Security Dept. denies license for parade honoring drag queen
By Staff Writer
MOSCOW (INTELLIHUB) — Alexei Maiorov, the Security Dept. head for Moscow stated to press recently, that a parade honoring Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision singing contest winner, will not be taking place in the city for fears of conflicts between gays and anti-gays. While it’s legal to be homosexual in Russia, it’s not promoted by the State and has caused quite the controversy over the past few years.
In fact, gay pride parades have been banned citywide for the next 98-years. Sean Michaels reporting for The Guardian wrote:
“We informed them that the event could not take place,” Alexei Mayorov explained to Interfax. While the Associated Press reported that there were “concerns [the march] would provoke clashes between gays and their opponents”, Mayorov told Interfax that the city’s decision rested on their wish to “respect morality in the education of the younger generation”.
By choosing 27 May for the bearded march, organizers had hoped to mark the 21st anniversary of homosexuality’s legalization in Russia. Alexeyev told Pravda that they plan to “urgently appeal” the mayor’s decision; even if unsuccessful, they will try to merge the event with a proposed gay pride parade in 31 May. They face an uphill battle: in 2012, Moscow city government enacted a 100-year ban on pride marches.
Moreover, according to an article written by Christian Walters, Russia’s homophobic President Vladimir Putin went after anti-Russian protesters in Kiev, labeling them “gay Nazis”. An except from the article reads:
The gay Nazis label was simultaneously an attempt to tie the new pro-Europe camp in Kiev to the hated German Third Reich while also taking advantage of the growing acceptance of gay marriage in the West, particularly in the United States.
“Putin has said homosexuality is not our values, and that sense of tolerance of homosexuality is not part of Euroasia,” said Schmidt, who will be in Ukraine monitoring the May 25 elections that are being overseen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
As of now it’s unknown when the next pro-gay push in Russia will be.
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