Saint Petersburg administration banned a gay parade along the Nevsky avenue local LGBT community wanted to organize on May 1, said a representative of the community in an interview with city news outlet Fontanka.ru. Other requests to organize four meetings were also rejected.
City authorities appealed to the federal law prohibiting the demonstration of “untraditional sexual orientation” to children and teenagers.
Hopes of the LGBT community for getting a permission were anyway miserable as no one Russian city has permitted a gay or a lesbian parade so far. Moreover, as we wrote, recent years have seen a strong surge in anti-gay policy including the adoption of the above mention law as well as the regional St. Petersburg’s law of the same nature. The trend is supported by recent attacks by officials on the nudist beach on shores of Gulf of Finland near St. Petersburg and successful attempts to eliminate the concert of a hard metal band.
The LGBT activists decided to file a lawsuit to dispute the refusal it court but they seem to have moderate chances. In March this year, they already tried disputed the same refusal but lost and then moved on to an appeal which to be heard later.
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