Moscow Pride 2011: a Response to the Obama Administration’s Statement

May 31, 2011 · 1985 views

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by Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network (Chicago), participant in Moscow Pride 2011 The first and most important thing that needs to be said is that we are very fortunate that no Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and […]


  1. zoe nicholson says:

    Just a few weeks ago I saw the movie, Beyond Gay – The History of Pride. It gave me a real sense of context as to how brave the Russian activists are and how repressed their society is. More importantly it gave me focus – to admit how puny our demands here in the uS, which seem so radical from a narrow lens of conservatives. We are actually on the last steps in our marathon and the US must finish full equality under the law AND we must simultaneously stand with LGBT around the world as we are so far ahead of them in our rights. It is like oxygen – we can breathe and we must demand it for everyone.
    Thank you Andy, thank you Dan, thanks to all who traveled and brought back the message; we are everywhere, no one can be ignored.

  2. Average Joe says:

    It’s a stain on Russia to allow themselves to be pushed around by the fascists. It is what keeps a third-world country, third-world. I wasn’t surprised to see the police at Budapest pride being so incompetent towards the invading fascists but I expected more from the Russian police. Maybe it’s because I’m Russian.

    Russia, you embarrass us all when you let the police just stand there like a bunch of overpaid idiots. Learn to protect your people (not just the corrupt ones!) and maybe then the world can respect you.

  3. I wish it were simply the incompetence of the police. Instead, they directly attacked us, with the fascists getting in their kicks and punches where they could.

  4. Judy says:

    You have misgendered the trans-woman activist in the beginning of this article when you wrote “Anna Komarova, a long-time member of the GayRussia organization, was kicked three or four times in the head while he lay on the pavement”. Please change that.

    Thank you.

  5. Andy says:

    Shame on the Russian government and shame on the EU, with which Russia does more than 50% of its trade, for not doing more against the violence on a political level. Particular shame on Germany for not doing more against it, as Germany is the largest trading partner of Russia and has very close relations with Russia. Well, I guess ex chancellor Gerhard Schröder gives a damn and takes the offer from Gazprom, the large Russian state gas company, to be a member of Gazprom’s board of directors. From the current chancellor Merkel who can speak Russian fluently I can expect no help. In an interview some months ago she showed her office, on her desk is no photo of her family only one photo from Catherine the Great.

  6. Anders says:

    Andy T., Thank you for your commitment to reporting what has been happening on the ground, and the sacrifices of the Russian activists. Yours and Russian activists’ efforts promote not only LGBT rights, but also the rule of law in Russia by exposing its absence.

    I wanted to point out the contrast between the St. Petersburg and Moscow city governments with respect to LGBT rights rallies, because St. Pete is receiving little attention in Western reports. The St. Petersburg police protected a rainbow flash mob at the Aviators Park south of the city center during the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia last month. In addition, other events happened out in provincial areas of Russia that are worth noting.

    It seems St. Petersburg gov’t. is showing signs of abiding by the European Court for Human Rights decision in favor of Russian LGBT activists, while Moscow city government punches the Court and the LGBT community in the face. I am sure the Russian federal authorities are aware of this, and it is worth sharing with a Western audience.

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