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GAY PRIDE & LIBERATION EVENTS

Moscow Pride is this Sunday* --

Tell the Russian Authorities to NOT Repress It!

For the third year in row, Russian LGBT activists will attempt to celebrate Gay Pride in Russia on the anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1993**. In previous years the anti-gay Mayor of Moscow has denied LGBT activists permits, allow neo-fascists and religious fanatics to physically attack Pride participants, and then arrested the participants in the bargain.

This year the government took the unprecedented step of "pre-emptively" denying a permit for Pride even before activists applied for it! Fortunately, things are not all bleak. A few weeks ago, after a concerted campaign including several arrests of activists, Moscow gays won the right to be blood donors – something we have not won in the United States.

Nonetheless, Pride has become a focal point for the struggle of Russian LGBT people organizing for their rights. Please contact the Russian embassy and demand that they respect the basic human right of Lesbian and Gay people to assemble, and let them know that we will not be silent if they repress Gay Pride this Sunday, June 1st.

Telephone the Embassy of the Russian Federation:

202-298-5700, 202.298-5701, 202.298-5704

Send a Fax to:

202-298-5735

* Originally scheduled for May 31st, a few days ago our Russian friends told us that they had rescheduled Pride for Sunday, June 1st

** Shortly after its October 1917 revolution, Russia was the first nation in the 20th Century to decriminalize homoseuxality. Unfortunately the freedom was short-lived. Stalin recriminalized it in 1933 as part of a widespread effort to repress gays, women, and national and religious minorities.



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