Russia has been cracking down on LGBT rights as much as they can. In a not surprising move, skinheads armed with smoke bombs taunted LGBT marchers rallying in central St. Petersburg in the first sanctioned rally since the city banned so-called gay propaganda. The LGBT rights activists numbered about 100 and were outnumbered two-to-one by the anti-gay thugs identifying themselves as Orthodox Christian activists.
The gay rights activists arrived on by bus, carried rainbow flags and colored balloons, and chanted slogans including “shame to fascists” for about fifteen minutes before being forced to leave. They also held a moment of silence for the gay man who was tortured and murdered in Volgograd on 10 May.
Olga Lenkova, a spokeswoman for Coming Out, stated“This rally was organized as a reminder to civil society about the rights of homosexuals.” The rally was the first approved of by the first since November 2011.
The rally comes as Russia is planning on spreading the law which forbids ‘comment or actions that give minors “the false perception: that traditional and nontraditional relationships are socially equal.” The law has been heavily criticized by The move comes despite the fact that just barely more than one in three Russians favor curbing the civil rights of lesbians and gays.