Russia’s Arthouse Goes Ahead With ‘Pride’ Theatrical Release Despite Anti-Gay Laws

PRIDE in Russia

While we in America are fighting over the trailer of the upcoming fictionalized story of Stonewall,  Arthouse, a leading Russian distributor, has pushed ahead with the release of British LGBT-themed comedy-drama “Pride” in Russia despite the countries draconian anti-gay “propaganda” laws

In 2012 the Moscow Pride March was banned for 100 years by the city courts, and in 2013, President Vladimir Putin outlawed “ gay propaganda” that promoted “nontraditional sexual relations” to children.

The few LGBT themed movies that actually do get released in Russia must carry an “18+” logo, and only adults can watch the pic. Religious extremists and right-wing groups have sent teens under 18 to see these movies so that a prosecution can be brought, so theater owners have to check IDs.

“Pride,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, tells the PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story that takes place in the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

Now this is real courage.

 

 

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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