Even though Moscow has banned gay pride parades for the last five years, yesterday activists, including Andy Thayer of Chicago’s Gay Liberation Network who earlier this week flew to Russia to participate defied riot police and staged two small “flash” parades without incident. Strategic planning by the activists managed to keep the events below the radar of anti-gay nationalists and neo-nazis. For once.
The two Gay Pride parades were held without arrests in Moscow on Saturday, the first time the notoriously intolerant Russian authorities have not intervened since the inaugural attempt to hold the event in the capital in 2006. The activists’ spokesman claimed that the absence of harrasment, beatings and detentions was due to their “military planning” rather than any kind of warming toward non-traditional orientation among officials. Moscow riot police typically disperse such gatherings with brute force, emboldened by declarations from city Mayor Yury Luzhkov equating homosexuals with the devil. The activists also blame Russia’s resurgent Orthodox Church, which publicly and sternly denounces gay culture, for fomenting homophobia. About 25 activists held a short demonstration on The Arbat, a pedestrian street lined with shops and cafes that is one of Moscow’s main tourist draws. They marched for about 10 minutes, holding banners and shouting slogans such as “No discrimination on the grounds of orientation.” Some observers waved and laughed, and there were no signs of hostility. Police did not try to disperse the march, but when the demonstrators saw a line of uniformed officers blocking the street ahead of them, they scattered.
Besides Thayer, British activist Peter Tatchell took part in one of the parades. Tatchell sustained permanent brain damage when he was beaten by Moscow police at a Pride demonstration in 2007.days
I am hoping that Andy will send me an updates and pictures of the days events……..
In the meantime, heres some video that was posted on Youtube
Someone call that homophobic bigot a waaaaaaaaambulance!
“Porno Pete” Labarbera and Matt Barber
Thnaks to the lobbying of Chicago’s Gay Liberation Network, a totally awesome LGBT activist group whom I support 100 percent, “Porno Pete” LaBarbera’s Americans For Truth About Homosexuality has been listed as a hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the watchdog group that tracks hate groups in numerous categories. The SPLC contends that the ATAH “not merely … opposes legal equality for gays or others, but [also] … intentionally utilize[s] discredited and slanderous propaganda to spread lies about a group of people.” LaBarbera, who has always been direct about his opposition to homosexuality, has issue with being called hateful. (Poor bigot baby)
“What about the hateful rhetorical attacks against me and AFTAH and nasty shibboleths that come routinely from the Left? ‘Porno Pete’? Honestly, this is the type of malicious, hateful slander I experience on a daily basis (it is analogous in its ugliness to Phelps’ use of the term “Fag”). It appears the SPLC has a glaring double standard that you are now defiantly telegraphing to the world: principled, religious conservatives qualify as ‘haters,’ while even the most vicious liberal activists get a free pass. On that point: has SPLC ever cited a homosexual activist group like ACT UP for ‘hateful’ actions/assaults against religious groups? Have you investigated malicious websites like Joe Jervis’ ‘Joe.My.God’ blog — which revels in grotesque smears against AFTAH and other Christian conservatives?”
LaBarbera clearly doesn’t like that the of “smearing” Christian conservatives by quoting their idiocy verbatim. is what actually hangs themselves by their own words.
And speaking of being well hung by words……… (And probably the ONLY way he’s hung)
The Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber defended LaBarbera with what might be one of the most unintentionally comic and quotes of all times vy these haters:
“But seriously, if [Peter LaBarbera’s Americans For Truth About Homosexuality] is a “hate group,” then so is Liberty Counsel, Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, American Family Association, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Roman Catholic Church. Any group that observes and defends traditional sexual morality would have to be labeled such.”