Sunday, May 28, 2006

Moscow Mayor Like Edmonton's

The Mayor of Moscow sounds like the Mayor of Edmonton, Bill Smith, who refused to recognize Gay Pride Week. So this is not a uniquely Russian phenomena,it occurs too regularly across Canada. But at least the Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transexual community gets to parade. And before folks start getting self righteous the USA is no better getting into hissy fits over Gay Veterans and Gays marching in St. Patrick Day parades. And these cops do look pretty ugly so I don't think the flowers are for them.

Cops, Protesters Prevent Moscow Gay Parade

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said in a radio interview Friday gay parades ''may be acceptable for some kind of progressive, in some sense, countries in the West, but it is absolutely unacceptable for Moscow, for Russia." ''As long as I am mayor, we will not permit these parades,'' he said.

Fedor Savintsev/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images

Nikolai Alekseyev, left, the leader of a gay rights group in Russia, was stopped by policemen Saturday in central Moscow as the authorities moved to block a parade by gay rights advocates. Religious leaders had condemned the planned march, and right-wing nationalists threatened violence.

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