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Breaking: Moscow Pride Banned Again

Crossposted from my blog, Culturally Progressive.

The Russian Government has marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) by once again banning Moscow Gay Pride. Moscow’s Deputy Mayor Ludmila Shvetsova cites the city’s inability to provide adequate protection and security from the anti-gay forces who will inevitably attend the event.

This is bullshit. One of the main threats of violence for the Pride organizers and marchers comes from Moscow’s Police and Riot guard themselves, who have interrupted the marches and violently arrested participants year after year.

While organizers of 6th annual Moscow Pride on May 28th of this year plan to hold their event regardless of the City Hall decision, this certainly comes as a blow to their organizing and once again reflects the stubborn bigotry of Moscow’s leadership. Their next step is to move their plea directly to the federal government and apply for a permit to march in front of the Kremlin, the federal seat of power, an area which is under the direct jurisdiction of President Dmitri Medvedev.

WaPo Article on LGBT Politics Only Quotes White Men

cross-posted from my blog

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Now this is disappointing.

A profile from today’s Washington Post about Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, only quotes white men .  The article is all about the criticisms of the HRC from within the LGBT community, yet the author, Lonnae O’Neal Parker , didn’t quote, source, or reference a broad enough swath of the LGBT activist population. There are at least five people quoted in the piece, Messina, Kameny, Elmendorf, Hauslaib, and Petrelis, and based on my research, they are all white men.

This is a wholly unrepresentative sample of the movement. Her oversight severely weakens the point, that there is dissent within the ...

cross-posted from my blog

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Now this is disappointing.

A profile from today’s Washington Post about Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, only quotes white men .  The article is all ...