FOR EVERY STEP OF THE NYC PRIDE PARADE, WE TOOK ONE VIRTUAL STEP IN MOSCOW.
ALL IN PROTEST OF THE LAWS FORBIDDING PRIDE IN RUSSIA.


 
 
 
 
 

In June 2012, Moscow courts enacted a hundred-year ban on gay pride parades (until 2112). In May 2013, the courts upheld the ban, saying that parades could "undermine a campaign to instill patriotic values in the city’s youths." Adding to this indignity was the fact that the decision was issued just days after a 23-year-old man was killed in a savage homophobic attack in the city of Volgograd in southern Russia.

More recently, in June 2013, Russia’s Parliament voted 436 – 0 (with one abstention) to pass a law that bans LGBTQ events or public discussion and prohibits individuals from providing information and/or educational materials to minors about homosexuality.

These are just part of widespread national and local Russian laws that limit LGBTQ rights. Since 2006, ten regions have enacted a ban on so-called "propaganda of homosexuality among minors." There are no laws protecting against discrimination or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Same-sex marriages and civil unions are illegal. And Russia is considering banning citizens of countries that allow same-sex marriage from adopting Russian children.

These acts have been condemned by human rights groups across the world, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.