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.