Pride paradePost submitted by Eric Cameron, former HRC Digital Media Specialist

Moscow officials have rejected a bid by gay rights advocates to hold a pride parade in the city.

Last year, Moscow’s highest court upheld a city ban on gay pride parades for the next hundred years. The Moscow mayor’s office indicated that it will halt any unsanctioned attempts to hold a parade this year.

The New York Timesreports that this year’s parade permit refusal “emphasized the Russian government’s support for a wave of legislation in cities across the country banning ‘homosexual propaganda.’”

Many LGBT activists have blamed Russian political leadership and the growing body of anti-gay legislation for enabling more widespread discrimination against LGBT Russians and those perceived to be LGBT.

Earlier this week in the Russian city of Volgograd, a 23-year-old gay man was brutally beaten and murdered in what officials are calling a homophobia-motivated attack. The victim’s sexual orientation is believed to be the reason he was killed.

Friday is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHoT). Stay tuned to the HRC blog for further coverage.

Filed under: Hate Crimes, International

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