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Activists Arrested at Moscow Demonstration Over Gay Blood

Ten people, including the leader of Moscow's Gay Pride movement, Nikolai Alekseyev, demonstrated outside the Ministry of Health and Social Development building in Moscow late last week, and seven were arrested.

MoscowactivistbloodThe activists were protesting Russia's law prohibiting the donation of blood by gay men, a policy echoed by various governments around the world, including the United States.

Russia Today reports: "Mr Alekseyev says its unfair to compare gay men to drug users and sex workers, pointing out that there is no law preventing gay women from giving blood. He added that the health service is desperately short of blood, yet it is 'stopping people giving blood for reasons that are incomprehensible.'...Mr Alekseyev questioned the legality of the arrests, saying there was no trouble at the demonstration and that the protesters 'didn't interfere with anyone.' Alekseyev added that the protest was in no way connected to politics or the inflammatory Gay Pride parade, which takes place in Moscow every summer. He insisted Friday's action was meant only to show the discriminatory nature of the law."

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  1. I work in health care and even the doctors and nurses who work with me are stunned that gay men are prohibited from giving blood.

    The general straight community really has no knowledge of the little slings and arrows we put up with on a daily basis. Maybe that should be part of our next information campaign.

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 17, 2007 11:53:28 AM

  2. Part of me wants to organize a group to go over to Moscow next year for their Gay Pride march. I watched a show on PBS called "In the Life" last night about this year's Gay Pride march. It was seriously disturbing. Those men and women need our support. We need to stand in solidarity with them.

    Posted by: Tread | Sep 17, 2007 12:05:40 PM

  3. Those Russian men and women are very brave souls indeed.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 17, 2007 12:34:14 PM

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