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Gay Russian Website Censored by Authorities After Moscow Mayor Bans Gay Pride for Fifth YEar

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov's remains consistent in his homophobia:

Luzhkov "Not unexpectedly, the homophobic Mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, has banned the march planned in Russian capital as part of Moscow Pride on May 29. It is the fifth successive year that the Mayor, who infamously described Gay Pride parades a 'satanic happenings', has invoked a ban. 'As soon as we receive the authorities’ refusal in writing, we will appeal it in the Tver District Court,' chief organiser Nikolai Alekseev said this afternoon.

Alekseev is also saying that Moscow authorities have blocked GayRussia.Ru, the website of Pride organizers, in an attempt to stifle news of the ban.

Journalist Rex Wockner forwarded the following bulletin sent from Alekseev: "GayRussia.Ru server is blocked by the provider Caravan (www.caravan.ru) under pressure from Moscow Government at the moment when many news sites, both in Russia and abroad are giving direct links to the site concerning the ban of the fifth Moscow Pride."

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  1. My primary care Dr. is Russian, he is so straightforward and "rational" he is clueless. I had to con him into giving me my standard "you are middle aged" physical, but alas, how to change physicians in the system my insurance gives me? I hate to be a bigot, but what can you say to authoritarians who have a million reasons not to do their jobs? Russians love that shit, like flies on sugar.

    Posted by: SeriouslySick | May 20, 2010 2:40:49 PM


  2. Like that will stop it. Has this homophobic dumbass heard of Twitter, Facebook or YouTube? So when are they going to find him cruising a bath house?

    Posted by: Keith | May 20, 2010 2:49:56 PM


  3. He looks like Professor X.

    Posted by: Michael W. | May 20, 2010 3:13:28 PM


  4. So that explains it. I tried to go to the site yesterday and today and got nothing. The other major Russian site only sort of half covers Russian political news, and had, for example, nothing on the Belarus pride, even though most of the protesters there seemed to be Russian. The most popular Russian site (gay.ru) is basically against a pride parade, as are most of the clubs and saunas -- they'd rather make money and not make waves.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | May 20, 2010 3:36:22 PM


  5. So that explains it. I tried to go to the site yesterday and today and got nothing. The other major Russian site only sort of half covers Russian political news, and had, for example, nothing on the Belarus pride, even though most of the protesters there seemed to be Russian. The most popular Russian site (gay.ru) is basically against a pride parade, as are most of the clubs and saunas -- they'd rather make money and not make waves.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | May 20, 2010 3:36:22 PM


  6. Wow the paucity of comments on this post are stark in comparison to the Malawi post. I wonder why?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | May 20, 2010 3:42:11 PM


  7. @sugarhill Because no one is being arrested and sentenced to 14 years in jail for a public display of "gayism."

    At the end of the day, all these stories add up and just go to show how much further we have to go to achieve equality; here and around the world.

    Posted by: Keith | May 20, 2010 5:52:21 PM


  8. In addition, no troll (supposedly from Malawi) has come here to this thread and posted bigoted comments.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 20, 2010 6:06:12 PM


  9. Just like old times! One wonders if these people didn't deserve stalin. I'm being sarcastic, of course, but change of heart doesn't occur through reason or asking politely.

    Posted by: TANK | May 20, 2010 6:17:19 PM


  10. "satanic"? Really? It just goes to show that beauty may be skin deep but ugliness (and stupidity) go straight to the bone.

    And then there's the whole blocking their website to keep the flow of information to a minimum. That may have worked in 1993 when the internets were new and exciting and people were HAPPY to run on 56K speed and there wasn't a such thing as twitter, facebook, myspace (yeah, myspace is still around. I know. I was shocked too.) and a plethora of other social networking sites as well. Stemming the flow of information is a thing of the past. If people want news, they'll find a way to get it and disperse it.

    There are so many things in this world we could spend our time and resources being worried about and fighting against. Fighting gays and our parades and our rights to be first class citizens (and everything that comes along with that right) alongside our straight country men and women more and more is becoming a losing battle. At least in Western countries. Third world countries, *cough*Malawi*cough* not so much.

    Posted by: Stephen | May 20, 2010 11:23:17 PM


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