Gay Pride Still Banned For 100 Years In Moscow

MoscowPrideThere will not be another legal gay pride held in Moscow during our lifetimes. That is if Moscow's highest court has its way, because it ruled today that the city's 100 year ban on LGBT pride parades still stands. Prominent equality activist Nikolay Alexeyev, however, promises to continuing to fight for his and others' civil rights.

From BBC News:

[Alexeyev] had gone to court hoping to overturn the city council's ban on gay parades.

He had asked for the right to stage such parades for the next 100 years.

On Friday he said he would go back to the European Court in Strasbourg to push for a recognition that Moscow's ban on gay pride marches – past, present and future – was unjust.

The Moscow city government argues that the gay parade would risk causing public disorder and that most Muscovites do not support such an event.

Russia has been a hotbed of anti-LGBT discrimination as of late: St. Petersburg banned "homosexual propaganda", which includes vocal support of equality like Madonna's recent protest.