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L.A. Councilmembers Protest Russian 'Sister City' with Rainbow Flag


Karen Ocamb at Frontiers reports that the Los Angeles "Sister Cities" sign near Los Angeles City Hall has a new appendage added by several City Councilmembers:

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge eloquently described their anger over the anti-gay “propaganda” law now being enforced in Russia before unveiling a small Rainbow flag attached to the St. Petersburg Sister City sign prominently displayed near City Hall. They declared their opposition to severing Sister City ties, hoping to leverage the relationship to benefit harassed and oppressed LGBT Russians.

Bonin, O'Farrell and LaBonge also introduced a resolution asking the State Department to expedite the asylum program to help LGBT Russians escaping oppression in their country.

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  1. Love our city council! They are so incredibly gay friendly

    Posted by: J | Aug 22, 2013 9:28:36 PM

  2. Whereas other major cities councils, including democrat, have oddly been more conservative than their constituents toward LGBT equality; Los Angeles is one where I'd dare say the city council is even more progressive then their constituents. And it's beautiful to see.

    Posted by: Mike Donner | Aug 22, 2013 9:29:49 PM

  3. Very lovely. The solidarity makes a huge difference.

    Posted by: L.C | Aug 22, 2013 9:31:06 PM

  4. Where's the tibet flag under Chinese city?

    Posted by: Fiveohone | Aug 22, 2013 10:06:47 PM

  5. Oh, that'll show em. Good grief, everybody is so afraid to take any real action against Russia, they resort to these ridiculous and meaningless gestures.

    Posted by: tom | Aug 22, 2013 10:24:07 PM

  6. Why is St Petersburg still the sister city of LA?

    Time for that link to be permanently severed.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 23, 2013 4:10:40 AM

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