About 250 people participated today in gay action "Rainbow flashmob" in Saint-Petersburg, dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO(T) and organised by federal "Russian LGBT Net" and local LGBT "Coming Out" and LesbiPARTYya organisations under the motto "We don't pretend to be not existing anymore". Gaynews.Ru reports (automatic translation here), the gay action began on Ligovsky avenue, then its participants wearing T-shirts with the action's logo went through Nevsky avenue - the central street of the city. On its way LGBT community members handed out to passers-by leaflets informing that homosexuality was not a disease.
Although the police patrol squad arrived lately but it did not find any breach of the acting law...
The finishing point of the action was the Strelka (the eastern tip of Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg) where its participants have launced into the sky of the Russian Northern Palmyra hundreds of colored air-balloons. Similar gay actions took place these days in many other cities across Russia.
Since May 17th, 2005 the international community celebrates the IDAHO day founded by Lous-Georges Tin, a French writer and scientist. At that day in 1990 the General Assembly of the World Health Organisation cancelled the homosexuality from the list of mental diseases. At present time the IDAHO is officially celebrated in Great Britain, France, Mexico, Belgium, Costa-Rica and Luxembourg. Moscow, Kurgan, Chelyabinsk, Tomsk, Khabarovsk, Rostov-on-Don and other Russian cities also held similar gay actions, national mass medias report.
Translated by Yerdna Bananes