Evening, May 27th, 2009, activists of "Rainbow Syndrome" LGBT group honoured the memory of people who suffered from criminal prosecution set by the Article 121 of the Soviet Crime Code, that provided criminal prosecution for gay sex. At 9 pm gay action’s participants lit candles near the memorial for the victims to political repressions in this southern Russian city, reports LGBTrights.ru.
"This evening we’ve decided to remember those who simply loved but were suppressed by the totalitarian state on political grounds. Today everyone is aware that homosexuality is the other version of norm. We hope the Russian authorities would admit that those people had suffered without a reason and would be rehabilitated", LGBTrights.ru cites the words of one of the action’s participants.
The symbols of the action - a pink triangle and a lit candle - were aimed to recall in mind the fact that gay-hate laws or legalised homophobia are typical traits of almost every totalitarian state. Candles were put in a form of a triangle and under every candle was a small pink paper triangle.
Translated by Yerdna Bananes