Active members of different non-governmental organizations - representatives of Workers' International Committee, 'Rainbow association', 'Left-wing socialist action' and 'Yabloko' - held an "Equality parade" in Moscow despite the official ban.
Organizers of this action report in their blog that more than 50 people marched through Gogol boulevard of Moscow with bill boards, placards and rainbow flags on Sunday. "For equal rights without compromises", "Sex and sexual orientation is not a ground for discrimination", "My bed is my choice", "Down with obscurantism, hail sexual education", "LGBT is not about Carnival - we need equal rights!", and other slogans were in the hands of those marching.
Earlier Moscow authorities said that 'these slogans might weaken mental health and do moral harm to children and adolescents' and referred to '...numerous appeals from religious societies' that did not favour the idea of LGBT rights' equality.
"Equality march"'s participants scanned 'Fight against capitalism - down with homophobia', 'Kitchen and fashion is not the freedom (of speech)', 'No to discrimination, we want emancipation!', 'Down with the fascism of every kind from back streets to the palaces', 'Freedom is hard to win, LGBT is ready to fight!', 'We will fight again and again for our right to love!'.
Activists managed to keep in secret the action scene for the city authorities and no one was detained. Only an unidentified policeman tried with no effect to stop the action.
"We've done it finally! We thank everyone who was able to come and expressed his (her) position and thus supported us!" said 'Equality March' organizers to those who responded to the call of civil activity.
Today in the Independent press-centre its participants including some gay activists and feminists, will hold a press-conference and brief the audience in details about the meaning of their social struggle for equal rights.
English translation presented by Yerdna Bananes