Despite the fact that the cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg have been well known for their thriving LGBT communitiesthere has been growing opposition towards gay rights among politicians since Spread the word. Pavel Petel on Russia's 'anti-gay' law — He says that if he lived abroad as a gay person he would avoid a country with repressive laws. Huffington Post. Olga, a local activist, has arranged for me to meet some of those living with the fallout from the law. I just wanted people not to take me for granted, I wanted to be… treated equally.
The protest site was occupied by a large number of demonstrators, some of whom were dressed as Russian Orthodox priests and Cossacks.
The law was also criticized for leading to an increase and justification of homophobic violence while the implications of the laws in relation to the then-upcoming Winter Olympics being hosted by Sochi were also cause for concern, as the Olympic Charter contains language explicitly barring various forms of discrimination. Open in a separate window. Accessed 16 Dec
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