Thursday 2 March 2006
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
13 Kensington Palace Gardens,
London W8 4QX
The protest is being called by the organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia and will coincide with parallel protests in other European cities.
Nearest Tube: Queensway or Notting Hill Gate (0.3 miles)
Nearest Train: Paddington (0.8 miles)
Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has announced that the city government will not allow a gay parade "in any form" and any attempt to hold a gay event will be "resolutely quashed"
Chief Mufti of Russia's Central Spiritual Governance for Muslims, Talgat Tajuddin said:
"Muslims' protests can be even worse than these notorious rallies abroad over the scandalous cartoons… The parade should not be allowed, and if they still come out into the streets, then they should be bashed," he added.
Russian Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar said that if a gay pride was allowed to go ahead it "would be a blow for morality". He said the the Jewish community would not stand by silently. "Sexual perversions", he said, did not have a right to exist.
A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church (who have lobbied the mayor to ban the parade) spoke out against Moscow Pride, telling various media outlets that homosexuality is a "sin which destroys human beings and condemns them to a spiritual death."
Russian LGBT groups have called on their counterparts in other capital cities to demonstrate outside Russian embassies to make sure the issue gets the attention of the Russian media and to show their support for Russia’s struggling gay community.
The UK coordinator of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), Derek Lennard – who is helping to organise the protest in London – said:
"The first Pride in Moscow is of enormous and enormous importance particularly to the LGBT communities in the Baltic and Eastern European Countries. All those who are able to take the freedom to organise Pride for granted will surely want show their support for the LGBT community in Moscow."
Simultaneous demonstrations are planned in Paris and Warsaw.
Moscow Pride is part of an International Gay Festival in May which will be attended by 250 people including politicians and campaigners from all over the world.