Some days ago a Russian gay man was brutally murdered in a homophobic attack. Througout the country there are massive discrimination of lgbt people. Both by the government and by other citizens. In 8 regions in Russia they have already adopted anti-propaganda bills prohibiting persons or organizations to speak of lgbt in a positiv way. And soon, 98% probability (according to the leader of St.Petersburg pride) there will be a law on federal level too.
What to the Russian gay community do? Do they go underground? Do they get invicible? No, they prove themselves invincible!
On the 17th of May, on the International Day Against Homophobia, there will be a legal lgbt picket in Petrozavodsk. The same day there will be pickets and prides in other cities in Russia, both legal and not leagal.
In Moscow the lgbt activists have been applying to have a pride on the 25th or 26th of May, but they know that most probably they will get a no from the major for the 8th time. And for the 8th time they still will march the streets of the Russian capital. Walk unafraid!
The thing I ask myself is: Where do they get their courage from? I asked a facebook friend of mine: what can we do for you? He said: send hugs! So I'll do that, send hugs and lots of love to Russia. It might not help, but it can't hurt, could it?