Moscow rejects petition for gay pride march

Days after a gay man was brutally murdered, city officials have denied a request to hold a march in his honor

By Katie McDonough
May 14, 2013 9:29PM (UTC)
main article image
A man protesting a gay pride parade attempts to rip a gay rights activist's banner in Moscow, May 27, 2012. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Days after a 23-year-old gay man was brutally murdered in what Russian authorities believe to be a hate crime, Moscow city officials have denied a permit request to hold a gay pride memorial march in the victim's honor.

After filing the request on Monday, gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev announced a plan to hold the march for Vladislav Tornovoi, “whether authorities grant permission or not."


City officials denied the request, saying there is "no need for such events in the city," as the Moscow Times reports:

[Alexei Mayorov, head of City Hall's security department] said gay activists would be officially notified about the rejection Wednesday.

On Monday, gay activists applied for official permission to hold a parade, picket and meeting on May 25, saying they would take to the streets irrespective of whether authorities grant permission.

Every year since 2006, when the first request was filed, Moscow authorities have refused to grant permission for a gay pride parade.

Gay activists said Monday that St. Petersburg authorities had sanctioned a gay rights rally, despite the city's highly publicized law against "homosexual propaganda."



Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

MORE FROM Katie McDonoughFOLLOW kmcdonovgh

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Anti-gay Violence Gay Pride Gay Rights Hate Crimes Homophobia Russia Violence Vladimir Putin