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Saturday June 30 2012
02:00 PM

Dublin Gay Pride Parade - Sat 2pm

category national | gender and sexuality | event notice author Thursday June 28, 2012 10:54author by lgbtq Report this post to the editors

Meet at Garden of Remembrance -Sat 2pm

As part of the Dublin Pride LGBTQ Festival the annual Dublin Gay Pride Parade takes place on Sat June 30th at 2pm.


The parade sets off from Parnell Square, at the Garden of Remembrance, at 2 pm. The parade ends at Merrion Square Park, which from 3 pm onward becomes the site of the Pride in the Park Party. Performers include headliner Brian Kennedy along with several other talents, among them Paul Ryder, Leanne Harte, and Victoria Secret.

The official Pride Programme can be downloaded at this link: http://www.dublinpride.ie/events/programme

Last year we had over 20,000 March so take part and lets make it the biggest and best parade.

Related Link: http://www.dublinpride.ie/parade-day/parade
author by Percy Shelleypublication date Sat Jun 30, 2012 19:29Report this post to the editors

In Ireland the International Gay Police Association are on the Parade. In Moscow police break up Gay Pride Parade.

MOSCOW -- Gay activists tried to stage two demonstrations in Moscow on Sunday to demand the right to hold a gay pride parade in the Russian capital, but they were blocked first by Orthodox Christian opponents and then by police, who detained a total of about 40 people from both sides.

The gay activists first gathered outside the city council building, where a few scuffles occurred as their opponents tried to disrupt the demonstration, decrying homosexuality as a sin. After police broke up that protest, another group tried to stage a second protest at city hall, but once again police moved in and detained participants, including prominent gay rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev.

The majority of those detained were gay activists, but some of the Christian demonstrators also were pushed into police buses. Police said about 40 people were detained in all.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong.

Activists have long petitioned the Moscow government for permission to stage such a parade, but have always been denied. Former Mayor Yuri Luzhkov described gay parades as "satanic," while current Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has said he disapproves of gay gatherings because they could offend the religious beliefs of many Russians.

Gay activist Galina Kaptur criticized city authorities for treating homosexuality as a contagious disease that would be spread through society if gays were allowed to hold a parade.

"It's as if they thought that if all left-handed people held a parade, then afterward everyone would become left-handed," Kaptur said. "This is wrong."

Among the opponents of gay rights was Dmitry Tsarionov, who spoke to the crowd in front of a sign that said "Moscow is not Sodom."

"I will not allow perverts to bring the wrath of God onto our city," he said. "I want our children to live in a country where a sin that so awfully distorts human nature is not preached in schools."

This month, Alexeyev became the first person convicted under a new law in St. Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, which makes it a crime to spread "gay propaganda" among minors. Alexeyev was charged after he picketed St. Petersburg's city hall with a placard that said "homosexuality is not a perversion." He was fined 5,000 rubles (about $170).

The Russian parliament is considering extending the measure nationwide, which gay activists say would make it even easier to ban their public demonstrations.


Moscow court approves a 100-year ban on pride events by RACHEL KIRKLAND on JUNE 7, 2012 • In INTERNATIONAL

Moscow's officials have just been given carte blanche to quash all pride events for the next 100 years--that's right, until 2112. The Tverskoy district court, a local-level trial court, put its stamp of approval on the city's homophobic stance, which was brought to the fore by Nikolai Alekseev, a noted gay rights activist, founder of GayRussia.eu, and former journalist. Since 2006 Alekseev has applied 102 times for a permit to hold a pride march in the Russian capital, and each time his request has been denied. Just last week more than 30 people peacefully protesting for the right to hold a pride parade were arrested at the city council building.

This development follows on the heels of Alekseev's arrest in St. Petersburg under that city's new "gay propaganda" ban. The ban, which imposes a 5000-ruble (about $155) fine for "promoting homosexuality" among minors or "present[ing] homosexuality as normal behavior," has been mimicked in other regions of Russia and is gaining popularity among members of the national legislature, which may soon be considering such a country-wide ban.

Alekseev's group is appealing the Tverskoy court's decision to the Moscow City Court Presidium. If, as expected, this court affirms the original decision, an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is already in the works. In the meantime, the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) is set to consider a complaint by Irina Fedotova, who was arrested under a regional "gay propaganda" law last year. Any resulting UNHRC declaration would be unenforceable, though a ruling by the ECHR on Alekseev's case would be legally binding.



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