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Russia's First-Ever "Gay Pride" Parade Banned Within 24 Hours of Being Announced

Local authorities say they will not hold any gay parades, because they want to protect children from the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations

Originally appeared at: Independent

What would have been Russia’s first-ever gay Pride event has been cancelled within 24 hours of being announced.

A gay rights activist said the celebration would be held in the village of Yablonevy, near the town of Novoulyanovsk, which has a population of seven people.

Nikolay Alexeev wrote on Facebook to say he had received a letter saying the event could take place outside the town. 

He said the event would take place on 26 August and warned that the authorised number of attendees, 300, should not be exceeded.

However, unnamed local authorities then said the “information is not true” and stressed “we will not hold any gay parades” in a statement to the Tass news agency

Such parades are often shut down by Russian authorities due to a 2013 law which banned homosexual propaganda and demonstrations supporting "gay rights".

Gennady Denikayev, the town manager of Novoulyanovsk, told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty the decision was invalid because he had not been consulted.

“I made a decision, there will be no gay parade,” he said. “We intend to protect traditional family values and, foremost, our children from the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”

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