RESUMEN: Os dejo esta carta de Peter Tatchell, activista gay por los derechos LGBT y Nikolai Alekseev, coordinador de la Red Rusa LGBT, al respecto de la manifestación del Orgullo LGBT Eslavo que se celebrará mañana día 16 en Moscú, coincidiendo con el Festival de Eurovisión. Dicha manifestación ha sido prohibida por las autoridades municipales que han amenazado con disolverla por la fuerza. Esperamos que la presión internacional evite represalias contra estos valientes activistas cuya lucha por la igualdad de derechos compartimos todos.
Para más información puedes ir aquí: Eurovision 2009 y la homofobia de las autoridades rusas
NOTA: La carta está en inglés pero con el botón de Google translator, a la derecha, se puede traducir haciendo click...
MOSCOW MAYOR – GAY ACTIVISTS SEEK MEETING
ABSTRACT: Dialogue urged to resolve dispute over gay parade. Tatchell allowed into Russia. Arrived this morning. He urges respect for Russia’s great gay icons, such as Peter Tchaikovsky, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Gogol.
Moscow – 14 May 2009
"I appeal to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov to meet with me and the Slavic Gay Pride organizers to discuss his anxieties about the gay parade. We are keen to reassure him. Dialogue can create understanding and facilitate the amicable solution we seek. We are ready to meet the Mayor anywhere at anytime. I hope he will agree. Meeting us would be a generous, conciliatory gesture,” said British gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who arrived in Moscow today to support Saturday’s planned gay parade in the city centre.
The Moscow authorities have banned the gay parade and threatened “tough measures” against the marchers – even though the right to protest in guaranteed under the Russian constitution.
"Many great Russians have been gay or bisexual, including Peter Tchaikovsky, Sergei Eisentein, Modest Mussorgsky, Nijinski, Sergei Diaghilev, Nikolai Gogol, and Rudolf Nureyev. The Russian people should celebrate their gay history with pride. These gay Russian artists and intellectuals have made an immense contribution to human civilisation," said Mr Tatchell.
Mr Tatchell is the human rights spokesperson for the Green Party of England and Wales. He is also the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford East at the next UK general election, and hopes to be elected MP of the university city.
Nikolai Alekseev, the organizer of the gay parade said:
“All we seek is the right to hold a gay parade like they have in other European cities. This is not unreasonable. Sadly, the Moscow authorities have so far refused to meet and dialogue with us. We are sure that a solution can be found if the mayor and his officials meet us. We are offering him an olive branch. I hope he will reciprocate,” said Mr Alekseev.
At the Moscow Pride parade in 2007, Mr Tatchell was badly beaten and arrested. He has been left with permanent minor eye and brain damage, which has adversely affected his vision, concentration, memory, balance and coordination.
“I am undeterred by my violent experiences last time. It is important to support brave Russians who are defending the right to protest. The right to hold a gay parade is an issue of fundamental civil liberties. We are defending the freedom of expression of all Russians, gay and straight,” added Mr Tatchell.
Mr Tatchell was granted a Russian visa and had no trouble when he arrived at Moscow airport this morning. “Immigration officials were welcoming, friendly and courteous,” he said.
More information: Nikolai Alekseev +7 916 255 8240