Saturday, 3 August 2013

"No more homophobia, fascism in Armenia" - message from Stockholm Gay Pride

"No more homophobia, fascism in Armenia" - message on a poster carried during the Stockholm Gay Pride march in Sweden.

This is a clear reference to an alarmingly increased wave of homophobia in Armenia, with firebombing of gay friendly DIY bar and disruption of Diversity march in capital Yerevan by neo-nazi elements. These all being accompanied by continuous high level hate-filled speeches and actions from MPs and state officials. Few days ago firebombers of DIY bar were effectively pardoned.

In addition, Gay Star News reports that "this year’s Stockholm Pride is special because it is the first to explicitly invite LGBT Russians to Sweden, giving them a safe haven from the anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws signed by President Vladimir Putin in June."

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