Russian LGBTI supporters march — with help from police

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Despite its reputation for anti-gay fervor, Russia is home to many supporters of LGBTI people and many advocates for LGBTI people’s human rights. Hundreds of them marched through St. Petersburg on May 1, as Queer Russia reported:

LGBT rights marchers in the May Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo courtesy of Vmeste Coalition and Queerussia.info) LGBT rights marchers in the May Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Photo courtesy of Vmeste Coalition and Queerussia.info)

Rainbow May Day in St. Petersburg draws hundreds of LGBTs and allies despite threats and curses.

This pink tank was prepared for use in the May Day parade. (Photo courtesy of Vmeste Coalition and Queerussia.info) This pink tank was prepared for use in the May Day parade. (Photo courtesy of Vmeste Coalition and Queerussia.info)

On May 1, the Rainbow May Day march was held in St. Petersburg for the fifth year in a row, drawing hundreds of participants and guarded by the local police. The rainbow column was a part of a bigger Democratic March bringing together a number of trade unions, political and social movements to celebrate the International Workers’ Day.

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