LGBT Rights Demonstrations in Russia and Poland

Queer.de in Germany has video footage of gay rights demonstrations that took place in Russia and Poland over the weekend. You can view the footage at their site. Queer.de is a German-language site, so I will loosely summarize what they are reporting:

Russia saw its first ever legally-sanctioned gay rights demonstration on Saturday in St. Petersburg. About twenty people took part. The recently imprisoned and freed Nikolai Alekseev was among them. Approximately thirty counter-protesters hurled eggs and insults at the demonstrators before the police restrained them. The counter-protesters consisted mainly of right-wing extremists and Orthodox Christians.

In Poland, demonstrations took place in Warsaw and Posen. In Warsaw, the protest was directed toward securing relationship recognition for same-sex couples. Dozens took part. In Posen, 50-100 people joined what was called “The March for Equal Rights.” Counter-protesters appeared at the Posen march, and mostly consisted of nationalists and soccer hooligans.


Liz Newcomb is an attorney by day and committed LGBT activist by night and weekend. She has worked as a researcher at the Williams Institute. While in law school at UCLA, she was Articles Editor of the LGBT law journal. Liz lives in West Hollywood with her wife, Lynne. They are one of the 18,000 California same-sex couples who got married during the summer before proposition 8 passed. Liz has lived in California for over 20 years and brings a left coast perspective to AMERICAblog.

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