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Russian-Speaking New Yorkers March For Gay Rights

A group of about 70 Russian-speaking Americans participated in New York's annual Gay Pride Parade on June 24. They were members of RUSA LGBT, a New York-based gay-rights organization for those of Russian descent. They said they were marching in an effort to raise awareness about new laws in Russia they say discriminate against gays, including a law in St. Petersburg that outlaws so-called "homosexual propaganda."

As the parade began, organizer Yelena Goltsman gathered the group and shouted, "Let's show 'em the Russian are coming! They're here!"
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As the parade began, organizer Yelena Goltsman gathered the group and shouted, "Let's show 'em the Russian are coming! They're here!"

Someone in the crowd then called out, "And they're queer!"
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Someone in the crowd then called out, "And they're queer!"

A similar gay-pride parade was banned in Moscow in May after the mayor said it could spark civil unrest.
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A similar gay-pride parade was banned in Moscow in May after the mayor said it could spark civil unrest.

Since 2006, the annual gay-pride rallies in Moscow have been marred by arrests and violent clashes with police and antigay onlookers.
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Since 2006, the annual gay-pride rallies in Moscow have been marred by arrests and violent clashes with police and antigay onlookers.

Marchers in New York tied white ribbons on each other's wrists, echoing ongoing Russian protests against government repression.
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Marchers in New York tied white ribbons on each other's wrists, echoing ongoing Russian protests against government repression.

One of the participants does the limbo beneath a pink boa.
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One of the participants does the limbo beneath a pink boa.

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