St. Petersburg Ordered To Allow Pride Parade

This week, a Russian court ordered that a gay pride parade must be allowed in St. Petersburg. This order was passed down months after city officials banned a pride march in the city.

After ruling that the city’s decision to ban the gay pride march was against the law, a judge imposed a November 1st deadline for city authorities to allow the pride event organizers to organize a new parade. The St. Petersburg city government has proclaimed their willingness to comply with the court’s mandate.

“If the City Hall respects the decision, it will be an amazing victory,” Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev wrote in UK Gay News.

This will be St. Petersburg’s first legal Gay Pride Parade.