The organizers of Moscow’s gay pride have appealed to court over Moscow City Hall’s refusal to authorize their event, activists said today. They have asked the Tverskoi District Court to consider their complaint before the events are due to be held, and are seeking for city officials to be ordered to authorize the parades and rallies.
The gay pride parade organizers plan to file additional complaints with Moscow’s Tagansky District Court against a ban on holding gay pride pickets on May 25 and 26, and with the Khimki City Court against a ban on holding a rally and gay pride march on May 25. The campaigners referred to the European Court of Human Rights’ 2010 ruling that found the ban of similar public events in Moscow in 2006, 2007 and 2008 to be illegal.
Moscow City Hall: Andrei Stenin, RAI Novosti
Shepton town councillor Simon Davies has spoken out after being targeted in a “politically-motivated” slur. He feels that certain individuals have been trying to “rubbish his name” by using the fact that he is gay as a way to discredit him. They have been insistent that Mr Davies has yet another Criminal Records Bureau check as he is the council representative on the skate park committee.
Mr Davies, who does not have any dealings directly with children, said: “I would not have minded in itself, I don’t think it’s unfair but it has all started from my views on gay marriage. Every single aspect of council life involves working with vulnerable people, so on that basis every one of us should be CRB checked. People have their views and that’s fine, people with anti-gay views are never going to change, but as long as this CRB check is done fairly and not for the simple fact I’m gay. I worry that this kind of thing happens to someone more sensitive than I am. It’s really bad, and the council has to respect the public and what they may think of this behaviour. I’m a human being, I’m not paid to be a town councillor, and I shouldn’t have to be treated in this way.”
Simon Davies is the former Mayor of Wells and owns a Coffee House in Shepton Mallet.
Simon Davies in his coffee house: Shepton Mallet People
Europe’s oldest matchmaking event, the traditional Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Ireland, is having a new gay and lesbian weekend at the start of the festival. “The Outing” is the brainchild of local hotelier Marcus White, who has enlisted Dublin Pride Festival organiser Eddie McGuinness to manage the event. They hope the Outing will become the world’s largest gay and lesbian singles event.
“At the end of the day it’s about love – that’s what the matchmaking festival has always been about. Ireland is leading the world on a lot of gay issues and hopefully we will have gay marriage soon, so the time is right for something like this to take place,” said Mr McGuinness.