Authorities in the North Caucasian cities of Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria; Cerkessk, Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Stavropol, Stavropol Krai, have denied queer activists permission to hold LGBTQ pride parades.
A source in the Nalchik City Council told OC Media, “Kabardino-Balkaria is a territory of traditional family values, where people have for centuries cared for national customs and culture.”
OC Media writes:
The authors of the requests are well-known queer activists Vladimir Klimov and Nikolay Alekseyev. Both are active supporters of Russia’s queer community and on earlier occasions have supported holding mass queer events in various regions of Russia. According to them, the aim of the pride parades — each of which was envisioned for up to 300 people — was to ‘attract the attention of society and the authorities to the human rights problems of people of a homosexual orientation, homophobia, transphobia, fascism, and xenophobia’.
Queer activists plan to appeal the city authorities’ decisions in court.