Moscow mayor stands firm against the hordes of western perverts and those pesky, home-grown Russian homos in Pride parade battle
Yuri Luzhkov is a regular Russian hero.
The Moscow mayor has placed himself between his city and the godless hordes from the West. As stalwart Russians before him turned back rampaging western villains like Napoleon and Hitler, now he stands unyielding against the latest threat: homos.
Luzhkov and city officials barred a Pride parade in Moscow in 2006, and he just made it plain, while addressing a group that included the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, that in 2007 he intends to be repetitive.
“Last year, Moscow came under unprecedented pressure to sanction the gay parade, which can be described in no other way than as satanic,” said Luzhkov.
There’s a strong leader. He denounces his foe as working for the devil, and so automatically positions himself as a VIP on the other side.
“We did not let the parade take place then, and we are not going to allow it in the future,” he proclaimed.
This guy doesn’t just man the barricades, he is the barricade.
Luzhkov also said, according to The Associated Press, that Western countries are facing a religious crisis: “Some European nations bless single-sex marriages and introduce sexual guides in schools. Such things are a deadly moral poison for children.”
Ooh, that’s another clever touch: We must protect the children. Our man must’ve taken classes at the Institute of Fear, a popular finishing school for politicians the world over.
Last year Moscow’s authorities cited the potential for violence as the main reason for banning the parade, but also sniffed at the very notion of gay rights. Gay activists from Russia and Europe chose to defy the ban, and on May 27 wound up having anything but a gay old time.
Religious and nationalist extremists attacked the activists. “This is a perverts’ parade,” an anti-gay protester named Irina, holding an icon of the Madonna, told the AP. “This is filth, which is forbidden by God. We have to cleanse the world of this filth.”
Irina is another example of that strong fiber which allows locals to get through Moscow winters on a bottle of vodka and a cabbage.
Riot police detained both gay activists and anti-gay protesters. Activists accused the police of allowing the mayhem to happen, a point on which Volker Beck would agree.
The openly gay Beck, a member of Germany’s parliament, was speaking to TV reporters when some 20 nationalist youths surrounded and beat him. Over 27 million Soviets died in the war against German fascism. Now in the next century, we see Russian fascists attacking a democratically elected German politician.
I don’t know whether to call this irony, progress, or just confusing.
Mayor Luzhkov is no mushy dumpling.
We may soon find out how far he’ll go to stop the perverts. Moscow Pride organizers are taking the city’s government to the European Court of Human Rights over the ban.
The Pride organizers have also announced that they’ve set May 27, again, as the date for their second shot at a parade, that being the 14th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Russia.
The activists are determined; Mayor Luzhkov is determined. Let’s hope that, come spring, this Cold War has thawed.
Leslie Robinson’s other columns are available online at www.GeneralGayety.com.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 9, 2007