LGBT activists in Saint Petersburg have IDAHO 2013 celebration amid anti-gay opposition


LGBT activists from Saint Petersburg had a successful IDAHO celebration in the Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole) today, May 17th.
Despite strong opposition from anti-gay groups and representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, the IDAHO demonstration and Rainbow Flashmob have passed without any serious incidents and violence.
The event was supposed to start at 2:00pm, but representatives of anti-LGBT organizations were in the venue long before the LGBT activists arrived, holding homophobic and transphobic posters. Around 100 policemen were patrolling the park where the IDAHO event was to happen.
The police blocked the anti-gay protesters’ attempts use tear-gas and hurl stones on the participants of the IDAHO event.
At the closing of the event, hundreds of rainbow-colored balloons flew into air, including black balloons commemorating the young gay activists who was murdered in Volgograd on May 9th.
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