‘Gay is Normal’ Sign-Holding Protestors Arrested in St. Petersburg
Two demonstrators holding signs that said “Gay is Normal” were recently arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia. They were the first to be arrested under St. Petersburg’s new anti-gay propaganda law. According to The St. Petersburg Times:
Alexei Kiselyov and Kirill Nepomnyashy were arrested outside the Palace of Youth Creativity holding signs bearing the words, “Gay is normal,” police told Interfax. Police said the pair was conducting so-called one-man pickets (which do not require City Hall approval) meaning that they were not standing together or yelling slogans.
Under a St. Petersburg law that took effect last month, anyone found guilty of promoting homosexuality among minors is to be fined from 5,000 to 500,000 rubles. The law has been condemned by domestic and international human rights advocates and gay activists, and by Western governments.