A gay, Russian human rights activist currently seeking political asylum in the U.S. says he will continue protesting outside the White House.
Last year, when anti-LGBT violence broke out in Charlotte’s Russian sister city of Voronezh, local LGBT activists in the Queen City stepped up and asked Charlotte City Council to sever its ties with the city. Now, one young gay man from Voronezh is living in Washington, D.C., with his fiancé and speaking out about his experiences.
Mayor Patsy Kinsey is expected to discuss the anti-LGBT situation in Russia and Charlotte’s Russian sister city, Voronezh today.
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and Town Councilmember Lee Storrow, both of whom are openly gay, announced today that they would seek to drop their town’s sister-city relationship with Saratov, Russia.
In a statement released to media today, Mayor Patsy Kinsey said the city would not be severing its ties with their sister city, Voronezh, Russia. LGBT activists in Charlotte had been asking Kinsey and City Council to cut ties with the city, following harsh new anti-LGBT legislation in that nation and anti-LGBT violence in Voronezh, though activists softened their stance today.
Members of City Council are in disagreement over their sister-city relationship with Voronezh, Russia, as the global debate over that nation’s harsh new anti-gay laws and violence directed toward LGBT people continues to make news. Local LGBT advocates say the city must take action on global human rights abuses.
The Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee is asking Mayor Patsy Kinsey and City Council to severe the city’s sister-city relationship with Voronezh, Russia. The advocates say the nation’s so-called gay propaganda legislation has put LGBT there in danger. They also cite recent attacks on LGBT people, including a January attack on 14 activists in Charlotte’s sister city.