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Gay picket at Castro pro-Putin Russian Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/08/19/18741810.php Gay picket at Castro pro-Putin Russian Church START DATE: Sunday August 25 TIME: 11:00 AM -
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      Gay picket at Castro pro-Putin Russian Church
      START DATE: Sunday August 25
      TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      Location Details:
      St Nicholas Church
      2005 - 15th Street, between Market and Church

      Who: BoycottRussianVodka.com and Gays Without Borders
      What: Picket line and speak out
      Where: St Nicholas Cathedral (pictured)
      Location: 2005 - 15th Street, between Church and Market Streets
      Date: Sunday, August 25, 2013
      When: 11:00 AM

      Protesters will peaceably challenge the Russian Orthodox Church in San
      Francisco over its support for Russia's anti-homosexual propaganda law
      that has led to rising violence and anti-LGBT bigotry in that country.

      Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I, who lives in Moscow, is a leading
      proponent of the law. Patriarch Kirill is a longtime supporter of
      Russian President Vladimir Putin and the two leaders both strongly back
      the recently enacted anti-gay propaganda law that bans any pro-gay
      statement or demonstrations in public or private and on the Internet.
      The law, which was enacted in June, has drawn international condemnation.

      Speaking in the English-language Moscow Times on July 21, Patriarch
      Kirill said of same-sex marriage, "Those who are true to their
      conscience in fighting these minority-imposed laws are subject to
      repression. It's a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse."

      This action is designed to show the love and beauty of LGBT people
      through the display of the rainbow flag, our international symbol of
      acceptance and respect for our community.

      The St. Nicholas Cathedral in the gay Castro district is under the
      control and direction of Patriarch Kirill, who in December 2010
      appointed Father Leonid Kazakov of the St. Petersburg diocese to lead
      the San Francisco church. Emails and voice mails to the church have not
      been returned.

      On Sunday, August 25, starting at 11:00 am, which is after the worship
      service at St. Nicholas' church, members of the LGBT community will
      speak outside the church on the public sidewalk for acceptance and
      respect for the Russian LGBT community and call for the repeal of the
      anti-gay law. Rainbow flags will be displayed on the sidewalk.

      Community organizers Robbie Sweeny of BoycottRussianVodka.com and
      Michael Petrelis of Gays Without Borders are coordinating the picket
      line and speak out.



      http://mpetrelis.blogspot.com/2013/08/gays...
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