Stockholm Pride Invites Russians to Celebrate in Sweden
While several places around the world, including Fort Lauderdale, will be celebrating gay pride this summer, LGBT members in Russia have been banned from doing so for the next 100 years.
To try to alleviate their neighbors’ freedom of expression suppression, Swedish Pride organizers are mounting a Twitter campaign to invite Russians to celebrate gay pride with them.
Stockholm Pride has launched #GoWest, a new social media campaign. On the #GoWest website people can send out a tweet that will automatically be translated into Russian, inviting people to attend the celebrations.
“To celebrate that love, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and gender identity is a democratic right, we have taken this opportunity to, with humor and love, direct a special invitation to all of Russia to celebrate Pride with us,” said Stockholm Pride organizers.
Unlike Russia, Sweden has been at the forefront in the battle for gay and trans rights recognition. The country legalized gay marriage in 2009 and has introduced the gender-neutral term “hen” to define people (and in some cases objects) who do not wish to be identified as male or female.