Sister Cities dropping St. Petersburg, RU over horrific anti-gay law. Will LA, Quebec, Paris join?

The Italian cities of Milan and Venice have suspended their “Sister City” status with St. Petersburg, Russia over that city’s recently-passed legislation that ties gays to pedophilia and pretty much bans even mentioning the word “gay” in public.  (Someone was arrested under the law for wearing rainbow suspenders.)

Russia is now considering passing the same law nationwide.

The question now is whether cities like Los Angeles and Quebec will continue to remain Sister Cities with St. Petersburg, in view of the brave position the Italians have taken.  Also a Sister City with St. Petersburg is the State of Maryland, which just legalized gay marriages.

Sister CitiesOther prominent cities that have Sister City status with St. Petersburg include Paris, StockholmRio, and Melbourne, Australia.  (You can find a longer list of St. Petersburg’s Sister Cities at the bottom of this story, and an even longer list here.)

Please look for your city in the list below, and contact your city council, mayor, and write to your local newspapers, urging your city or state to suspend its Sister City ties with St. Petersburg, Russia over that city’s new laws criminalizing even mentioning the word “gay” in public. I’ve bolded some of the more interesting cities:

Predrag Azdejkovic
Gay Lesbian Info Center – Belgrade – Serbia
Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:27:27 +0100
GayEcho Web Portal [email protected]

Dear friends,

The city councils of Milan and Venice are cancelling the sister city status with St. Petersburg in protest over the law on gay propaganda active in the city. This is a great reaction over this anti-gay trend in Russia. I have found the list of other sister cities with St. Petersburg. Maybe you could pressure your city councils to do the same?

Antwerp, Belgium
Aarhus, Denmark
Bangkok, Thailand
Barcelona, Spain
Bordeaux, France
Cape Town, South Africa
Daegu, South Korea
Dresden, Germany
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Gdansk, Poland
Graz, Austria
Göteborg, Sweden
Hamburg, Germany
Havana, Cuba
Helsinki, Finland
Kotka, Finland
Le Havre, France
Los Angeles, United States
Lyon, France
Manchester, United Kingdom
Melbourne, Australia
Mikkeli, Finland
Nice, France
Osaka, Japan
Paris, France
Prague, Czech Republic
Québec City, Canada
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rotterdam, Netherlands
State of Maryland, USA
Stockholm, Sweden
Tampere, Finland
Turku, Finland
Warsaw, Poland
Zagreb, Croatia
Saint Petersburg, United States (Florida)
Sofia, Bulgaria

Predrag Azdejkovic
Gay Lesbian Info Center – Belgrade – Serbia

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