According to the website GayRussia.ru, organizers of Minsk Pride 2013 are collecting signatures on a petition supporting their efforts to hold a Pride event this year in Belarus.
Organizers are confident that they will be able to hold their event this year, despite earlier bans by authorities in Minsk on all public demonstrations of gay pride.
GayRusia.ru reports that:
The organizing committee of the Minsk Gay Pride 2013 , issued a statement calling on all concerned people all over the world to sign the online petition in support of the ninth annual Belarusian human rights forum and public action in support of tolerance for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in Belarus “Minsk gay Pride 2013.
The exact date of the next Minsk Gay Pride is not yet known, but organizers promise that the event still will be held this year, despite increased persecution of LGBT activists in Belarus.
A statement released by the organizers said: ” We are launching an e-petition to send it later to the chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee and the city authorities to show that we are not alone, to show solidarity and the fact that many people care about the injustice faced every day by homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people in Belarus.”
Since 1999, no public gay pride event has been sanctioned by the authorities of the Belarusian capital. In the last six years, the Minsk City Executive Committee has banned all peaceful rallies in support of tolerance for the LGBT community. Nevertheless, in 2011 Minsk authorities allowed a protest against homophobia that was attended by 15 people.