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Russian LGBT Activists March In "Rainbow May Day"

LGBT rights activists marched in St. Petersburg today despite an anti-LGBT politician's attempts to disrupt their protest.

Posted on May 1, 2015, at 4:25 p.m. ET

LGBT rights activists in St. Petersburg marched in the city's May Day parade today. May 1 is a public holiday in Russia and is traditionally marked by mass state-sanctioned demonstrations.

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St. Petersburg city councilman Vitaly Milonov, a driving force behind Russia's "gay propaganda" ban, showed up too.

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He shouted anti-LGBT insults and waved the flag of Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. Police barred him from approaching the marchers.

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Activists handed out lollipops of Milonov's face, with a speech bubble reading "Don't suck in St. Petersburg!" — a knock at the councilman's campaign to legislate sexual morality.

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This pink tank made an appearance.

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So did the flags of the European Union and Ukraine.

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"Our orientation — freedom!" marchers chanted.

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The mood was buoyant.

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"Wonderful morning. Wonderful people. Wonderful rainbow May Day."

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"Rainbow community, you are beautiful and you are not alone. Believe, love and never give up!"

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"And this granny was with us."

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