Gay Star News reports:
Thousands have turned out to party at Manchester Pride in north-west England, but the revelers’ thoughts are with LGBT people in their twin city, St Petersburg, Russia. Community groups taking part in the pride march through the city center include the Albert Kennedy Trust which helps homeless LGBT kids and the local Lesbian and Gay Foundation which works closely with Coming Out in St Petersburg. They reflected what GSN has been told by many Russian campaigners – that the best approach is to maintain ties with the country and use the opportunity that brings to push for LGBT rights. Stonewall, Britain’s leading gay and lesbian campaign organization is here in force and its new spokesman, Richard Lane, also said it was ‘important to keep links’ with Russia. He said: ‘Events like this are an incredible opportunity to show solidarity with people around the world who don’t have the rights we have.