Homosexuality is technically decriminalized in Russia, but never the less, people in “non-traditional” relationships have a pretty tough time there. Spreading “gay propaganda” among minors has been banned by law, although the European Court of Human Rights ruled it as discriminatory and homophobia encouraging. However, a group of LGBT activists managed to undermine the law in a particularly genius way during the 2018 FIFA World Cup that is underway.
They managed to smuggle in a Pride flag as a part of the project called #HiddenFlag, and they paraded it in the center of Moscow! They wrote:
“We have taken advantage of the fact the country is hosting the World Cup at the same time as Pride Month, to denounce their behavior and take the rainbow flag to the streets of Russia. Yes, in the plain light of day, in front of the Russian authorities, Russian society and the whole world, we wave the flag with pride.”
The iconic flag was formed by six people from six countries: Spain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Colombia, and they were all dressed in jerseys. The photos went instantly viral, and you can check them out by scrolling down!
LOLA MullenLove is an ad agency from Spain that recently joined forces with the country’s federation for LGBT rights to take the Pride month to Russia secretly. The Hidden flag instantly went viral!
People on the internet absolutely loved the creativity of the idea: