Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr wants to formally revise or break off the capital’s political and cultural relations with Moscow over the Russian capital’s stance on gay rights, visir.is reports.
Gay Pride Reykjavík. Photo: Candy Caldwell/Iceland Review.
Moscow and Reykjavík were made sister cities in 2007. A statement from the city council reads:
“In light of the developments concerning the affairs of gay, bisexual and transsexual people that have taken place in Russia over the last few months, the district attorney, Human Rights Office, Office of the Mayor of Reykjavík, and City of Reykjavík chief administrative officer propose amendments or the termination of the collaboration agreement between Reykjavík and Moscow, in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.”
Last month, the National Queer Organization (Samtökin ’78) protested a new law in Russia, banning propaganda for homosexuality. The organization protested in front of the Russian Embassy in Reykjavík.