The mayor of a Russian town housing 15,000 people has declared it a “gay free zone”. drawing ridicule from the public.
Sergey Davydov, the mayor of Svetogorsk, bordering Finland, has bragged about how there are no gays in his town, which borders Finland.
Critics have branded the former military commissioner a ‘clown’ and an ‘idiot’ for the outlandish claims, but despite the backlash, he remained resolute .
Davydov was apparently outraged by the sale of penis-shaped lollipops in his local bakery.
He said “there are and will be no gays” in his town, adding that “they won’t get here, even from the West”.
Shortly after he made his comments, two LGBT activists were detained when trying to enter the town from St Petersburg.
The two activists were “expelled” from the town.
Svetogorsk needs special permits to enter, as it borders the European Union.
The mayors decision has received plenty of support from colleagues who approve of the ban. The head of Vyborg district, Gennady Orlov said:
‘I support Davydov. ‘There cannot be gay people in Vyborg District – and there must not be any. ‘All those who want to be gay should go to Europe.’ Konstantin Platonov, head Ivangorod, also backed the ban saying: ‘I don’t know any gay people ‘ ‘I did not meet them in our town. ‘And I hope I never meet them here.’
Regional MP Vladimir Petrov, who represents Slantsy district, said:
‘I understand Svetogorsk town is free from gays, because this is what the mayor, a colonel of the Russian army, has said. ‘And who can we trust more in this country if not an officer? ‘I can say, too, that the whole of Slantsy district is free from gays.’ It remains unclear if the mayor checked all the 15,000 inhabitants of his town before declaring it a gay-free zone.
But many took to social media to criticise the claims, some asking how the mayor “checked” all 15,000 people in his town for homosexuality.