On Sunday, May 17 2009 LGBT activists in 40 cities all over Russia staged a so-called “Rainbow Flashmob” dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
At 2pm local time everyone was encouraged to take some multi-colored baloons and let them fly in the sky, and then share their photos and stories on the Web. The most crowded flashmob happened today in St. Petersburg. About 250 people participated in it. The march started at Ligovsky prospect, then participants wearing special t-shirts dedicated to the flashmob went down the central street of the city, Nevsky prospect. They handed out leaflets to people in the street along the way. The final stop was the Strelka (the eastern tip of Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg) - one of the most beautiful places of the city. There activists let their numerous multicolored baloons fly in the sky. Shortly after the flashmob started, it was followed by the police patrol. But policemen couldn’t find any legitimate reason for detention, and the march went on. “Rainbow Flashmob” in St. Petersburg was staged by the Russian LGBT Network and local organizations “Vykhod” (Coming out) and “LesbiPARTYya”. The motto of the flashmob was “We are not anymore acting like we don’t exist”.