The Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality, a Russian social movement founded in 2012, posted on its Facebook page in support of the parade.
Over the last several years Russia has become an increasingly hostile environment for LGBT individuals.
One of the men asked why (pointing at George) he had no shirt on.
‘George was shirtless after the act,’ Patrick added.
Many Russian New Yorkers expressed support for the parade, hoping it would help change attitudes within the community.
“I support this idea as I believe that majority of the Russian community is homophobic and not open-minded,” wrote one fan, adding she hoped “this march will be the first milestone to make a change.” Another supporter, an LGBT Russian-American, wrote they themselves had experienced troubles “as a result of the homophobic and transphobic culture,” and was ready to join the parade “as a transgender individual and as a supporter of the LGBT Russian-speaking community.” Word of the parade even reached the beleaguered LGBT community inside Russia.
They told him to dress and forced him out of the house and threatened to send the photos to the contacts on his phone if he did not part with KShs 100,000.
The neighborhood, famous for its Russian speakers, is conservative and voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election.
According to RUSA, the neighborhood isn’t especially friendly for LGBTs, claiming many of their members encounter “discrimination in their homes, workplaces, and medical facilities,” and even “phys In order to combat anti-LGBT feelings within the neighborhood and as well as the wider Russian-speaking community in New York, RUSA will host its own parade separate from the annual New York Pride Parade.
The men forced Patrick to undress and one of them took a condom and placed it on Patrick’s penis and told his colleague to take photos.
Patrick by now was naked and shivering as the men took turns photographing his genitals, face and behind.