Councilman Pushes for End to Philly's Relationship With Anti-LGBT Russian City

By Tom MacDonald | NewsWorks.org
|  Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013  |  Updated 10:20 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Mayor Nutter Urged to Cut Ties With Russian Sister-City

Associated Press/Dmitry Lovetsky

Gay rights activist Natalia Tsybalova, holds a rainbow flag during a picket in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

advertisement

A Philadelphia councilman wants to sever ties with the Russian city that introduced a ban on "homosexual propaganda."

Nizhny Novgorod, the fifth-largest city in Russia, is one of Philadelphia's seven sister cities and three partnership cities throughout the world.

But Councilman Jim Kenney says he wants the relationship terminated because of the Russian city's treatment of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community.

"It was one of the first cities to adopt these restrictive and repressive rules against LGBT citizens," Kenney said. "I don't think the city of Philadelphia, the cradle of democracy and one of the major cities for the initiation of the LGBT rights movement, should be associated in any way with a city that is diametrically oppressed to that view."

Related Stories

The Nutter administration has another view, according to Mayor Michael Nutter's spokesman Mark McDonald.

"Severing the tie lets them off the hook," McDonald said Tuesday. "In no way is the Nutter administration remaining silent. "We are squarely saying what they have done there is wrong and, as a sister city, you should listen to us and change your ways."

If the mayor doesn't end the ceremonial and cultural relationship, Kenney said he plans to introduce a resolution in council to do so.


This story was reported through a news coverage partnership between NBC10.com and NewsWorks.org.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
FlyeredUp: Win 2 Tickets to Flyers Playoff Game
Win two tickets to the first 2014... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out