Twinned city status with Moscow

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-09-11
Session date: 
September 11, 2013
Reference: 
2013/3376
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you pledge to end the "twinned city" link between London and Moscow unless the Russian Government ends what many people consider discrimination and hostility against LGBT people?

Answer

Answer for Twinned city status with Moscow

Answer for Twinned city status with Moscow

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor I am proud that London is a fantastically diverse city, with all Londoners, regardless of their age, sexuality, religion, gender or race, able to benefit from the progress London has made over the past few years. We stage events to bring communities together, including Maslenitsa, as well as vibrant and visible Pride celebrations. I also supported the bid to stage the 2018 Gay Games in London.

I do share your deep concern about the abuse of LGBT people in Moscow and throughout Russia. However, I believe that we can better challenge prejudice through engagement. Isolation will not achieve change.