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Russian Gay Rights Activists Visit Maine
11/01/2013 03:05 PM ET  

Two members of Portland sister city's most prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender - or LGBT - organization are visiting the U.S., stopping first in Portland.

It's been almost 25 years since Portland, Maine set up a sister-city relationship with the Russian city of Archangel.

In the wake of Russia's passage of anti-gay laws, two members of Archangel's most prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender - or LGBT - organization are visiting the U.S., stopping first in Portland.

The two plan to meet with other LGBT organizations, city officials and the public.

Robert Lieber is acting as liason for the trip. He says there's a growing trend in the U.S. and Europe to end sister-city relationships with Russian communities, in an effort to protest the anti-LGBT laws.

Lieber says the Russian visitors told him that they prefer dialogue, "and to have some type of bridge relationship."

Among the activities the visitors will take part in is a community event Tuesday evening at SPACE Gallery in Portland.

This story was reported and written by Ed Morin.


 

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