Will Los Angeles Sever ‘Sister City’ Ties With Anti-Gay St. Petersburg, Russia?

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July 31, 2013

One of the questions newly sworn-in gay Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell got at a meet-and-greet at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center last Tuesday, July 23, was from the Center’s Chief Public Affairs Officer, Jim Key. 

“You've probably heard about the horrible anti-gay crackdown in Russia, and know that St. Petersburg—which passed the ‘anti-gay propaganda law’—is a ‘sister city’ to Los Angeles. We don't think L.A. should be affiliated with such a city,” Key said. “We worked with Councilmember Rosendahl on a resolution to sever that relationship, but it hasn't gone anywhere. Will you work with us on this?" 

O’Farrell said that he and Mike Bonin, the other newly sworn-in gay city councilmember, have discussed it and are looking forward to getting a briefing from the Center and the ACLU/SoCal, the two organizations that sponsored the original resolution with Rosendahl last February.