By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com May 18 2012 10:57 AM ET
After an IDAHO protest rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, activists were escorted back to their buses by police. But they drove only a few blocks before being stopped by groups of young men dressed in neo-Nazi insignia, some with face masks and many with shaved skin-head hairstyles. They attacked the buses, broke through the windows and assaulted the activists inside.
Neo-Nazis in St. Petersburg, Russia attacked a bus that they believed was full of gay activists.
A St. Petersburg gay rights activist is tended to after the attack.
Contrasting sharply with the St. Petersburg violence, IDAHO activists release balloons in a park in central Moscow.
Tensions mount as Christian activists led by Orthodox priests halted a rare attempt to stage a small pride march in ex-Soviet Georgia, attacking participants and smashing their placards.
Protest art is displayed at the rally in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Orthodox priests argue with activists during a rally in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The poster reads: "My body belongs just to me."
At the rally in Tbilisi, violence errupts as police officers detain one of the LGBT rights activists.
Cubans members of the LGBT community take part in a march during the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Cienfuegos.
Taking a stand in Cienfuegos, Cuba on the International Day Against Homophobia.
A couple kisses during a demonstration held at Plaza de Armas square in Asuncion, Paraguay, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Multiple couples kissed during the demonstration in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Transgender women kiss a doll representing Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in front of Planalto Palace during a demonstration that was part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Brasilia, Brazil.