A few months ago Tilda Swinton made a stand for gay rights in Russia by standing in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral holding a rainbow flag. Now she’s made another worthy gesture, donating $1,000 towards the funeral of prominent Russian gay rights activist Alexey Davydov.
Davydov died last week at the age of just 36 following a prolonged illness. An online campaign was launched shortly afterwards to find the money to pay for a funeral.
Swinton’s donation was revealed by fellow activist Nikolai Alekseyev (one of the organisers of Moscow Pride), who Tweeted, ‘BRAVO and HUGE THANKS to British actress Tilda Swinton for the donation to cover the funerals of our friend and activist Alexey Davydov.’
He added: “Thanks to all who took part in this generous civil act… Alexey was a hero and now he will have a fitting funeral. I am pleased we were able to help in our small way but all the credit belongs to the generous donors and Alexey’s brave activist friends.”