Gay Rights

G20 Day of Action against Putin’s homophobic law

This is a Press Release from Peter Tatchell

Join us Tuesday 3 September, two days before the G20 summit

5-8pm, Downing Street, London SW1

London protest is part of Global Speak Out on Russia, with 19 cities

A Day of Action – Love Russia, Hate Homophobia – will be held in London on Tuesday 3 September, just two days before the G20 summit opens in Russia.

The London protest against Russia’s anti-gay law will take place outside the UK Prime Minister’s residence, Downing Street, London SW1, from 5-8pm.

Join us and help us speak out for LGBT Russians.

We are asking David Cameron: “What are you doing about the anti-gay law in Russia? We want answers. Tell Putin to drop the law.”

We want him to raise Russia’s anti-gay repression at the G20 summit and to publicly urge President Putin to repeal the anti-gay law.

The London protest is part of a Global Speak Out on Russia on 3 September, coordinated by the international online activist group All Out. It involves same-day protests in 19 cities around world. See details here.

The rising level of homophobic repression in Russia is one aspect of a wider attack on all civil and human rights by President Putin’s regime, including the victimisation of journalists and lawyers, state control of the media, suppression of peaceful protests, denial of workers’ rights and the arrest of opposition activists.

The Day of Action protests will ramp up pressure on the International Olympic Committee to insist that Russia gives cast-iron assurances that LGBT competitors, spectators and members of the Russian public – and their straight allies – will not be victimised for supporting LGBT equality during Sochi 2014.

TAKE ACTION

Can’t make it on Tuesday? We still need your help. Get involved and show solidarity with LGBT Russians.

Join and share our Facebook page.

Lobby your MP via LobbyForRussia.

Sign the All Out petition.

Tweet David Cameron and ask him to put LGBT rights on the G20 agenda: @David_Cameron and @Number10gov and use the hashtag #Russia4Love

The protest is endorsed by London-based LGBT media: Attitude, Beige, Diva, G3, Gay Star News, GT (Gay Times), Out in the City, Pink News and QX magazine – plus the Peter Tatchell Foundation and London’s leading weekly city guide magazine, Time Out.

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