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Get angry - Protest for LGBT rights in Russia - 10 August, 1-4pm, Richmond Terrace, London

posted 6 Aug 2013, 06:24 by Charlie Parker   [ updated 6 Aug 2013, 06:29 ]
This Saturday 10 August, Kingston LGBT Forum will be joining a protest in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in Russia. This protest has come about following in the introduction of new laws in Russia which are damaging to the rights of LGB&T people. These laws have been accompanied by a wave of violent persecution and intimidation of LGBT people in Russia.

Meeting times and locations:
You can join Kingston LGBT Forum at three locations on the day of the protest - Saturday 10 August, 2013:
  • 12:00 - 12:16 pm at Surbiton Station (we're catching the 12:16 train)
  • 12:36 pm at London Waterloo Station (under the clock)
  • 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Richmond Terrace, Westminster, SW1A 2JL

Our message:
  • LGBT people in Russia should be free from persecution and free to love without fear
  • The Prime Minister (David Cameron) and Parliament and the G20 should urge the Russian government to repeal these laws and provide the same level of human rights protections to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • We support people in Russia who are working towards a better future for all LGB&T people

Key Facts:
  • In June this year laws have been passed in Russia which:
    • ban the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to minors, imposing heavy fines for using the media or internet to promote "non-traditional relations"
    • make it illegal for the adoption of Russian children by gay couples or any single person who comes from a country that recognises marriage equality
    • give authorities the rights to arrest foreign nationals whom they suspect being LGBT or pro-gay and detain them for up to 14 days
  • The Russian government has banned all LGBT pride events for the next 100 years
  • Images of the violent abuse of LGB&T people in Russia are being shared across social media platform
  • The Olympic Winter Games will be held in the Russian city of Sochi in 2014
  • Some people are boycotting Solichnaya vodka to protest about the new anti-gay Russian laws

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