LGBTQ activists in Vancouver are organizing an international Gay Kiss-In Protest at the Russian Consulate on Friday, October 11 between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This protest coincides with tomorrow’s National Coming Out Day and is in an effort to create awareness of Russia’s recently passed anti-gay laws which permits police to fine and jail those who express their homosexuality publicly and in the media.
The law has also been associated with a surge in harassment and violent gay beatings by police, bystanders and the general Russian public. There are also concerns with how LGBTQ athletes and visitors will be treated by their Russian hosts at next February’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. LGBTQ individuals are simply not safe in the Russian state.
HOW CAN YOU HELP:
Show up at the Kiss-In Protest. Create an event page for your city and invite your friends. Spread the words. Continue the discussion about the topic.
WHAT TIME AND WHERE:
Friday, October 11, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Russian Consulate in downtown Vancouver. Address: 212-475 Howe Street, Vancouver.
In June 2013, Russia passed a law banning gay ‘propaganda’,making it illegal to equate straight and gay relationships, as well as the distribution of material on gay rights. It introduces fines for individuals and media groups found guilty of breaking the law, as well as special fines for foreigners. Russia is set to host Winter Olympics in February 2014 and how could such an international event is to be held in a country that oppressed the existence of LGBT individuals? We need to stand up and fight for our Human Rights!
Together, WE have the power to change the world and make it right. Educate yourself with what’s going on in Russia and other places in the world regarding LGBT Rights. Do what you can in your power to stand up to bullies like Russia.
“No law is gonna change us, we have to change us” – Macklemore’s “Same Love.”
Featured image: William Hamon