LGBTQ activists in Vancouver are organizing an international Gay Kiss-In Protest movement, which will begin with a local kiss-in event at the Russian Consulate on Friday, August 2 between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This protest is a “kick-off” to the main global kiss-in protest scheduled for October 11, which coincides with National Coming Out Day. It’s all 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.
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Global Gay Kiss-In Protest Kick Off at Vancouver
Date: Friday, August 2
Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Russian Consulate of Vancouver (475 Howe Street)
Facebook Group: “Let’s meet in front of the Russian Consulate (475 Howe St) on Friday August 2nd, from 4-5pm, kiss someone of a same sex, on the cheek or mouth, doesn’t matter. Bring rainbows/Russian flags, stickers, etc. Take a selfie of you two kissing, post it on social media with #GlobalKissInProtest and build the momentum for the big event in October 11.”
Global Gay Kiss-In to protest Sochi 2014
Date: Friday, October 11
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Russian Consulate of Vancouver (475 Howe Street) and across other global cities
Facebook Group: “Event website coming soon…”
Featured image: William Hamon