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Love Russia, Hate Homophobia - A Day of Action

For Russia, with love!

Taking action now is the only way towards change and a better tomorrow! In light of the Russian legislation passed in June, effectively banning any positive discussion, debate or portrayal of LGBT people and relationships, A Day of Action - “Love Russia, Hate Homophobia” will be held in London on Tuesday 3 September 2013, two days before the G20 summit opens in St Petersburg, which is hosted by President Putin.

The protest will occur outside the Prime Minister’s residence on Downing Street, London, and is endorsed by a number of UK-based LGBT publications including Gay Times. The main objective of the protest is to encourage the Prime Minister to raise the issue of anti-gay repression in Russia, as well as LGBT rights worldwide, and enforce a direct appeal to President Putin to repeal the anti-gay law and implement prosecution of violent homophobia. The protest also aims to pressure the International Olympic Committee to insist Putin does not allow victimisation of supporter's LGBT rights during the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014.

Same-day protests are being held in cities around the world as part of a Global Speak Out on Russia, coordinated by the international online activist group All Out adopting the hashtag: #Russia4Love

As well as the protest itself, Cold War-The Peter Tatchell Benefit Party, will be taking place for the Peter Tatchell Foundation on Sunday 1 September from 2pm at The Pit, in London Fields. The pop-up festival offers the chance to directly raise money for the cause as well as enjoy a coming together of house/garage/disco/hip hop/R&B in both the indoor and outdoor spaces.

For more information on how you can join in on the action and support the cause, visit the Facebook event pages below.

Love Russia, Hate Homophobia - Day of Action

Cold War - Peter Tatchell Benefit Party

Words: Callum Walker

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