In 48 hours, Russia's capital city could outlaw homosexuality -- banning gay groups, parades, even kissing in public. Already, international outcry caused St. Petersburg to delay the vote until Wednesday. Now we have just 48 hours to stop this bill for good. Click below to call on world leaders to end Russia's gay hate law:
Sign the petition! http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_gay_hate_law/?cl=1420613506&v=11305
In 48 hours, Russia's capital city could outlaw homosexuality -- banning gay groups, parades, even kissing in public. Just in time, an international movement to end the hate is growing and we can supercharge its fight for tolerance and human rights.
Russia's local politicians are peddling hate -- attacking gays to win a few votes with extremists, votes they need to maintain their political majority. Already, international outcry caused St. Petersburg to delay the vote until Wednesday -- now we have just 48 hours to stop this bill for good.
Let's stand up for tolerance -- sign the urgent petition to world leaders demanding they speak up for human rights in Russia before Wednesday's vote:
The gay hate laws started in Ryazan, then moved to St. Petersburg, the capital of Russia. Now Moscow, where a mayor who has called gay citizens "faggots" and "satanic" is about to approve his own version of the bill. All of these laws make gay "propaganda" illegal, and have been used to shut down all gay rights organizations and levy fines against people who are open about their homosexuality.
Russia has supported many famous gay artists, scholars and organizers including national celebrity Yury Bogatyrev and world renowned pianist Sviatoslav Richter. But these municipal politicians are playing on the hatred of a small minority to gain the votes they need to win local elections -- peddling hate to secure control over Russia's capital city.
International outcry has already worked -- delaying the vote and winning us an extra 48 hours to stop the law for good. Join in the call for tolerance and human rights and forward this email to your friends and family:
Just months ago we built a million strong petition to oppose the gay death penalty in Uganda -- and the bill was shelved! Now we can come together again to protect human tights in Russia, proving that our ten million strong community can overpower any pocket of hate and intolerance on the planet.
Emma, Mia, Ricken, Giulia, Pascal and the whole Avaaz team
Russian's protest: detained by police
Tolerance, not gay bans (Moscow News)
Russia’s gays under attack as MPs back fines for ‘gay promotion’ (RIA) en.ria.ru/analysis/20111118/168818571.html
Supporters Of St. Petersburg’s Anti-Gay Law Argue That Rainbow Flags Will Lead To National Extinction (ThinkProgress) http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2011/11/28/376720/supporters-of-st-petersburgs-anti-gay-law-argue-that-rainbow-flags-will-lead-to-national-extinction/
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