Political leaders in St. Petersburg are about to vote on law that will make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian or transgender, and eliminate their right to peaceably assemble. The ruling party led by President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin could make millions of people invisible with the stroke of a pen. As of November 23 After a major protest in front of the St. Petersburg City Council – which was dispersed by police – and our international pressure, Russia has taken notice: a vote on the law has been postponed until November 30th. The fight is far from over and there are only a few days left to speak up.
Right now, the world needs to speak up and tell Russian authorities to drop the bill. Join this call to leaders around the world to reach out to their counterparts in the Russian government – and ask them to reject this discriminatory and anti-democratic law.
Human rights defenders around the country are doing everything they can to stop it. They are risking their freedom to organize flash-mobs and protests, but they are afraid that it won’t be enough.
I strongly believe that we stand together at the Russian consulate on Wednesday November 30th @ 4pm in solidarity with the LGBT community because nobody’s right should be taken away from them.