In recent years Russia has become a more and more hostile place for lesbian, gay, and transgendered people. Recently a law was enacted nationwide that criminalises the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to minors — a law so broad that it effectively prohibits any promotion of LGBT equality in public.
At the same time, brazen violent attacks on LGBT people by extremists have increased.
On September 5 the leaders of the G20 group of nations will meet for a summit in St. Petersburg. You can use this web site to tell each of the G20 leaders that you want them to pressure the Russian leadership to respect the human rights of LGBT people.
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Dear Lord Random of Somewhereville,
I oppose homophobia in Russia
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Out4Russia is the campaign calling for the protection of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans people living in Russia following the rise of homophobic and transphobic attacks by both individuals and the state.
Out4Russia is the sister campaign to the highly influential and successful Out4Marriage & LobbyALord campaign that delivered equal marriage rights in England & Wales and continues to fight for these rights globally.
James-J Walsh is Director of Campaigns for Out4Russia and a founding member of the movement. Having previously worked on the Out4Marriage/LobbyALord campaigns he's now supporting the work of Out4Russia in delivering fundamental human rights to Russias LGBT Community.
Follow James-J on Twitter: @JamesJWalsh
More info about James-J can be found here: uk.linkedin.com/in/jamesjwalshuk
Benjamin Cohen founded the Out4Marriage campaign for marriage equality in the United Kingdom which features politicians, religious leaders and celebrities explaining on YouTube videos why they support changing the law to allow LGBT couples to marry. He remains an integral part of the Out4Russia movement. Alongside this Benjamin is the owner of PinkNews.co.uk, a dot.com entrepreneur, and a broadcast journalist in his own right.
Follow Benjamin on Twitter: @benjamincohen
More info about Benjamin can be found here: uk.linkedin.com/in/benjamincohenuk