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Russia: Stop the crackdown on love

To Russian President Vladmir Putin:

As concerned world citizens, we call on you to end your support of discriminatory legislation against lesbian, bi, gay and trans people that eliminates their freedom to speak publicly and assemble. Russia is a signatory to numerous international human rights treaties - including the European Convention on Human Rights which forbids measures such as St. Petersburg’s gay hate law. We call on you to reverse course, respect Russia’s treaty obligations, and urge St. Petersburg authorities to drop all charges against peaceful demonstrators.

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In five days, two men in Russia will face criminal prosecution for holding a simple sign that read, "Being gay is normal" -- the first victims of St. Petersburg's new gay hate law.

The Russian city recently passed legislation banning any public display of homosexuality. Gay groups, parades, expressing tolerance on the Internet and even the rainbow flag are illegal! And these two men are the test case. Similar laws are being considered across Russia so everyone is closely watching to see what happens. Let’s stop the discrimination in its tracks and launch a massive outcry to repeal this odious legislation.

Our call now will put Russia's march towards hate in the global spotlight, embolden our allies and shame the hate-mongers. When we get to 500,000 signatures, our call will be delivered to the city government in St. Petersburg. Sign now and send to everyone you know.

Posted: 11 April  2012

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