Equality California is taking action against the appalling anti LGBT situation in Russia.
EQCA has sponsored Senate Resolution 18 authored by Senator Mark Leno urging CalPERS & CalSTRS against making direct investments in Russia. There are billions of investment dollars at stake & they don't want any of it going to Russia while this law is in effect. The recent anti LGBT law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens arrest, detainment & imprisonment for people publicly supportive of LGBT equality. The law has resulted in a dramatic increase in hate crimes & public persecution of our LGBT community simply for expressing who they are or who they love. John O'Connor Equality California Executive Director stated, “By urging the state's two largest pension plans to cease Russian investments, we are making a bold gesture against hateful policies & a firm stance in defense of equality. Our investments should align with our values & never reward discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity”. This is a great action & hopefully other states will join this effort as well. Last week President Obama spoke out about Russia’s anti gay laws stating, “I’ve been very clear that when you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country & I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
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