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For Russia With Love LGBT Event

By Charlotte Robinson, February 11, 2014

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away & in London they’re celebrating with a fabulous event. On Friday they’re having a For Russia With Love - LGBTQ Carnival February 14th at the Russian Embassy. The event is for equality, love & human rights. There will be a Samba band, Putin masks for you, comedians, drag artists & a giant Putin-Medvedev Valentine’s card: “It was love at first sight - Homophobes united.” So if you’re in London join the carnival outside the Russian Embassy to show your opposition to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by the Russian regime, including the new anti gay law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors”, which has coincided with an upsurge in anti LGBT violence in the country. The event is jointly sponsored by Lush, All Out, London Roller Girls & the Peter Tatchell Foundation. Co-organizer Juliet Chard of Lush stated, “As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we demand that the international community stands in solidarity with everyone suffering discrimination & intimidation because of their sexuality or gender identity.” Co-organizer Peter Tatchell concluded, “The Sochi Olympics are in full swing. This carnival is our fun way to keep up the pressure on the Russian government & show our support for LGBT Russians & all Russian victims of human rights abuses. Don’t let Putin think that now the Olympics have started the protests are over. Let’s keep highlighting the terrible things happening in Russia & support the many heroic Russian activists - LGBT & straight - who are defending human rights. Freedom of expression for all.” The LGBTQ Carnival is happening February 14th at the Russian Embassy from 12 noon to 2P. People are gathering at corner Bayswater Road & Ossington Street, London & the closest tube station: Notting Hill Gate.
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