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Flash Mobs At Russian Embassies To Protest Anti-LGBT Law In St. Petersburg

Well it’s a step up from glitter-bombing: The LGBT-rights group AllOut.org is scheduling a series of flash mobs tomorrow outside Russian embassies worldwide, in protest of an upcoming bill in the historic city of St. Petersburg that would make “promotion of homosexuality” a crime.

The “gay propaganda” statute, which has passed two readings but must be voted on by the St. Petersburg City Council on Wednesday and then signed by the governor, would impose fines of up to $16,700 for “reading, writing, speaking or reporting on anything related to gay, lesbian bi or trans people,” reads a statement from AllOut. “Pride parades, literature, theater, or NGOs that openly serve LGBT people will be criminalized, or pushed underground.”

At Tuesday’s events, demonstrators will be wearing gags to represent how the law would muzzle free speech. Their hope is to both draw international attention to the situation and discourage tourists from visiting the city. (A giant postcard bearing the slogan “Saint Petersburg: Don’t Go There” will be delivered to each embassy.)

“This bill, which would violate Russia’s own constitution as well as any number of international treaties, is an outrageous attack on the freedom of expression for all Russians, straight and gay,” says AllOut.org’s executive director, Andre Banks. “It must not be allowed to stand.”
The New York City flash mob will take place 12:30pm–1:30pm outside the Russian Mission to the United Nations, 136 East 67th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. Others are scheduled for Berlin, Buenos Aires, Milan and Paris.
Photo via AllOut.org
By:           Dan Avery
On:           Feb 27, 2012
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  • 6 Comments
    • Hephaestion
      Hephaestion

      If this hateful law passes, I will never go there again. It will be BOYCOTT ST. PETERSBURG time for sure! And I have been one of the city’s biggest promoters for 24 years.

      Feb 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      With all the cyber-criminals operating out of Russia, could one of them arrange for each of the up to $16,700 fines to be deposited into my bank account? If they don’t want us to squawk about what St. Petersburg is doing, they’ll have to pay us off and it won’t be cheap!

      If they give me enough, I can pay someone else to squawk on my behalf, which will help reduce unemployment in the U.S.!

      Feb 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Patrick
      Patrick

      This law must not pass. If it does, the Russian government will be able to do whatever they want to the LGBT community and they won’t be allowed to speak out without getting fined!

      Feb 28, 2012 at 3:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wtbranch
      wtbranch

      Some Bible Scriptures on Homosexual & Sexually Immoral Acts. Don’t HATE me; God said it!!
      1. Leviticus 18:22
      Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
      2. Leviticus 20:13
      ‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
      3. Genesis 1:27
      So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
      4. Mark 10:6
      But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.
      5. Romans 1:26
      Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
      6. Romans 13:12
      13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
      7. 1 Corinthians 6:9
      Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
      8. 1 Corinthians 10:8
      8We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9We should not test the Lord, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.
      9. 2Corinthians 12:21
      21I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.
      10. Galatians 5:19
      19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
      11. Ephesians 5:3 3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
      12. Colossians 3: 5-10
      5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
      13. 1Thessalonians 4:3-8
      3It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control his own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
      14. Jude 1:7
      7In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

      Feb 28, 2012 at 5:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRMT
      CBRMT

      @wtbranch:

      God is Supreme Fascist.

      Don’t HATE me, Paul Erd?s said it!

      As for me, I’m happy that the days of your evil god are over.

      Feb 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anielin
      Anielin

      God is just an extraterrestrial homophobe. There is no proof there is a “God”. There is proof there are aliens. All homosexual relations in the Bible are of nonstop orgies. Most homosexual relations of today are equal in LOVE like those of heterosexual relations. Lesbian and gay couples are just as faithful as heteros. I don’t hear anything about homosexuals cheating on one another. The Bible as was quoted above, only lists such activity as lustful. There is lust no matter what your sexual orientation. I’m straight, but I believe in equality. Not only of sexual orientation, but of Religious as well. Christians condemn “witchcraft”, Wiccans/ Pagans condemn none. You might be able to guess which side I swing in that regard. Christians need to look more closely at their book. Humans are not here to judge. That is a “Sin”. That’s for their God to do.

      Feb 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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