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WATCH: AllOut Tells St. Petersburg Governor Not To Tarnish Tchaikovsky’s Legacy With Anti-Gay Bill

In this masterfully created video, an international LGBT activism group called AllOut beseeches St. Petersburg regional governor Georgy Poltavchenko not to sign a recently passed bill that outlaws “promotion of homosexuality.” It’s brilliantly cut with an emotional orchestral piece by St. Petersburg’s very own gay musician, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Polina Savchenko, the director of Coming Out, an LGBT organization based in St. Petersburg, had this to say:

“This radical law undermines the great legacy of our city’s past and future.  If it passes, it would be illegal to mention that famed Russian composer of the 1812 Overture, St. Petersburg native Tchaikovksy, was gay. This law installs a culture of censorship in what was once Russia’s most cosmopolitan city and is a huge blow to the freedom of expression in Russia.  At a time when people all over the world are opening up and coming out, this law puts Russia back in the closet.”

Said AllOut.org’s Executive Director Andre Banks:

“This reputation can’t coexist with a new law that will muzzle artists, writers, musicians and regular citizens who live in—or visit—the city,” says AllOut.org Executive Director Andre Banks. “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. It must not be allowed to stand.”

Take a stand with them and sign their online petition—it takes less than two minutes.

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Mar 1, 2012
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  • 11 Comments
    • bobito
      bobito

      hmmmm… Tchaikovsky may have been ordered to kill himself by a “Court of Honor” in St. Petersburg so that the scandal of his homosexuality would die with him. Don’t know if invoking his memory in this context is going to move the authorities there this time.

      Mar 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • prince of snides aka divkid
      prince of snides aka divkid

      to my fellow capitalist-imperialist-bourgeois-degenerate pig-dogs, c’mon let’s get the numbers up on this petition; we need all hands on deck — let’s get all battleship-potemkin on their asses (no, i don’t know what that is either.)

      props to ALLOUT for a very slick and professional campaign; on the strength of this effort you’ll be my go-to lgbt campaign organisation.

      Mar 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TASTEY GOODIES
      TASTEY GOODIES

      1812 OVERTURE IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVS. ONE DOES HAVE 2 WONDER IF THE CHRISTMAS
      CLASSIC, THE NUTCRACKER SUITE, WILL BE ALLOWED 2 BE PERFORMED BY ANY ST. PETERSBERG
      BALLET CO. IF NOT, THEN THAT WOULD BE A CHRISTMAS TIME TRAGEDY.

      Mar 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Margaret O'Keeffe
      Margaret O'Keeffe

      Your commitment to Human Rights is amazing, well done, Margaret.

      Mar 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gian Paolo
      Gian Paolo

      Not allowing part of society to express freely itself is a damage to all society. It is sad that in 2012 there’s still people completely unable to understand this simple fact.

      Mar 6, 2012 at 10:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian Fisher
      Brian Fisher

      Totally backward step. The world is rebelling against inequality. You cannot overcome your homophobia by denying gay existence. Don’t do it. It’s barbaric and stupid!

      Mar 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tomás
      Tomás

      People, please don’t forget to LIKE the video and LEAVE A SUPPORT COMMENT, because a huge part of the video’s comments are homophobic, and we have to make a difference.
      It was All Out who appealed for us to do this.
      LIKE and COMMENT, don’t forget!

      Mar 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BILLY NAME
      BILLY NAME

      GAY RIGHTS WILL WIN EVERYWHERE.

      Mar 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ripear
      Ripear

      Great video!Very emotional and it perfectly conveys the essence of what people not to infringe upon their right to love and be loved !And the more in no case be considered as second-class people because of their orientation!This private affair of everyone whom he loved!

      Mar 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yvonne micheli
      yvonne micheli

      Practice The Golden Rule! Always and in all ways. Our world needs our attention in so many ways. Let us use our energy for making the earth a better place for all and stop wasting time on hate.

      Mar 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel de Culla
      Daniel de Culla

      There’s only a Path in our World: The LGBT Path¡

      Mar 7, 2012 at 7:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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