Campaign of Russian LGBT Network against article 6.13.1

On December 19, 2012, the State Duma of the Russian Federation will consider in the first reading a draft law banning the so-called “propaganda of homosexualism” nationally. The Russian LGBT Network launched a campaign aimed at preventing the inclusion of Article 6.13.1 in the Code of Administrative Offences and at raising awareness of the authorities and society about the dangerous consequences of the law on “propaganda”. Now we turn to the international community – LGBT and human rights organizations, activists, and all like-minded people – for your support of the campaign.

Here are several suggestions on what one could do

  1. Release an official statement on the Russian “propaganda” law.
  2. Join our community photo action “I’m against article 6.13.1”. You only need to take a picture of yourself with a sign that reads “I’m against article 6.13.1 in Russia” and share it by posting it in your social networks and sending to us at [email protected]. Comments to the photos that would explain your position on the “propaganda” law are very welcome, we will share them with our supporters and subscribers online.
  3. Record a short video (1.5 minutes) “Why I’m against Article 6.13.1”. Please send your videos to [email protected]. We would like to kindly ask you to choose either English or Russian for these videos.
  4. Please support our action and join the protest by holding a demonstration in front of the Russian mission in your city. Information about your plans for the action, as well as photos and videos, will be much appreciated.
  5. Address the authorities in your country regarding your government’s possible statement on the Russian national “propaganda of homosexualism” law.
  6. Pass this information further.

If you have any questions regarding the development and the campaign, or if you have any suggestions, please send an email to Maria Kozlovskaya ([email protected]) and Anastasia Smirnova ([email protected]).

Thank you in advance for your consideration and solidarity!