Response to Russian's Human Rights Crackdown Goes Global

All Out  photoAll Out coordinated a global response to Russia’s anti-gay laws and human rights crackdown on all Russians, ahead of the G20 summit in St Petersburg on September 5 and 6. 

All Out encouraged their 1.8 million members and partner organizations around the world to participate in a “Global Speak Out”  today. Events are planned in at least 33 cities and 21 countries around the world.  

Dozens of organizations have endorsed the Global Speak Out including GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, Truth Wins Out, Human Rights Foundation, Queer Nation NY, RUSA LGBT, Peter Tatchell Foundation, Human Rights Foundation, and many others. All Out will continue to update a list of events, endorsements, and photos of the events on their website: AllOut.org/russiaevents.  (Details for Global Speak Outevents are linked below.) 

“The call for Putin to stop his anti-gay and anti-Russian crackdown has gone global,” Andre Banks, Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out said. “Organizers in at least 33 cities and 21 countries have gathered today to speak out ahead of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg to make this one of the largest global demonstrations for gay rights and human rights in history.” 

“Putin is breaking the law. The anti-gay laws violate Russia's own constitution, the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Declaration on Human Rights. People from around the world and their leaders are obligated to demand accountability," Andre Banks, Executive Director and Co-Founder of All Out continued. "If we allow Putin to undermine basic freedoms for gay and lesbian Russians, we accept the destruction of these freedoms for all Russians - gay and straight.  Putin is bound by law to protect human rights for every Russian citizen.” 

Criticism of Putin’s crackdown on basic human rights for both gay and straight Russians has gone global in the run-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia:

  • After
  • criticizing the Russian laws on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last 
  • month, President Obama will reportedly meet with civil society and LGBT 
  • groups during his visit to Russia this week for the G20; 
  • State
  • Representative Mark Leno is taking steps to force California’s billion 
  • dollar pension fund to divest from Russian companies;
  • In
  • Australia, elected officials pressured the International Olympic 
  • Committee to respond to the human rights crackdown, leading to a letter 
  • confirming the IOC does not plan to move the Olympics;
  • A
  • bipartisan group of United States Senators sent an open letter to 
  • President Obama encouraging him to pressure Putin during the G20 to stop
  • his crackdown on human rights;
  • In
  • Reykjavik, and in cities throughout the world, city councils are 
  • questioning their official sister cities relationships with their 
  • Russian counterparts;
  • Activists
  • throughout the world are calling on global corporations who are 
  • sponsoring the Olympics to speak out and ensure their corporate policies
  • protect LGBT employees worldwide;
  • And in at least 33 cities and 21 countries, people are organizing events as part of the Global Speak Out

    All Out  photo

“Life is becoming increasingly difficult for Russian citizens and no one is safe from Putin’s crackdown - not even the international community,” Andre Banks said. “Putin’s crackdown is going to collide with the international community during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The IOC has refused to stand-up to Russia in a meaningful way, so athletes, fans, and Russian citizens will suffer if these barbaric laws are not repealed before the games. Putin should do it for the good of Russians and the world. Until he does, the world will speak out.”  

Global Speak Out events - 9/3/2013: 

All Out made headlines last month when they delivered more than 300,000 All Out petition signatures to the International Olympic Committee headquarters urging the IOC to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Andre Banks followed up the delivery with a surprise visit to the Russian Ambassador to the United Nation’s home in Manhattan, where the two debated outside while the media watched.


Global event page (up-to-date list of participating cities with photos when they become available): https://www.allout.org/russiaevents

Twitter users around the world will be tweeting using the hashtag #Russia4Love

All Out  photo 

All Out’s Russian campaign in the news:

Andre Banks on CNN International discussing ongoing human rights crackdown: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/07/world/europe/russia-gay-rights/index.html


Photos and coverage of All Out’s delivery to the IOC:




Photos and coverage of Andre Banks debating Russia’s UN Ambassador: 




The current anti-gay law in Russia includes a provision that allows the government to detain foreigners for 14 days before possible expulsion.

The following activities could be construed as a violation of the new national law for participants in the Sochi Olympics:

  • A journalist covering the impact of the laws on gay communities in Russia could be fined or their media outlet could be fined
  • A global citizen living outside of Russia posting a global petition urging the end of the anti-gay crackdown
  • Two
  • sisters holding hands in the street of Sochi, or any other cities of 
  • Russia could be stopped and questioned by police and possibly fined
  • Any
  • event that would talk positively about being LGBT in Russia, from 
  • prides to conferences, or even film festivals and book fairs could be 
  • banned


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RE: Response to Russian's Human Rights Crackdown Goes Global

#1 Future » 2013-09-04 03:29

One can only hope that Antigua eventually becomes a recognized country and attracts this kind of attention to it's backwards homophobic culture and laws.


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