BIRMINGHAM RALLY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA IN CHECHNYA – SAT 22ND APRIL
Posted on 19-04-2017 by Cecily Stevenson
The world’s media are reporting that gay men (and presumably other members of the LGBTQ+ community) are being arbitrarily detained and killed in Chechnya as officials try to gain the names of other LGBTQ+ people in the region. Other reports say that a ‘concentration camp’ has been established in the Chechen town of Argun.We are devastated and appalled by this news. Birmingham proudly celebrates its strong and diverse LGBTQ+ community and we will stand in solidarity with nationwide demonstrations across the UK and the world to send a loud and resounding message that we will not sit by and tolerate the persecution of LGBTQ+ people. We are calling on all LGBTQ+ people and our allies to demonstrate against this and show our solidarity with those under siege across Russia. On Saturday 22nd April 2017 Birmingham will march! DETAILS:
2:30pm – meet at Birmingham LGBT Centre (38/40 Holloway Circus, B1 1EQ).
3:00pm – march through the city to Victoria Square.
3:30pm – Speakers in Victoria Square (to be announced).
BRING BANNERS, FLAGS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY YOURSELVES TO HELP CHALLENGE THIS OPPRESSION AND SHOW OUR SOLIDARITY WITH LGBTQ+ PEOPLE IN CHECHNYA, RUSSIA, AND ALL FACING OPRESSION GLOBALLY.
On Friday 21st April at 6pm – Birmingham LGBT will host a free banner and placard making workshop for anyone who wishes to attend. NEWS LINKS http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chechnya-opened-concentration-camp-gay-men/ http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-man-chechnya-homemade-electric-chair/ https://lgbtnet.org/en/content/order-get-confession-they-beat-him-hose-and-tortured-electricity