Support LGBT people in Russia
  • Petitioning IKEA

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IKEA
Corporate PR Director at IKEA
Mona Astra Liss

Support LGBT people in Russia

    1. Petition by

      RUSA LGBT

IKEA recently censored a story about a lesbian couple, Clara and Kirsty, from the Russian version of its IKEA Family Live magazine. IKEA ran the story of Clara and Kirsty in 24 out of the 25 countries, and erased that story in the one country, Russia, where it matters the most -- where LGBT people are facing brutal human rights violations just because of who they are.

When it came time to stand with Russia’s LGBT community, IKEA chose to erase them, and then told reporters that they had no choice.

But IKEA did have a choice. As a company with a strong history of supporting LGBT rights, IKEA could have strongly condemned Russia’s anti-LGBT laws -- laws that continue to allow authorities to arrest LGBT people in Russia, and laws that give cover to groups that terrorize Russia’s LGBT citizens -- and included the photo of Clara and Kirsty.

It’s time to demand that IKEA put this lesbian couple back into the Russian version of their magazine, and strongly condemn Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.

Last year, IKEA deleted images of women from its Saudi Arabia catalogue, and came under widespread global criticism. IKEA later apologized for this incident, and said its actions conflicted with their core company values.

Yet deleting LGBT people from their Russian publications is okay? Shouldn’t that also conflict with IKEA’s core company values?

Recently our group did a kiss-in at the IKEA in Brooklyn, NY. And we’re not going to stop until IKEA responds to our demands. If progressive and friendly IKEA erases us, who will stand up for us?

Be a friend, IKEA. Do not go along with Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay assault.

It’s time to support LGBT people in Russia, not erase them.

RUSA LGBT is partnering with GetEqual and Spectrum Human Rights in this campaign.

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    1. Decision-maker IKEA responds:

      IKEA

      At IKEA, we believe in people

      In the latest issue of our customer magazine IKEA FAMILY LIVE we ran a feature about two women, Kirsty and Clara, living in England with their child. The article appeared in 24 countries but not in Russia ...


    2. 45,000 PETITION SIGNATURES delivered to the IKEA America Corporate Office H

      LGBT activists give 45,000 signatures to IKEA U.S. Headquarters in Conshohocken

      CONSHOHOCKEN - Members of the LGBT community met outside of the IKEA U.S. Corporate Headquarters on Allen Dale Rd. in Conshohocken to present 45,000 signatures protesting IKEA's recall of an article about a lesbian couple from the Russian version of IKEA Family Live Magazine.

    3. Reached 40,000 signatures
    4. Reached 30,000 signatures
    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Zarah Ganem DUBLIN, IRELAND
      • 5 days ago

      Love is love... My friend was ignored by his family for coming out. His life turned up side down but he had more friends to keep his mind out of all the hate. Now he has a family and a boyfriend

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    • Iain Hammer LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 4 months ago

      IKEA HAD BETTER REVERSE THEIR CENSORSHIP DECISION IF THEY WANT MY CONTINUED CUSTOMER LOYALTY.

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    • JOANNE MILES WEST KELOWNA, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      Freedom of choice... power to the people.... :)

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    • Linda Wilansky PORTUGAL COVE, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      Everyone has a right to IKEA ideas and to the articles in the magazine. I think it is ludicrous to remove a group of people from advertising a product so as not to offend anyone. Listen up folks, we are all the same and to be honest, someone's sexual orientation has nothing to do with anyone else but themselves.

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    • Jadzia Floyd BALTIMORE, MD
      • 4 months ago

      This type of censorship is unneeded. There is no reason a lesbian couple shouldn't be allowed to appreciate furniture in a magazine.

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