End the 'twinned city' link between Manchester and St. Petersburg

End the 'twinned city' link between Manchester and St. Petersburg

    1. James Swinburne
    2. Petition by

      James Swinburne

      Manchester, United Kingdom

Twenty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia, anti-gay legislation is making a rapid comeback, with St Petersburg becoming the latest city to ban "homosexual propaganda".

On Saturday 29th June 2013 over 60 members of the public were arrested simply for taking part in St. Petersburg's gay pride parade.

It is now no longer appropriate that Manchester be twinned with St. Petersburg.

In the UK, with our far more tolerant culture, there is still, sadly, a higher than average rate of suicide and drug use, which is convincingly linked to the often negative experience of being gay in our society.

Now we must think about how the LGBT community in St. Petersburg must feel if this is how the local government is treating them. Think about young gay people, coming to terms with their sexuality and seeing in the news that who they are is apparently so awful that they deserve to be arrested for it.

Manchester's large gay community is something that Manchester should be proud of. Out of respect to the gay community here, we need to symbolically end this connection with St. Petersburg.

Instead of twinning the two cities, links should be established between the gay community in Manchester and the gay community in St. Petersburg as a sign of solidarity and that, perhaps, Manchester City Council could help to facilitate this.

 

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      James Swinburne
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      Manchester City Council is now aware of this petition - stay tuned for more news this week!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
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      100 signatures in less than a day...that's brilliant :)

    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Stephen George MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      It's disgusting what the world is allowing Russia to carry on with. Reminiscent of Namibia Germany

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    • karen edge FARNWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      I have many gay friends and proud to know them they are great people. We should not be twinned to any city that are condemning gays, the way they are being treated is atrocious, barbaric, sadistic and down right criminal. Please try to watch the documentary, The hunted about gays in Russia its disgusting that this behaviour is being allowed to go on. it needs to be stopped. The gay community of Manchester and other towns and cities should group together and twin with the gay communities of Russia. They need your help and support.

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    • Rebecca Mead CHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      We should not sit by

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    • michelle owen-williams HATFIELD, LA
      • 9 months ago

      I dont live in Manchester but as a gay woman and a supporter of gay rights Id like to say Manchester is the Gay capital of the UK and should support the peoples opinions

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    • Martin Coles SALFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      i am gay and live in Manchester. I don't want any link with a country that persecutes gay men

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