Support LGBT in Russia: Oppose the prohibition of "homosexual propaganda" in St Petersburg
  • Petitioned Vadim Tulpanov, (Georgy Poltavchenko, Alexei Kozyrev, Vladimir Lukin)

This petition was delivered to:

1 Chair St Petersburg Legislative Assembly;
Vadim Tulpanov, (Georgy Poltavchenko, Alexei Kozyrev, Vladimir Lukin)
Govenor of St Petersburg
Georgy Poltavchenko,
Ombudsman for Human Rights for St Petersburg
Alexei Kozyrev
Ombudsman for Human Rights for Russia
Vladimir Lukin

Support LGBT in Russia: Oppose the prohibition of "homosexual propaganda" in St Petersburg

    1. PRIDE Solidarity
    2. Petition by

      PRIDE Solidarity

      Brighton, United Kingdom

Vadim Tulpanov, Chair of St Petersburg Legislative Assembly; Georgy Poltavchenko (Govenor of St Petersburg), Alexei Kozyrev (Ombudsman for Human Rights - St Petersburg) Vladimir Lukin (Ombudsman for Human Rights - Russian Federation)

Уважаемые господа, Honoured Sirs,

 We the undersigned urge you to:

Resist efforts in the St Petersburg City Legislative Assembly to introduce Articles 70, prohibiting the so-called "propaganda of sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual-ism, transgender-ism to minors" , which is associated and has the same penalties as Article 71 prohibiting the promotion of "paedophilia".

1 We the undersigned are shocked by the introduction by legislative assembly members (of the "United Russia" party) of legal measures to prohibit the so-called "propaganda of sodomy, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual-ism, transgender-ism to minors"

2 The association of "homosexuals" with sexual offences against children is a slur and propaganda *against* lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) people. We, the undersigned are utterly opposed to sexual offences against children, the majority of which, according to all evidence, is committed by heterosexual men.We believe that this is in fact propaganda against: "homosexuals”, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people.

3 We believe that the association of two articles (70 and 71) with the same penalties and sanctions equating "homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people" with the perpetration of illegal and immoral and criminal sexual offences against children is another part of propaganda against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people which will spread misinformation and generate negative attitudes and “hate crime” including violence against LGBT people within St Petersburg and beyond. This is consistent with the experience in other countries around the world.

4 We know that the adoption of such a law "prohibiting propaganda about homosexuality" will in fact endanger young people who lack balanced, accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity. We are saddened that Russia leads the world in the number of teenage suicides and consistent with all studies around the world, we know that young lesbian gay, bisexual and particularly transgender people will be over-represented in those numbers. As with the adoption of similar laws prohibiting true information about "homosexuality" in other countries such as Section 28 in the UK, we are sure that these measures will lead to tragic consequences for young, vulnerable Russian people.

5 We are concerned that similar laws have been passed in Ryazan and Archangelsk and that members of the Legislative Assembly from the "United Russia" party have suggested a Federal law, which will extend such tragic consequences across the whole of the Russian Federation and lead to the further isolation and suffering of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, especially young people.

6 We believe that sexual identity and gender orientation are as fundamental as left or right handedness or eye colour, we do not believe anyone can be converted from their true nature but that in the absence of accurate information there are very negative consequences for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) people as they come to realise their identity, usually as young people and often as minors.  We believe that it is as wrong to force or encourage a "homosexual" to be a "heterosexual" as it would be to force a "heterosexual" to be a "homosexual" just as it is wrong to force a left handed person to be right handed.

8 We believe that such laws that prohibit open discussion on any subject are a denial of freedom of speech and therefore of democracy and are inconsistent with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention for Human Rights, and place Russia in breach of her international treaty obligations.

9 We wish to express our support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of St Petersburg and their friends and families and of course to the LGBT+ people of the whole of the Russian Federation who at conservative estimates must number some 5 Million people. We also wish to express our support for the Russian LGBT organisations: 1) Russian LGBT Network; 2) "Vychod - Coming Out" the LGBT grassroots organisation of St Petersburg and 3) Bok o Bok (Side by Side) who have stated their opposition to this measure. We wish also to express our friendship and greetings to all the peoples of the Russian Federation as they go through the process of understanding these sometimes difficult issues. We are confident that when they understand the truth of LGBT people, that they will come to learn of the significant contribution they make to Russia.

10 Less than one month away from 10 December and the International Day of Human Rights, we call upon you, in the name of humanity, to act vigorously to prevent this law and the suffering that would follow its adoption and refer you to the following:

i) Commentary from the report on Discrimination on Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Europe (Council of Europe, June, 2011) regarding the adoption of laws against the "promotion of homosexuality."

ii) Key Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers № CM/Rec (2010)5 to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity from 31 March, 2010 and on measures to be taken by member states with regard to the actual CE observance and respect for the rights of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression.

iii) Reference to the ECHR's decision “B. against France, complaint № 13343/87, dated March 25, 1992”, “Dudgeon v. United Kingdom, complaint № 7525/76, dated October 22, 1981, and subsequent cases), which concern the right to receive adequate information.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. "Homosexual Propaganda" law before St Petersburg Assembly again (Wed 8 Feb)

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign the same letter (as before) IN RUSSIAN directed at 30 out 50 Members St Petersburg Legislative Assembly to encourage them NOT to vote for this law which equates "homosexuality" "lesbianism" "bisexuality" and "transgenderism" (sic) with the sexual abuse of children....

      Please pass it around your friends.... a single vote can ALL the difference and LGBT all across Russia are awaiting the obably one of the more tolerant and open places in Russia.

    2. Bill to be re-introduced in St Peterburg Assembly Wed 8 February 2012

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      Please stand by for a petition to go to ALL the emmbers of the St Petersburg Assembly

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. 1,192 (UK) 1.192 (Rest)

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      Amazing! The election and the immediate danger is past but the world has witnessed protests across Russia protesting (despite the risks) the results of this "election" and calling for a new one. Who knows finally what individual act tips the balance.... but it looks like in this instance some kind of balance *has* been tipped, with those in power left with reduced power and...something to think about.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. 951 signatures - almost to 1000!

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      Just to be aware, think of who you can share this link with!

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. the *same* David Cameron as Prime Minister of UK AGREES with Gay marriage

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      David Cameron voted FOR Section 28, he voted not to remove it and in 2009 APOLOGISED for it and in 2011 said he was FOR stable relationships which show commitment, that they are GOOD for society.

    9. Look what happened to "Section 28" - the British version of Article 70

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      David Cameron voted FOR Section 28, he voted not to remove it and in 2009 APOLOGISED for it and in 2011 said he was FOR stable relationships which show commitment, that they are GOOD for society.

    10. Look what happened to the British version of Article 70

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      David Cameron voted FOR Section 28, he voted not to remove it and in 2009 APOLOGISED for it and in 2011 said he was FOR stable relationships which show commitment, that they are GOOD for society.

    11. 731 emails in their inboxes

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      WELL DONE ALL! :)

    12. US Dept of State quotes Hillary Clinton

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      "Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights"

    13. Bill postponed until 30 Nov

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      A second reading has been postponed until 30 November. There is an ALL OUT petition you may want to sign.

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. Slight changes to text:

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      I have made slight changes to text because it might have looked like we were against the 2nd part, Article 71 the promotion of "paedophilia" ie sexual offences against children.

      It's amazing how far this petition has spread. Thank you so much for supporting the LGBT of Russia and their friends and families. Messages from Russia indicate how very much your support is appreciated. Spasibo!

    16. Reached 250 signatures
    17. Report in St Petersburg Times (16 Nov 2011)

      PRIDE Solidarity
      Petition Organizer

      A very good account in English

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kate Riggall FAIRFIELD, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      This law is going to lead to so much suffering... how can I not object?

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    • jasmin cerda SANTA ROSA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      because i believe in love for all

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    • G. R. Gray STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Tell the Calif gov. that marrying a lesbian is antithetical to gay marriage rights

      https://www.change.org/petitions/outing-california-gov-jerry-brown-1st-lady-annie-gust

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    • David Lane OLYMPIA, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Gays are Real People and discrimination is like calling someone second class. Gays and Lesbians and all GLBTA people should be given all the same rights that every straight member of society enjoys. Including the freedom to be who they are without fear.

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    • Stephen Clarke RUGBY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because Russia's becoming a better, more tolerant country and the bill would be a terrible blow to the improving public attitudes to LGBT people. When people are less homophobic, which this monstrous bill would work against, people feel happier and more relaxed, furthermore cruel and appalling attitudes towards gay people drew me to gay rights. The impact of anti-LGBT attitudes can be terrible.

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