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Petitioning Melbourne City Council and 11 others

Melbourne doesn't stand for harsh anti-gay laws -- let's suspend our "Sister City" status with St. Petersburg immediately.

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It's one of the most homophobic cities in the world, with laws that ban any kind of public support for LGBT equality -- yet Melbourne is still an official "Sister City" with St. Petersburg in Russia despite their harsh new anti-gay laws.

It's now illegal to even mention the word "gay" in public in St. Petersburg. If you do, you can be jailed for 15 days or fined 500,000 rubles. The laws enacted last year actively discriminate against LGBT people and legitimize violence against them.

Several of my Russian friends have spoken of the fear they feel when they leave their homes in St Petersberg and how such laws have been the fuel for hate and violence directed to their gay and lesbian friends.

This isn't the kind of city that I think Melbourne stands for. But by keeping St. Petersburg as an official Sister City, it's giving credibility to these vicious anti-gay laws.

Finally there's something real we can do to help our friends in Russia fight against these disgusting laws. Help me call on Robert Doyle to do the right thing and suspend St. Petersburg as an official "Sister City" of Melbourne until these anti-gay laws are repealed.

Momentum is building in other Sister Cities to do the same too -- Milan has just dumped them and petitions are getting going in Florida, Paris, Barcelona and others. We can send a clear message from around the world: we won't stand for these anti-gay laws any longer.

Please sign my petition and share with friends and family.

Thanks for your help.

Carl Katter.

Letter to
Melbourne City Council
Melbourne City Council Cr Arron Wood
Melbourne City Council Cr Jackie Watts
and 9 others
Melbourne City Council Cr Beverley Pinder-Mortimer
Melbourne City Council Cr Ken Ong
Melbourne City Council Cr Cathy Oke
Melbourne City Council Cr Stephen Mayne
Melbourne City Council Cr Kevin Louey
Melbourne City Council Cr Rohan Leppert
Melbourne City Council Cr Richard Foster
The Right Honourable, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle
Melbourne City Council Cr Susan Riley
Please suspend "Sister City" status of St. Petersburg until they revoke their harsh anti-gay laws.

It's one of the most homophobic cities in the world, with laws that ban any kind of public support for LGBT equality -- yet Melbourne is still an official "Sister City" with St. Petersburg in Russia despite their harsh new anti-gay laws.

It's now illegal to even mention the word "gay" in public in St. Petersburg. If you do, you can be jailed for 15 days or fined 500,000 rubles. The laws enacted last year actively discriminate against LGBT people and legitimize violence against them.

This isn't the kind of city that I think Melbourne stands for. But by keeping St. Petersburg as an official Sister City, it's giving credibility to these vicious anti-gay laws.

Milan has already suspended the "Sister City" status, and Florida, Barcelona, and other cities are under pressure to do the same.

Thanks for showing that Melbourne doesn't condone these harsh laws. I know you'll do the right thing.