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Petitioning Mayor of Helsinki, Finland Hon. Jussi Pajunen and 15 others

Sister Cities of St. Petersburg, Russia: Suspend "Sister City" Status Until Anti-Gay Law is Repealed

What do Los Angeles and St. Petersburg, Florida have in common? They, along with several other cities around the globe, are Sister Cities to St. Petersburg, Russia -- one of the most homophobic cities in the world.

The city of St. Petersburg passed a law last year that makes it a crime to show any kind of public support for LGBT equality, which it calls "gay propaganda." Under the law, you can't even mention the word "gay!" Violators can be fined up to 500,000 rubles or even thrown in jail for 15 days.

And just this month, St. Petersburg's malicious anti-gay law was exported to the rest of Russia: President Vladimir Putin signed a national "gay propaganda" ban on July 1.

St. Petersburg's "gay propaganda" law singles out a vulnerable minority group for persecution and legitimizes violence against LGBT people. World cities that value LGBT human rights have an obligation to suspend their Sister City relationships with St. Petersburg, as Venice and Milan have already done, until this unconscionable law is repealed.

It’s time to urge Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Florida, and all St. Petersburg's Sister Cities to stand up for LGBT human rights, and send a loud and clear message to Russia: imprisoning and fining people because of their sexual orientation is not something that deserves to be rewarded with “Sister City” status.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Mayor of Helsinki, Finland
    Hon. Jussi Pajunen
  • Mayor of Los Angeles, California, USA
    Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Mayor of Stockholm, Sweden
    Hon. Sten Nordin
  • Mayor of Hamburg, Germany
    Hon. Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt
  • Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Australia
    Rt. Hon. Robert Doyle
  • Lord Mayor of Manchester, United Kingdom
    Rt. Hon. Elaine Boyes
  • Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Hon. Eduardo Paes
  • Mayor of Göteborg, Sweden
    Hon. Anneli Hulthén
  • Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
    Hon. Bill Foster
  • Mayor of Québec City, Québec, Canada
    Hon. Régis Labeaume
  • Mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Hon. Ahmed Aboutaleb
  • Mayor of Barcelona, Spain
    Hon. Xavier Trias
  • Mayor of Antwerp, Belgium
    Hon. Bart De Wever
  • Mayor of Paris, France
    Hon. Bertrand Delanoë
  • Governor, State of Maryland, USA
    Hon. Martin O'Malley
  • Governor
    Martin O'Malley

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