Michael Tilson Thomas & SF Symphony: Dedicate Sept 11 Tchaikovsky concert to LGBT Russians
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Michael Tilson Thomas
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Brent Assink

Michael Tilson Thomas & SF Symphony: Dedicate Sept 11 Tchaikovsky concert to LGBT Russians

    1. Petition by

      Gays Without Borders

Michael Tilson Thomas, the music director of the San Francisco Symphony and an out gay man and cultural icon, will conduct Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on September 11. A Russian composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was gay.

We are united in our support for Russia’s LGBT community at this time. We deplore the rise in violence against them resulting from the Russian government’s recent enactment of anti-gay propaganda laws, and the government’s oppression of human rights defenders and activists.

We are a diverse group of individuals from many backgrounds, countries, and stations in life. Some of us are singers and performers, patrons and promoters of the arts, political activists, LGBT people, straight allies and citizens of the world.

We, the undersigned, request that Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony dedicate the September 11 performance to friendship and solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens of Russia.

Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
Brent Assink, San Francisco Symphony
Please dedicate the Tchaikovsky concert on September 11th to LGBT Russians and their struggle for dignity, respect and full acceptance at all levels of society.

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Recent signatures


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    2. Reached 50 signatures
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    4. Reached 25 signatures
    5. SF Opera vigil: Report and photos

      Be sure to check out the photos, report and short vid about our vigil for LGBT citizens of Russia before the show on Friday, September 6 at the SF Opera gala opeing. We had a ball and thank the patrons and SF Opera company management for their personal support:


    6. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 26 days ago

      It is conspicuous that lesbian and homosexual couples worldwide were brutally persecuted, often tortured, raped and killed, incarcerated, although they are live much happier together as heterosexual couples. Threaten these happy people worldwide men with their violence against women in heterosexual couples? This is precisely the fact. Homosexual men reject sexual violence against women and are often good friends of women. Lesbian women live together in peace with their children, without threat of domestic and sexual violence. So what is so terrible to live in lesbian and homosexual couples, I think in democratic countries should it be indifferent of sexual orientation and everyone can live the way he wants, especially the women.

      “The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.”

      ― Rita Mae Brown

      "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come."

      -- Victor Hugo

    • Paula Kuttner THE DALLES, OR
      • 8 months ago

      The rights of ALL people, no matter who, what or where they are, are important.

    • terrence frye SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      because no one should dictate the diversity of love...

    • Robbie Sweeny SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      It is important that all voices that are opposed to the homophobic Russian laws speak out. Silence on this issue is not an option;

      First they came for the communists,

      and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

      Then they came for the socialists,

      and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

      Then they came for the trade unionists,

      and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

      Then they came for me,

      and there was no one left to speak for me.

    • Brian Kirk SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Something so simple could make a huge difference.....just what art is supposed to do,,,,huh?


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