Today the Human Rights Campaign released a new web video highlighting the role that American extremists have played in the passage of Russia’s draconian anti-LGBT laws. The video details how more than a dozen Americans, including NOM President Brian Brown have traveled to Russia in the last year to meet with policy makers and lobby for these laws. The consequences of these laws have been immediate and severe. In less than a year since the signing of the propaganda ban we have seen activists arrested and beaten in the streets and a surge in asylum requests from LGBT Russians trying to leave the country. This is what Brian Brown and the other Americans have been lobbying for and what they’d like to see implemented here in the US as well.
More information on the situation in Russia is available at Love Conquers Hate.
February 20, 2014 by Michael Cole-Schwartz, Director of Communications
With the 2014 Winter Olympics underway, HRC has taken to the digital airwaves to show solidarity with LGBT Russians. In addition to the celebrities that have already joined the campaign, partnering with social media influencers across the country including Miles Jai, Matthew Lush, Michael Rizzi and Cameron Elder and many others, HRC’s empowering #LOVECONQERSHATE message has the power to be seen by millions of people across the world. By wearing HRC’s Russian Love Conquers Hate tee and sharing on social media, these influencers have increased awareness of the campaign and further spurred support for LGBT Russians. With 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of HRC’s Russian Love Conquers Hate shirt going directly back to Russian LGBT advocates, these selfies definitely are the change we wish to see in the world. Check them out on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Vine and upload your own using the hashtag #LoveConquersHate. Current influencers include: Twitter: @HRC, Instagram: @HumanRightsCampaign, Facebook: Human Rights Campaign, Vine: @HRC, Tumblr: humanrightscampaign.tumblr.com
February 19, 2014 by HRC staff
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