IT might be on the other side of the world, but Russia is not off the radar for Australians who believe in human rights.
And with the planet watching during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, now is the time to show you care, by using the social media to shout loudly into the anticipated awkward silence on Russia’s ‘thing’ about gay rights.
On Friday, February 7, the same day as the games’ opening ceremony, UK-based website LGBTICONS is asking tweeps to do something very simple – take a photo and use the hashtag #LGBTearth.
Even if you’re not on Twitter, sharing this with your Facebook friends will help bring hope to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender social media users in a country where there’s been a marked rise in homophobic violence and a decrease in the protection LGBT are able to access from authorities.
Why? Because Russia has passed laws prohibiting the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships.
Many feel this goes against Principle Six of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits all forms of discrimination.
Founder of LGBTICONS Barry Church-Woods said of the event:
“We’ve been profiling LGBT people of significant achievement, and sharing news about LGBT communities globally, for over a year now and the more we research and write, the more depressing it gets. Coming from a position of privilege as an out gay man in the UK, it struck me that so many people are still being oppressed across the world. You need only look at the situations in Uganda, Russia and Malaysia today to realise how far behind we are, as a planet, in realising basic human rights. As such, I’m hoping that LGBTearth will offer a great showcase of exceptional people all over the world. A digital pride so to speak.
“Our last effort was a massive success, with an estimated a reach of 2.4million people on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We hope that you’ll join us this Friday and help us shout through the noise of the opening ceremony,” Church-Woods said.
Take a photo, use the hashtag – #LGBTearth – and help start this day-long event from Woop Woop, where the world’s celebrations always begin!
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