Members of ACT UP, LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, and Queer Nation gathered outside the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the UN on March 5 to protest Uganda’s recently enacted anti-homosexuality law. That law allows harsh criminal penalties for LGBT Ugandans.
This song was created to raise awareness of human rights abuses against the LGBT community in Russia, and to raise money for AMERICAblog's and Queer Nation NY's work in this, and other, areas of international LGBT human rights.
Nellie McKay has joined Will Dollinger in releasing a new song on iTunes about anti-LGBT violence in Russia, benefiting AMERICAblog and Queer Nation NY.
Thanks to blogger John Aravosis for recognizing Queer Nation NY, and thanks to Will Dollinger and Nellie McKay for the amazing song and video that benefits John’s advocacy work on AMERICAblog and Queer Nation.
Queer Nation is grateful for John’s extraordinary work to help #LGBT Russians and we can’t thank Will and Nellie enough!
The end of the Olympics is not the end of our confrontation with the Russian government. We will not be silent and we will not forget that the US Olympic Committee was silent.
Roughly 20 members of Queer Nation NY protested at the final Road to Sochi tour event, which was held at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on February 23. The action began in Vanderbilt Hall inside the terminal with protesters chanting “Don’t Buy Putin’s Lies” and unfurling two Gilbert Baker-made banners, one reading “Don’t Buy Putin’s Lies” and the other saying “Boycott Homophobia.” Some members also carried signs that read “Gay Bashing Is Not An Olympic Sport.”
Queer Nation was then forced out of the terminal by officers in the MTA Police Department. The group briefly protested in front of a Road to Sochi tour truck on 42nd Street and then marched to the west entrance of Grand Central Terminal where the protest continued.
The Road to Sochi tour, which was produced by the USOC, began on October 29 in Times Square. Queer Nation protested at the opening press conference of the tour on October 29. Before and during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia, which ended on February 23, the USOC has made no comment on Russia’s continuing human rights violations, including its attacks on LGBT Russians.
Queer Nation’s Ann Northrop describes our February 20 visit to NBC.
"We walked in from 49th and 6th because they had the small crowd on the little plaza and the 49th St. side of the plate glass windows was unobstructed.
As we whipped open… the Boycott Homophobia banner and pulled out Gay-Bashing is not an Olympic Sport signs, the cops tried to grab us and hustle us across the street. We insisted on holding our ground (Get your hands off me! This is a public sidewalk!) and succeeded in staying there, evidently quite visible over Hoda’s shoulder.
After 5-10 minutes, they went to commercial, and got up from the anchor desk. Kathie Lee gave a smile and wave to the plaza crowd, then turned and looked at us, glared at me, and refused to return the smile and wave I was giving her. About 15 minutes later, they came back to the anchor desk for a segment. This time Kathie Lee looked at me, still stony, but felt forced to return my wave a little. Then they lowered the curtains around the whole studio. We packed up and left. A good time was had by all.”
All except for Kathie Lee, apparently.
Thanks to photographer Donna Aceto for the shot of a dismayed Kathie Lee watching the protest from the studio.
Queer Nation first protested at the Today show on January 16 because we believed that NBC wouldn’t cover human rights issues, including the fight being waged by LGBT Russians, from Sochi. We were right.
The Human Rights Campaign has been monitoring NBC’s coverage. We’re three days from the Closing Ceremony and the end of NBC’s expected 1,500 hours of Olympics coverage. How much time has NBC devoted to human rights? One hour and 47 minutes, HRC says. Roughly .001 percent of NBC’s coverage has been devoted to human rights matters. We wonder why they bothered at all.
Thanks to photographer Donna Aceto for the shot.
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Queer Nation has mounted a series of high-profile protests dating to July 2013. They include a February 6 protest at the Russian consulate in New York City, December 12 actions at two NBC employee Christmas parties and earlier confrontations with Moscow government officials at meetings promoting US investment in Russia. The group has also targeted supporters of Putin performing at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall as well as “Russia Day” at the New York Stock Exchange.
This Valentine’s Day, spread Propaganda of Love and Support to persecuted LGBT community communities worldwide. This Valentine is for Russia, Nigeria, Uganda, India and all those who support basic human rights to speech, assembly, political participation and the pursuit of love and happiness for all people. To a day where everyone can love the person they love without fear of government or societal punishment. Big thanks to Anna Goodson Illustration Agency, who commissioned the Valentines.
See more at: http://www.agoodson.com/
NOW PLAYING ON NBC! Olympic Hunger Games: SOCHI!
The horrifying story of a maniacal despot who runs rough shod over the human right to free speech and assembly. Aided and abetted by his “Partners” in crime, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Dow Chemical, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Panasonic, Samsung, Omega, Visa, Atos, Putin terrorizes Russia’s LGBT community, with a little help from Neo-Nazi friends. Do not expect this to show on NBC.
Created by Scott Wooledge, of #CheersToSochi, the social networking campaign challenge sponsors of the Sochi Olympic games to speak out for global LGBT equality.