Developing Story: Emergency Protest on Friday, May 5

In two days, Los Angeles and Washington DC are joining Tel Aviv’s efforts to “wake up” the international LGBTQ community and the world’s leaders to stop the persecution of gay men and transgender women in Chechnya. This Friday, May 5, and over the weekend, an emergency protest in various parts of the world calls to stop the brutality against LGBTQ people before it’s too late. Organizing a protest in your city? Let us know!

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In 1964, the Council of Europe declared May 5 “Europe Day,” an annual celebration of peace and unity. On this coming May 5th the Aguda, Israel’s National LGBT Task Force, is leading what they hope will become an international event – demonstrating in front of Russia’s embassy in Tel Aviv, against the persecution of LGBT people that is happening in Chechnya. ‘Peace and unity’ should include enabling LGBT people to live their life in equality and in peace – without  regard to sex, religion or gender.

Los Angeles

5 – 7 pm
At the intersection of Pico Boulevard and La Cienega
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Tel Aviv

11 am
At the Russian Embassy
Hayarkon 120
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New York

Demand action to save gay lives in Chechnya
Ralph Bunche Park
11 W 32nd St, New York, New York 10017
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San Diego

7 am
Laurel Airport Parking
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Magic Island
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Rally Against Persecution of Gays in Chechnya
60 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2M3, Canada
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