I think it’s safe to say we are all horrified, angry and afraid about what is happening to the LGBTI community in Russia. Is anyone is Australia planning a series of protests (addresses and contact details at the end of this post)?
I have written on this site many times about the various boycotts and protests that are out there. Including this one planned for London August 10, this for Toronto August 3. Others are in the works for San Francisco and New York. Can we please have one in Australia?
And as Kevin Rudd is shortly off to St Petersburg for the G20 meeting, perhaps you could ask him to speak out about it there. The 2013 G-20 Russia summit will be the eighth meeting of the G-20 heads of government. The hosting venue will be the Constantine Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 5–6 September 2013.
Do I think people should boycott the Sochi2014 Games? No.
I would like to see all the stadia filled with spectators wearing rainbow clothing, carrying rainbow flags, with prominent rainbow patches on their backpacks and everywhere else. Everyone. Gay, straight, whatever we got!
I would like to see every athlete wearing large prominent rainbow flags sewn to their competition outfits. Everyone. Gay, straight, whatever we got!
I would like to see every medal winner on every podium make a gesture of support for the LGBTI community: wave a flag, wear a rainbow glove: perhaps we should devise a special salute?
In the meantime I would like to see Australian politicians of all stripes condemn what is happening in no uncertain terms. Especially Kevin Rudd at the upcoming G20 summit.
And it would be great if activists here would follow the lead of those in the USA, UK and Europe, writing to Russian diplomats and businesses and holding demonstrations outside Russian embassies and consulates. Here’s some links to get you started
The Russian Ambassador to Australia
MR. VLADIMIR N. MOROZOV
Outside of Canberra there are consular offices elsewhere in Australia.