Over the past few months, Russia has enacted a series of new laws scapegoating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and seeking to silence any positive discussion of LGBT issues. Russia is a global power with a population of more than 143 million people. Its blatant targeting of LGBT people is shocking and sets a dangerous precedent. We cannot stand silently by while countless LGBT people and allies are being hurt and targeted by these draconian laws. Please join us in supporting LGBT advocates in Russia and around the world who are speaking out. Together, we can fight back against what is happening in Russia and turn back the tide of unchecked homophobia.
These toxic laws forbid any public advocacy or positive discussion of LGBT issues, ban same-sex couples from adoption, and even prevent any use of the internet to share information about the LGBT community. The campaign of terror against the LGBT community in Russia continues unabated. Just recently a new proposed law would remove children from same-sex parents and terminate the parental rights of anyone engaging in “homosexual behavior.” What is happening in Russia is a nightmare—for all of us.
By signing onto this petition you are calling on companies that do business in Russia and have non-discrimination policies to condemn the scapegoating of LGBT people and demand that the Russian government repeal these dangerous laws, which have sparked violent attacks against people suspected of being LGBT.
Your petition will be delivered to the CEO’s of these companies, whose influence and leadership on this issue can make a difference. Please help us let them know how strongly you care about this issue.
Many of these companies generally have a strong record of supporting the LGBT community and leading the way with workplace policies that respect and protect LGBT employees. We are asking these corporations to once again lead by example and advocate for the safety and equality of the LGBT community in Russia.