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Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia. Protest 19 April

Tell Commonwealth leaders: Stop persecuting LGBT people

 

Join us!
Thursday 19 April 1-2pm
Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX.
Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus & Charing Cross.
Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G

70% of Commonwealth nations are bastions of homophobic prejudice, discrimination & violence. What are Commonwealth leaders doing about it? NOTHING! Tell them it’s time to STOP persecuting LGBT people. Join us!

The protest is supported by a coalition of 15 LGBT+ and human rights groups. It takes place outside the HQ of the Commonwealth, coinciding with the 53 Commonwealth leaders holding their summit and when dozens of LGBT+ delegates from across the Commonwealth will be in London.

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE this petition to demand an end to the criminalisation of LGBTs in 36 out of 53 Commonwealth countries: https://tinyurl.com/y6uzqyqc

Nine Commonwealth nations have life imprisonment for same-sex acts. In parts of two Commonwealth countries – Nigeria and Pakistan – LGBT+ people can be executed.

Commonwealth leaders have refused to even discuss LGBT+ human rights for six decades. Join us to tell them: Time’s up on blocking debate. Time’s up on legal discrimination. Time’s up on homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

These are our four demands to the leaders of all Commonwealth nations:

  • Decriminalise same-sex relations
  • Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Enforce laws against threats and violence, to protect LGBT+ people from hate crimes
  • Consult and dialogue with national LGBT+ organisations

If you agree, please join us on the 19 April.

The 19 April vigil is supported by: The Commonwealth Equality Network, Kaleidoscope Trust, Peter Tatchell Foundation, UK Black Pride, African Equality Foundation, Equality Network, African Rainbow Family, Movement for Justice, House of Rainbow, Out & Proud African LGBTI, Micro Rainbow, Africa Advocacy Foundation, Rainbow Across Borders, African Eye Trust, Manchester Migrant Solidarity

Further information:

Simon Harris
Communications and Campaigns Manager
Peter Tatchell Foundation
Email: Simon@PeterTatchellFoundation.org