Valentine’s Day Carnival: For Russia With Love

Equality, love and human rights for all Russians

Friday 14 February 2014
12 noon to 2pm
Russian Embassy, Assemble corner Bayswater Road & Ossington Street, London W8 4QP
Nearest tube station: Notting Hill Gate

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We’ve got a Samba band, Putin masks for you, comedians, drag artists and a giant Putin-Medvedev Valetine’s card: “It was love at first sight – Homophobes united.”

It is going to be a fabulous party.

Friday’s For Russia With Love – LGBTQ Carnival is jointly sponsored by Lush, All Out, London Roller Girls and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Join the carnival outside the Russian Embassy in London to show your opposition to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by the Russian regime, including the new anti-­gay law banning “propaganda of non-­traditional sexual relations to minors”, which has coincided with an upsurge in anti-LGBT violence in the country.

“As the world comes together to celebrate the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we demand that the international community stands in solidarity with everyone suffering discrimination and intimidation because of their sexuality or gender identity,” said co-organiser Juliet Chard of Lush.

“The Sochi Olympics are in full swing. This carnival is our fun way to keep up the pressure on the Russian government and show our support for LGBT Russians and all Russian victims of human rights abuses. Don’t let Putin think that now the Olympics have started the protests are over. Let’s keep highlighting the terrible things happening in Russia and support the many heroic Russian activists – LGBT and straight – who are defending human rights. Freedom of expression for all,” added co-organiser Peter Tatchell.