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The one weekend TASK

We live in one of the most vibrant, multicultural cities in the world. Whether a quiet night starting with dinner followed by a film at the cinema or shots in Soho followed by an East end rave there are 1,001 things to do in this beautiful metropolis.

This weekend however, thousands of people will be congregating in Whitehall, the seat of our government, to protest about the gross indecency being waged upon a foreign minority by their own government.

Unless you’ve been living under a self-imposed exile for the past few weeks you would have read about the passing of a controversial law by the Duma, Russia’s lower house of Parliament, prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality to anyone under the age of 18. Doing so could land you a hefty fine and a separate law was passed which could see you in prison for up to three years if you offend religious believers. The latter law comes hot on the tails of the imprisonment of the Pussy Riot band members who performed an anti-Putin protest in a Russian Cathedral last year.

This is but the tip of the iceberg that is the anti-LGBT fire being fanned by the Russian authorities. Whether you’re LGBT or whether a friend or member of your family is, we’re all affected by this and if you feel strongly enough there is the perfect opportunity for you to voice your concerns this weekend.

Head down to Richmond Terrace, Westminster SW1A 2JL on Saturday 10th at 1pm and tell the world, David Cameron, the UK Parliament and the G20 to urge the Russian government to repeal these laws and to provide the same level of human rights protection to all of its citizens regardless of their sexuality and gender.

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