LGBT people and their allies protestsed in at least 34 cities in 21 countries around the world to show solidarity with LGBT Russians and to ‘oppose the Putin regime’s escalating authoritarianism’ yesterday.
The protests were also an attempt to put pressure on world leaders ahead of the upcoming G20 Summit, due to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, tomorrow and Friday (5 and 6 September).
Organizers, including digital activism group All Out, hope leaders will publicly challenge and condemn the laws and to themselves place pressure on Russia to change its stance.
Many of the protests had themes or quirks, including ‘wear red’ for Russia outside Downing Street in London, a candlelight vigil in Galway, Ireland and, in Seattle, music by gay Russian composers was played as part of the protest.
Publicity material for the protests created by All Out feature the slogan ‘Love Always Wins’, and those unable to attend could still participate in social media, with the ‘#Russia4Love’ hashtag.
Here are some of our favourite photos of the events held around the world.
Protestors taping their mouths to symbolise the removal of free speech in Russia. Bologna, Italy:
Daisies also have an opinion on the matter. Dublin, Ireland:
Female protestor sporting hearts on her face. Gothenburg, Sweden:
'To Russia with love'. London, UK:
Protestors raising their voices for Russia. Madrid, Spain: