World unites to send Putin Valentine’s Day gay kiss

Protests are being held around the world today to prove love can conquer hatred and fear

World unites to send Putin Valentine’s Day gay kiss
14 February 2014

Russian president Vladimir Putin is being sent Valentine’s Day gay kiss protests from around the world today (14 February).

In cities around the world, gay rights activists are gathering today to show love can conquer hatred and fear.

From midday in London near the Russian Embassy, there will be a LGBT carnival with samba music and drag artists.

Some will also be wearing mocking the Russian president by wearing Putin masks.

To promote the event, they sent out an image of Putin kissing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Peter Tatchell, organizing the protest alongside Lush, All Out, London Roller Girls, described the protest as the perfect way of keeping up pressure on the Russian government and show support for LGBT Russians.

‘We don’t want Putin to think that now the Olympics have started the protests are over,’ he said.

‘Let’s keep highlighting the terrible things happening in Russia and support the heroic Russian activists – gay and straight – who are defending human rights. Freedom of expression for all.’

And across the world earlier today in Beijing, a group of gay activists held a slightly more minimal protest.

They held up banners with a rainbow flag, the Olympic symbol and the words ‘To Russia With Love’ as they kissed.

‘We feel more positive today as it is Valentine’s Day and we have the opportunity to relay the message that everybody has the right to love and the right to campaign,’ activist Xiao Tie told AFP.

It is estimated around that over 100 people have been arrested in Russia since the beginning of the Sochi Olympic Games.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Sara Ramirez says her Grey's Anatomy character will always be 'sexually fluid'

Dr. Callie Torres 'will be attracted to both men and women' moving forward
Barclays Bank chief joins GLAAD to fight media gay hate

Barclays Bank chief joins GLAAD to fight media gay hate

Openly gay Brit Anthony Watson is the first non-American to be elected to the board of the world’s biggest LGBT media advocacy organization, GLAAD
No thumbnail available

Boys banned from graduation over Facebook kiss

Six boys in the Phillipines have been banned from attending their graduation after posting a gay kiss on Facebook
Could this be the best use of a selfie stick ever?

Could this be the best use of a selfie stick ever?

Credentials: 8 metres in the air, held aloft by water jets, at Amsterdam Pride
No thumbnail available

Matt Bomer doesn't want to let his character go from The Normal Heart

'I think he changed me for the better. I grew from getting to play him'
No thumbnail available

Man charged over New York gay strangling death

A 23-year-old man is being charged with robbing and killing his 53-year-old lover in a Queens motel
No thumbnail available

Rufus Wainwright recalls the time he met and was slapped down by Bea Arthur

Late TV and Broadway legend told singer: 'I'm not your f*cking grandmother!'
No thumbnail available

Upcoming marriage equality Supreme Court cases will not silence Rick Santorum

'I think it's important to understand that the Supreme Court doesn't have the final word'
No thumbnail available

Former Love In Action ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married a man in Oklahoma

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man
No thumbnail available

Parisians celebrate being gay and Muslim at end of Ramadan

A group of LGBT Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with pride and joy on the banks of the River Seine, Paris