UPDATE March 12, 2012. Despite our international uproar, conservative lawmakers in Saint Petersburg passed the notorious "propaganda" law to silence any reading, writing, speech or debate on anything "gay" - and the governor signed it in to law.
Our friends in Russia are determined to challenge the law - in the courts and on the streets - and we'll be with them every step of the way. Their message is simple but clear, despite attempts by the government to make LGBT people "disappear": We will not be silenced.
UPDATE February 8th: This morning, St. Petersburg legislators passed the 2nd reading of the outrageous "propaganda" bill that will silence millions of Russian LGBT voices. Our friend Polina reports that we still have time to call our world leaders -- the final vote will come next week. Call your foreign affairs office now, and spread the word HERE.
The Russian law to silence LGBT people is back -- and we need to act now.
Lawmakers are about to vote on bill that will make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian, bi or transgender. And this is just the beginning - if the law passes in St. Petersburg, officials have threatened to take it nationwide.
Activists in St. Petersburg are rushing to organize a public protest against the bill, but no matter where you are, you can stand with them. Join this call to leaders around the world to reach out to their counterparts in the Russian government - and ask them to reject this discriminatory and anti-democratic law.