Face-paint protest against 76+ countries’ anti-gay laws

Invitation to face painting protest. (Photo courtesy of Vince Laws)
Invitation to face painting protest. (Photo courtesy of Vince Laws)

Gay-rights activists in England are planning a Feb. 1 protest against anti-homosexuality laws in 76+ countries listed in the “Erasing 76 Crimes” blog.

As part of the B.Right.On LGBT Festival in Brighton, “76 faces will be painted to highlight that homosexuality remains BANNED in 76 countries throughout the world. Each face will be painted with the name of a country as listed on the 76 Crimes website,” Gscene reports.

The 76 painted faces will be photographed and filmed:

The event will be filmed during the artistic launch of the Vince Laws show, I Am A Poem, at Brighton’s Jubilee Library on Friday, February 1 from 7-9pm which is the curtain raiser for this years LGBT History Month events.

To take part, turn up for 7pm at the Jubilee Library. …

Everyone’s face will be painted in the first hour. You can help face paint each other with the name of one of the 76 countries where homos are illegal using MAC eyeliner pencils in bright red, which will be supplied by the organiser.

This will be followed by a photo call at 8pm with all 76 faces being photographed under a huge sign that says BANNED and a 30-minute performance with poetry a choir, queer calypsos, and much much more…

Face wipes will be provided so you can wipe off the face paint [afterwards.]

Participants can choose a particular country to represent; otherwise, names will be picked out of a hat.

For more information, email organizer Vince Laws at

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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