As many as 140 people took a stand in Brighton, England, on Feb. 1 against the laws of 76-plus countries where same-sex love is a crime.
The protest was organized by poet-artist Vince Laws as part of the B.Right.On Festival at the start of LGBT History Month.
In the protest, 100 people or more had their faces painted with the names of the 76+ countries with laws against homosexual activity.
The list of those countries came from the Erasing 76 Crimes blog, and a sign reading “76crimes.com” is visible in a group photo of the protest.
In his announcement of the protest, Laws stated:
Friends, LGBT people around the world, I salute you.
Friends in the 76 countries where homosexuality is illegal – I will speak out for you.
Friends in the other 6 dubious countries – on the 76crimes.com website, you are not forgotten.
On Friday 1 February 2013 at 8pm I will paint the names of those 76 shameful countries, in blood, on the faces of 76 volunteer activists, in the Jubilee Library in Brighton, England, United Kingdom.
Why? Because we can. Because you cannot.
- LGBT world 2012: victories, setbacks, close calls (76crimes.com)
- With Uganda arrests, at least 13 in jail for being gay (76crimes.com)
- Banned at the Jubilee Library (GScene Magazine)
- 76+ countries where homosexuality is illegal (76crimes.com)