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Here’s how to help persecuted Russian LGBT activist

Feminist and LGBT+ activist Yulia Tsvetkova is trapped in her town in Siberia, facing up to six years in prison. Her alleged crimes include violating Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law by publishing a drawing of happy same-sex families.

“Family is where love is. Support LGBT+ families!” (Art by Yulia Tsvetkova / Freetsvet.net)

This is ILGA-Europe’ summary of the situation:

By the end of 2018, Yulia Tsvetkova had already made some of her dreams come true: opening a theatre for kids, launching a sex-ed project for teenagers, and creating feminist resources online. Less than two years later, this feminist and LGBT+ activist is facing up to six years in prison, is receiving death threats, and cannot leave her town in Russia’s Far East.

Drawings from Yulia Tsvetkova’s series titled “A woman is not a doll”.  (Drawings courtesy of Freetsvet.com)

For more information about Tsvetkova and her background, click on these links:

She and her supporters are seeking publicity about her case. Some suggestions:

  • Write, talk, tweet, draw about Yulia’s story, and invite your friends and social media community to join.
  • SIGN THE PETITION to free Yulia [CHANGE.ORG]
  • SIGN THE PETITION  against the “LGBT+ Propaganda” charges [ALL OUT]
  • Are you an artist whose work has been shown in Russia? Have you performed or toured in Russia? SIGN THIS PETITION and join the community of artists whose work has benefited from support of Russian audiences and cultural institutions.
  • Browse the FreeTsvet website, launched in Yulia’s support by activists in Russia, for complete details and solidarity action ideas.
  • Get creative with your own solidarity action.
  • Use the hashtags #заЮлю, #ямыЮлияЦветкова, #свободуюлецветковой, #свободуцветковой on your social media platforms.
Yulia Tsvetkova (Photo courtesy of Yulia Tsvetkova via ILGA-Europe)

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 info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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