Birmingham’s LGBT community are set to rally against the homophobia being suffered in Chechnya this weekend.
The world’s media have been reporting that gay men are being detained and killed in the Chechnya as officials try to gain the names of other LGBT people in the region. Other reports say that a ‘concentration camp’ has been established in the Chechen town of Argun.
A Birmingham LGBT spokesperson said: “We are devastated and appalled by this news. Birmingham proudly celebrates its strong and diverse LGBTQ+ community and we will stand in solidarity with nationwide demonstrations across the UK and the world to send a loud and resounding message that we will not sit by and tolerate the persecution of LGBTQ+ people.
“We are calling on all LGBTQ+ people and our allies to demonstrate against this and show our solidarity with those under siege across Russia.”
The march, which takes place at 3pm on Saturday 22 April, will meet from 2:30pm at the Birmingham LGBT Centre on Holloway Circus. At 3pm, the march will make it’s way to Victoria Square, where at 3:30pm, a number of speakers will spread their messages of support for Chechnya’s LGBT community.
People joining the march are encouraged to bring banners and flags to help challenge the oppression and help show solidarity with those suffering,
On Friday 21 April, Birmingham LGBT are hosting a free banner and placard making workshop for anyone who wishes to attend.
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