Friday, 4 October 2013

All Out: 34 cities, one voice [Speak Out for Russia]

Mind-blowing. In the last 24 hours, thousands of people in more than 34 cities rushed to the streets for the Global Speak Out for Russia. From Budapest to Vancouver via Mexico City and Reykjavik, it may just have been the world's biggest ever gathering for love and equality. Check it out!

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 to help build the buzz and keep the message of the Global Speak Out in front of world leaders during this critical week.
Already, because of our global pressure, key world leaders are taking action. British Prime Minister Cameron just agreed to raise the anti-gay laws with President Putin, and US President Obama will meet – for the first time – with LGBT activists in Russia this week.
Leaders from around the world are arriving in Russia for an important two-day meeting. They could  be hearing reports of the Global Speak Out right now, all because we took to the streets by the thousands yesterday, in Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, Sweden, UK, USA and many more.
We want to make sure Russia's own anti-gay laws and attacks on human rights are brought up at that meeting, to increase pressure on Putin.
That means we urgently need to spread the word about the Global Speak Out far and wide, so the story doesn't fade away. Can you help make sure world leaders hear, see and FEEL our message for Russia in every media source, and across all our social networks?
If you don't use Facebook, you could send this email onto family or friends who do to help spread the word.
All Out has only been around for about two years, but together we already number 1.8 million people. Together we're working for a world where no one has to sacrifice their family, freedom, safety or dignity because of who they are or who they love.
Today we showed that wherever the freedom to love is threatened, we'll be ready to speak out – and show up in our thousands. Let's make sure we're heard for as loud and as long as possible.Click here to share this image now.

Thank you for going All Out,
Andre, Guillaume, Hayley, Jeremy, Leandro, Marie, Mike, Sara, Sabelo, Simón, Tile, Joe and the rest of the All Out team.

PS: The 34 events were AMAZING. Check out the photos in our online gallery here – we're adding more as they come in!

Foreign Office confirms David Cameron will raise Russian anti-gay laws with Putin at G20 - PinkNews, 3 September 2013
Obama invites Russian rights activists to meeting alongside G20 summit - Reuters, 3 September 2013
Gay rights activists protest Russia law - Agence France-Presse, 3 September 2013

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