"Russia's appalling treatment of LGBT people has taken a shocking turn with the passage of these horrific laws. In the wake of these laws, discrimination and violence against the LGBT community in Russia are utterly unchecked. We cannot sit on our hands and do nothing. If we are to ever live in a world where the security and safety of our LGBT brothers and sisters are ensured no matter where they live, we must fight back in every way we can."
Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), as quoted in a Sept. 5 release announcing the launch of the “Stop LGBT Hate in Russia” campaign. The campaign calls on high-profile companies doing business in Russia to urge for the repeal of anti-gay laws, such as the ban on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to minors. The campaign includes a petition that will be delivered to the CEOs of such companies, ranging from Apple to Xerox. (NCLR)