At this unique moment in history, when we are seeing such rapid progress in the fight for equality in the West, we cannot be blinded to appalling crimes against humanity elsewhere.
Today in Russia, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people are facing harassment, arrest and violence under a set of horrific new laws. For their sake, we must come together and start an uprising of love.
THE GOAL OF THIS MOVEMENT IS TWOFOLD:
1. To support the LGBTI community in Russia and foster an atmosphere where Russians feel bolstered to be themselves and speak up for this cause.
2. To raise awareness among the international community to continue to build public pressure and vigilance.
“When I first met Bryan Lourd, I thought, Jay Gatsby is alive and well and living in Beverly Hills. He’s a little Mother Teresa, a little Tony Soprano,” announced Matt Bomer, whose husband, Simon Halls, was Lourd’s college roommate. Bomer then called a surprise guest to join him onstage in a duet—Lourd’s 21-year-old daughter, Billie, who wowed a not-easy-to-please crowd with a rendition of Neil Young’s “Old Man.” “Dad, we couldn’t find a song called ‘Middle-Aged Man.’ ” [vogue.com]