“Winter is coming.” - Game of Thrones
Today, September 3, at 4:30 p.m., demonstrators will gather peacefully outside of the Seattle Russian Consular Residence at 3726 East Madison Street in support of Russian LGBT human rights. That’s not in Capitol Hill, per se, but it’s close. The protest is part of “Global Speak Out,” which is taking place in 23 cities across the globe the day before Russia’s G-20 summit.
What’s the goal? That Russia would repeal its new anti-gay laws that forbid public displays of “nontraditional” affection, directed at the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
Shaun Knittel of Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) said that the LGBT struggle for equal rights is a global fight: “We will not stand by and remain silent as we watch our LGBT brothers and sisters get bullied, beaten, jailed, and in some cases killed at the hands of street thugs and violent criminals. The Seattle Russian consul will hear our voices loud and clear that we demand the repeal of the Russian government’s anti-LGBT laws at once. SOSea gladly stands in solidarity with the other leaders of this movement. We are one community, working together.”