Join us Monday, March 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for our webcast!
Sponsored by Equality California and Robin Tyler Productions, Inc.
Hear from prominent Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activist Nikolai Alekseev about the LGBT rights movement in his country and how you can support the movement across borders.
In 2010, Nikolai Alekseev won in the European Court of Human Rights on LGBT human rights violations in Russia. The court ruled that, by banning three Moscow Prides in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Russia breached three articles of the European Convention. The case marked the first ever international defeat of the Russian Government on the issue of LGBT rights.
In an attempt to force Nikolai to withdraw the case, Russian authorities kidnapped him on September 16, 2009, as he was boarding a Swiss Air flight. They stole his cell phone and sent fake text messages to his friends and the press asserting that he was defecting from Russia and withdrawing his case. Two days later, Alekseev was freed and the lies were exposed.
Last year’s kidnapping wasn’t the first time Alekseev had been harassed for standing up for LGBT rights. He and his colleagues of the Russian LGBT Rights Project have faced brutality, violent arrests by riot police, kidnappings and other atrocities. Against great odds and strong opposition throughout their country, they have fearlessly and relentlessly pursued equality for all LGBT Russians.
Join us to hear from Nikolai about his work and the challenges that LGBT Russians face.
The live event will be held at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. An unlimited number of people may watch the event online and join in the Q&A session.
Additional Tour Sponsors:
California Travel Sponsor: Nicole Murray Ramirez, San Diego City Councilman :: The Imperial Court of Canada, United States and Mexico
National Sponsor: Gay Liberation Network, Chicago
Cosponsors: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission :: Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club :: Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition of Northern California :: Christopher Street West :: Commonwealth Club of San Francisco :: Equal Roots :: GetEqual :: Golden Rainbow Center SAGE :: Harvey Milk Foundation :: Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club :: The Imperial Court of USA, Canada and Mexico :: Jewish Community Relations Council, Kol Ami :: Jordan Rustin Coalition :: Latino Equality Alliance :: Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board of WeHo :: Marriage Equality USA :: Rainbow Center in Palm Springs :: San Diego LGBT Center :: San Francisco LGBT Community Center :: UCSF LGBT Center