PHOTOS: Protesting Russia's Antigay Law in Tutus and Toe Shoes
BY Advocate.com Editors
January 29 2014 3:31 PM ET
Four ballet dancers joined Amnesty International U.K. activists for a graceful protest of Russia's "gay propaganda" law today near the Russian Embassy in London. Undeterred by rain, the dancers performed a scene from the ballet Swan Lake, which has music by the great (and gay) Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The group then presented the embassy with a petition signed by 15,000 people calling on President Vladimir Putin to "end his assault on freedom of expression and gay rights in Russia." Tomorrow in Moscow, Amnesty U.K. director Kate Allen will join other Amnesty directors to deliver a global petition of 330,000 signatures. The London protest was timed to focus attention on the nation's human rights record in the run-up to the Winter Olympics, beginning next week in Sochi, Russia.
Even the dog appears to be making a comment.
Click through for more photos >>>
- The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers
- The 'Ex-Gay' Candidate for Missouri Governor
- #TBT: They Died in the Closet
- Brokeback Mountain: The 10th Anniversary of a Gay Classic
- 10 Things People Living With HIV Are Sick of Hearing
- Even the Rehearsal Footage From Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour Is Spellbinding