Scroll To Top
Women

What Do Glenn Close, American Lesbians, and Trans Women in the Philippines Have in Common?

What Do Glenn Close, American Lesbians, and Trans Women in the Philippines Have in Common?

161682925x400

People in over 200 countries celebrated One Billion Rising last week, including actresses Glenn Close and Thandie Newton, with flash mob dances and live protests.

One in three women, or 1 billion worldwide, will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes, according to United Nations data, which is why Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler and her cadre of V-Day activists built a worldwide protest that happened last week called One Billion Rising. Women and men from around globe celebrated the 15th anniversary of V-Day by walking out of work and home, dancing in the streets in flash mobs, carrying protest signs, and otherwise acting up to denounce violence against women. Some protests were led by transgender women (like those in the Philippines) and by lesbian and bisexual women (in California, New York, and Oregon, among others). Women even practiced for the dance flash mobs on Oliva Travel's lesbian cruises to the Caribbean in recent weeks. Here are just a few of the shots we loved, including a celebrity who celebrated the day alongside her lesser-known peers.

161682925x633

Members and supporters of various sexual minority groups enjoy a moment during a protest meeting against all forms of physical and mental violence against women and girls all over the world, in Kolkata, India, on February 14. Indians were at the forefront of global protests on One Billion Rising day, galvanized by the recent fatal gang rape that shocked the country.

161674033x633
Actress Thandie Newton, Ruby Wax, Kathy Lette, and Jahmene Douglas celebrate at the Houses of Parliament in London.

161680780x633
Indian schoolchildren hold placards and shout slogans in Hyderabad for One Billion Rising.

161734319x633
Professional wrestler Eve Torres, actress Jane Fonda, actress Christine Lahti, actress Sufe Bradshaw, actress KaDee Strickland, and Zumba celebrity instructor Gina Grant attend One Billion Rising in Los Angeles.

161700317x633
People show pictures of the hundreds of missing women in their country, during Mexico's One Billion Rising flash mob at the Republic Square in front of the Monument to the Mexican Revolution, in Mexico City.

161728522x633
People dance against violence for One Billion in Warsaw.

161720854x633
Actress Glenn Close attends V-Day and One Billion Rising's RISE NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Advocate Magazine - KehlaniAdvocate Magazine - Gus Kenworthy

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Latest Stories