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Protest LGBTI rights abuses at Pride this summer

Posted in: Activism Guide, Canada
    Friday, May 3, 2019 - 15:01

    All around the world, Pride marches and events are held to celebrate hard won rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and to continue demanding equality. But in many parts of the world, Prides are not allowed to take place or face backlash, repression and violence. And many of the activists working to ensure LGBTI rights are protected, respected, and upheld face harassment, criminalization, and violence.

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the uprising that saw the mobilization of LGBTI people against police harassment and brutality in New York City. The Stonewall riots are now celebrated worldwide as a cornerstone of the liberation movements for LGBTI communities, and led to the founding of the first Pride marches in the United States.

    Join Amnesty International this summer as we participate in Pride festivals in Canada and around the world alongside LGBTI partner organizations to take action in support of LGBTI rights and demonstrate solidarity with LGBTI human rights defenders.

    Our action is needed more than ever with the rise of populist movements in many countries which has led to scapegoating of LGBTI communities and put LGBTI human rights defenders at increased risk.

    Pride festivals are held in communities large and small across Canada from May through September, and Pride season unofficially starts on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

    Sign-up to take action this Pride season!

    Whether you're organizing or attending an event or just want to take part from the comfort of your own home, sign-up with us to receive the latest resources.

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      Take action in support of equality!

      1. Justice for murdered Brazilian LGBTI human rights defender Marielle Franco E-ACTION | PETITION
      2. Justice for murdered Greek LGBTI human rights defender Zak Kostopoulos LETTER-WRITING ACTION | PETITION
      3. Amnesty International Canada Statement on Policing and Pride
      4. How to get involved in Pride (and be a stellar ally)
      5. Order resources (including t-shirts and stickers)

      Advocating for LGBTI rights is dangerous in many parts of the world, and Amnesty International works closely with human rights defenders to make sure that our advocacy does not harm. For this reason, we often have to open and close actions with little notice. Please check this page regularly throughout Pride season for access to all the latest actions.

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