Inderdaad steekt Russische jongerenorganisatie hart onder de riem.

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Inderdaad steekt Russische jongerenorganisatie hart onder de riem.

De Russische overheid dreigt ermee de laatste online hulpgroep voor LGBT-jongeren in Rusland, Children-404, te sluiten wegens inbreuk op de ‘anti-gay propaganda’ wetten die al een tijdje van kracht zijn in het land. De pagina plaatst persoonlijke verhalen online die worden ingestuurd door jongeren via e-mail. LGBT-jongeren in Rusland leven in isolement, omdat ze geen steun vinden bij familie of vrienden.

Initiatiefneemster Lena Klimova blijft strijdvaardig: “Zo snel gaan ze een Facebook-groep niet stoppen.” Ze werd eerder al beboet voor het informeren over niet-traditionele gezinsvormen.

Uitspraak volgt op 6 april, en als teken van steun voor onze Russische collega’s zal onze pagina voor 1 dag het logo van Children-404 dragen. Wij stuurden hun ook een steunbericht namens Inderdaad.

Dear friends of Children-404,

We are ‘Inderdaad’, a local LGBT Youth Group from the North-East part of Belgium. We send you this message because we heard about the terrible news that Russian authorities try to shut down Children-404, Russia’s only support group for LGBT youth. We were very shocked to hear this news, and wanted to send you this little note of support from our local community. Because in Belgium we have a very supportive government and a law that protects LGBT’s, the contrast with the situation in Russia is massive. We can imagine it must be difficult for many young LGBT’s to grow up in an unsupportive environment.

Therefore, we think the work of Children-404 is very important and must continue to exist. It gives many young people the opportunity to find others that are in the same situation, it makes them realize that they are not alone and gives them hope for a better future. We want to congratulate you with your strong courage to make this happen, to continue, and we hope you will keep fighting against injustice. From this local village in Belgium, unfortunately there is not much we can do, however we will try to bring this problem under the attention of as many people as we can, starting from our local members up to hopefully our government will take a stand against these anti-gay laws and its devastating consequences in Russia.

We will closely follow up on the activities in Russia and always remember: we support you, and together we are dreaming for a better and brighter future one day.

Любовь из Бельгии (Love from Belgium)

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