#SilenceDay2020 will be held online.

The new format will make it possible to join it from anywhere in Russia and the world. In addition, the constant slogan of the action “We are silent to be heard” will be equally relevant for the online mode. “The Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT for Equality” publishes a memo for those who want to join the action #Day of Silence2020:

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

  1. You can sew a protective bandage in the colors of LGBT flags (rainbow flag, bi- or pan-flag, trans- or queer flag, etc.) or paint the finished protective mask. The mask illustrates well that homophobia is also a kind of virus, people suffer and die from it. If you don’t have time to “bother” with a mask, you can use traditional color adhesive tape by sticking a mouth over it.
  2. Think about what you want to say, which topic to cover. Draw a poster or several posters.
  3. Take a photo and / or record a short video. You can write an accompanying text or a support post.
  4. Post it on social networks, indicating the hashtags:

#ДеньМолчания2020 #DayOfSilence2020

  1. Tell your friends and girlfriends about the promotion. They may also want to support LGBT people. Repost is welcome.

Last year, the rally in honor of the Day of Silence in St. Petersburg ended in mass detentions of its participants. Then there were 11 LGBT activists in the prison. The journalist Plyus PLUS witnessed the incident and prepared a video report on what happened in the center of the Northern capital.

LGBT action ‘Day of Silence’ in St. Petersburg in 100 seconds (04.17.2019)

Information: The “Day of Silence” campaign is dedicated to the suppression of discrimination, physical and moral violence, hate crimes and negative attitudes based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The first “Day of Silence” was held in 1996; Maria Pulzetti, a student at the University of Virginia, became its organizer. The following year, initiative groups transferred the task to the national level and almost 100 US colleges and universities joined the action. Since 2000, the American nationwide LGBT organization GLSEN has become the official organizational sponsor of the event. In 2006, according to some estimates, more than 450,000 students and almost 4,000 colleges and universities took part in the action in the United States. Starting this year, Day of Silence is held in Europe, Poland became the first country to accept it.

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March 21.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is held annually on March 21 by decision of the 21st session of the UN General Assembly of October 26, 1966.

On that day in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people during a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the laws of the apartheid regime on the mandatory certification of Africans in South Africa.

Proclaiming this Day in 1966, the UN General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. Thus confirming that racial discrimination can be considered a denial of human rights, fundamental freedoms and justice, and it is a crime against human dignity.

The UN also recognizes that discrimination is a serious obstacle to economic and social development, as well as to international cooperation and peace.

Racial discrimination is strongly condemned by the United Nations, and any policy associated with it is not only unacceptable, but incompatible with the obligations undertaken by the member states of the organization under the UN Charter.

However, adversity such as racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, which are often directed against migrants and refugees, as well as people of African descent, are being revived in many regions of the world.

The UN again and again calls on all states to comply with the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and take effective measures, including legislative ones, to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, and promote the ideas of tolerance, inclusiveness, unity and respect.

Among the programs that can help combat racial discrimination, the UN considers, in particular, assistance in providing equal opportunities for general education and vocational training, as well as guarantees regarding the enjoyment of basic human rights (without discrimination based on race, color or ethnic origin), such as the right to vote, the right to equal access to social services.
Other holidays in the UN Holidays section.

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December 3.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In 1992, at the end of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons (1983-1992), the UN General Assembly, by its resolution No. 47/3, proclaimed December 3 as International Day of Disabled Persons, with the aim of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in all areas of public life, and also attracting the attention of the general public to the problems of persons with disabilities.

This decade was a period of raising awareness and taking measures to improve the situation of persons with disabilities and ensure equal opportunities for them. Later, the UN General Assembly called on UN member states to annually celebrate the Day, with a view to further integrating persons with disabilities into society.

In December 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is a human rights instrument with a focus on social development – it is both a human rights treaty and a development tool. The Convention entered into force on May 3, 2008, and its principles are: respect for the inherent dignity and personal independence; non-discrimination; full and effective involvement and inclusion in society; respect for the characteristics of persons with disabilities and their adoption as a component of human diversity and part of humanity; equality of opportunity; availability; gender equality; respect for the developing abilities of children with disabilities and respect for the right of children with disabilities to preserve their individuality.

In the world more than 1 billion people have some form of disability (and this is one in seven), more than 100 million people with disabilities are children. And all of them face physical, socio-economic and behavioral barriers that exclude them from full-scale, effective and equal participation in society. According to the UN, they make up a disproportionate share of the poorest part of the world’s population, and they do not have equal access to basic resources such as education, employment, health care and the system of social and legal support.

Therefore, the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 is aimed at attracting attention to the problems of people with disabilities, protecting their dignity, rights and well-being, attracting the attention of society to the benefits it receives from the participation of people with disabilities in political, social, economic and cultural life.

The goals for which this day was proclaimed are the full and equal observance of human rights and the participation of persons with disabilities in society. These goals were set in the World Program of Action regarding Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.

Each year, the events held as part of this Day are dedicated to a specific topic. So, in different years, the motto of the Day was the words: “Art, culture and an independent lifestyle”, “Accessibility for all in the new millennium”, “Full participation and equality: the demand for new approaches to measure progress and evaluate results”, “Independent life and sustainable earnings ”,“ Nothing About Us Without Us ”,“ Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Activities in Development ”,“ Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities ”,“ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and Justice for All of Us ”,“ Remove Barriers, Open Doors: for a society open to all “,” Change aimed at creating sustainable communities for all ”,“ Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality ”, etc.

Pope Francis says today’s ‘culture of hate’ reminds him of the days of Hitler.

Rome (CNN) – Pope Francis said some of the things he’s heard targeting Jews and the LGBTQ community remind him of the days of Adolf Hitler.

The pope made the remarks Friday while speaking to members of the International Association of Penal Law, which is meeting this week in Rome.
“I confess that when I hear some speeches by someone responsible for public order or a government, I am reminded of Hitler’s speeches in 1934 and 1936,” the pope said. “They are typical actions of Nazism which with its persecutions of Jews, gypsies, people of homosexual orientation, represent a negative model ‘par excellence’ of a throwaway culture and a culture of hate.”
“That’s what they did then and today these things are resurfacing,” the pope added, calling on his audience “to be vigilant, both in civil and religious society, to avoid any possible compromise…with such degeneration.”

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Penguin-gay couple steals egg in Amersfoort Zoo.

VIDEO. A remarkable incident in the stay of the black-footed penguins in Amersfoort Zoo: a penguin-gay couple breeds on an egg that they have stolen from a heterocouple at an unguarded moment.

“The gay couple take good care of the egg, the males both breed alternately,” says animal caretaker Marc Belt.

The penguin couple that produced the egg earlier has laid a new egg in the meantime and is also busy hatching in a nest further on.

Penguin chick.
In DierenPark Amersfoort the first penguin chick has already been spotted by the caretakers and so more chicks are expected soon. “Among those new chicks, we naturally hope to welcome one from the gay couple, we are waiting,” said the animal caretaker of DierenPark Amersfoort.

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