Target: Western European Financial Union (ZEFS) head Maxim Dolgopolov
Goal: Condemn the removal of a Steve Jobs monument to cater to extremely homophobic Russian laws
A monument to Steve Jobs has been taken down in Russia following the current Apple CEO’s announcement that he’s gay. Despite the fact that the CEO in question is Tim Cook and that Steve Jobs was heterosexual, the monument to Jobs was removed from a St. Petersburg University campus to “protect” children from “information that promotes the denial of traditional family values.” The decision was made by the holding company Western European Financial Union, which claimed in a statement that Tim Cook’s announcement was a public call for “sodomy” and “propaganda of homosexuality.”
Recent homophobic laws in Russia have made life excessively difficult for the country’s LGBTQ+ community. Despite demonstrations and global condemnation, the country’s leaders have continued to demonstrate their hatred for this section of their citizenry by allowing them to be assaulted and arrested for who they are, claiming that this will protect children. This newest attack on LGBTQ+ persons is ridiculous and must not be tolerated, especially considering the fact that many of these individuals look to their college campuses for sanctuary against toxic homophobic attitudes.
By signing this petition, you’ll be condemning the Western European Financial Union for not only complying with unjust and blatantly homophobic laws, but taking them to an extreme by removing a monument to a man who died of cancer years before a different man announced that he is gay and not ashamed of it. We must remain resolute in our stance against homophobia in Russia and our support of the embattled LGBTQ+ community there.
Dear Mr. Dolgopolov,
It’s come to my attention that you removed the monument to former Apple innovator Steve Jobs located at a St. Petersburg University following the current Apple CEO’s announcement that he is gay and proud to be so. You claim to have done this in order to comply with clearly homophobic and discriminatory laws against gay people, despite the fact that the monument in question had nothing to do with Tim Cook.
The fact that you would remove a monument to a man who died of cancer because the current leader of his company came out as gay is immoral and incredibly harmful to the young people who attend the campus. Though you may claim that laws against “homosexual propaganda” only exist to protect young people, the fact is that many young LGBTQ+ people are targeted, abused, assaulted, and even murdered for being who they are, and laws like these encourage this deadly hatred. By complying with these laws, let alone going to such an extreme as to remove a monument to someone who is merely associated with Tim Cook, you are putting lives in danger.
I’m writing to condemn your actions and demand that you reinstate the monument. Taking down the monument will only cause innocent people to suffer while being extremely disrespectful to the man it was dedicated to. Do not be a part of an oppressive system that literally costs people their lives.
[Your Name Here]
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