Target: Luke Montgomery, founder of FCKH8.com
Goal: Thank company for promoting tolerance by sending gay pride coloring books to children in Russia.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activist clothing company FCKH8 is launching a campaign to send 10,000 pro-gay coloring books to the children of Russia for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
This comes after the recent instatement of Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda Laws. These Russian laws make it illegal to speak about homosexuality, especially in front of children. Since the approval of this measure, there have been several other anti-gay law proposals in Russia. These laws are a severe infringement on human rights, and are unfair and discriminatory.
The message that Luke Montgomery, founder of FCKH8.com, would like to convey to the children of Russia is that there is nothing wrong with being gay. He said, “The message of this coloring book is to let kids in Russia know that being gay is normal. Beating and imprisoning people just for being out of the closet, or arresting them for simply saying that it’s OK if someone in their family is gay is an attack on human rights and a trashing of the Olympic spirit.”
Luke became inspired after hearing that many of his pro-gay articles of clothing were being taken away from Russian consumers by Russian officials. This is his way of showing that such restriction is unfair and that people have the right to believe what they think is right. Although Luke is aware he will be breaking the Russian Anti-Gay Laws, he believes that it is the right thing to do.
Please sign the petition below to support Luke Montgomery in his efforts to stand up to unfair anti-gay laws.
Dear Luke Montgomery,
Your recent campaign to send 10,000 pro-gay coloring books to the children of Russia for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Game is a bold move, but it is certainly a commendable one. Your actions directly violate the Anti-Gay propaganda laws in Russia, but in certain cases of injustice like these, it is sometimes okay to break the law.
The Anti-Gay Propoganda laws in Russia are discriminatory and unjust. They censure a normal part of life, infringing on the human rights of the Russian citizens while being highly discriminatory. There are certain aspects of life that the government should not be involved in, and what people choose to do in their private life and choose to speak about in public are among them.
Thank you again for your bold actions. I hope your campaign portrays the message you are trying to accomplish.
[Your Name Here]
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