While this has not been written or organised by Hidden Perspectives, it is something we back and proudly endorse. Please read below for more info on ‘Dispatches’ programme, the Winter Olymipcs and the ‘LGBT Sheffield Demonstration’.
By now most of you will know about the situation in Russia where a ban on ‘homosexual propaganda’ has led to attacks on members of the LGBT community, and where this year’s Winter Olympics are about to start in Sochi this Friday. This Wednesday 5th February sees a Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ documentary focusing on the issue:
Dispatches – Wednesday 5 February 2014, Channel Four, 10pm
“On the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia is officially welcoming gay athletes and spectators. But in a country where it’s thought only 1% of gay people dare to live completely openly, it appears to be a hollow gesture.
This extraordinary Dispatches documentary has gained unique access to the vigilante gangs that target gay men and women. The film depicts a country troubled by disturbing violence and distressing intimidation.
Six months after the Russian parliament unanimously passed a law to protect children from ‘non-traditional’ relationships, this film explores the terror that gay people in Russia are calling ‘hunting season’.
LGBT Sheffield is holding a demonstration against the staging of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia at 5:30 pm on Friday February 7 in Barkers Pool to coincide with the opening ceremony.
A spokesperson for LGBT Sheffield said, ‘We are holding the demonstration to protest against the Olympics being held in a country where LGBT people are subjected to persecution and government led hatred and oppression. We believe the Olympic ideals of “a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles” are incompatible with a country where the human right to freely form relationships and live according to one’s sexual orientation and gender identity is denied.’
We will also be keeping Sochi in our discussions as we watch Stephen Fry’s ‘Out There’ this Wednesday (5th) and next Monday (10th) – hope you can make it (see http://goo.gl/V0fKS8 for more information).