South African activists hold kiss-in protest of Russia anti-gay laws
A small group of around a dozen activists converged on the Russian consulate in Cape Town, South Africa, waving placards of Putin in drag, protesting the Russian President’s anti-gay laws.
Led by gay rights activist Matthew Van As, the protestors shouted: "We’re doing this for our brothers and sisters in Russia, who are facing degradation and oppression."
Van As, who is director of Cape Town’s Gay Pride Parade, and a group of like-minded demonstrators puckered up in protest of President Vladimir Putin and urged fellow South Africans to boycott the Sochi Olympics.
Since President Putin signed the controversial bill into law in June, athletes, actors, activists and world leaders have condemned the law for its oppression of the human rights of Russia’s LGBTI people.