By Past President Joanie Cameron Pritchett
Right now in Russia, the host of the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics Games, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people are facing untold oppression and brutality. The government has recently established new, draconian laws that violate their basic rights and put them at huge risk of further violence.
Since its founding in 1975, the York University Staff Association has been proud to stand up for the rights and well-being of all equity-seeking peoples, like women, First Nations, persons living with special needs and people of colour. And as far back as 1987, YUSA has stood firm in its support of the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in Canada and around the world, long before other unions even mentioned the issue.
The Confederation of Canadian Unions, of which YUSA is a member, has created an online petition calling on the International Olympic Committee and the government of Russia to work towards guaranteeing the rights and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered peoples.
Or you can go directly to the website and sign the petition here.
Love isn’t a crime. It’s something we need more of in the world today. I’m urging each of you to sign the petition and help raise awareness about this important human rights issue. And please send links of the petition to friends through email and Facebook.
Freedom and justice can’t wait any longer.