Are you an LGBTQI and / HIV activist from anywhere in the world? Would you like to share a few words about your experience of homophobia or HIV-phobia for a few minutes? It would be an honour to have you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. ACT UP! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS!
5th February 2016 – 6.30pm – 8.30pm – The Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) – 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY – nearest tube station is Vauxhall – see map here – wheelchair accessible – donations welcome
For Valentine’s Day 2016 – London’s legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern hosts the launch of ‘Silence = Infection’ – a global campaign to fight the criminalisation of homosexuality which drives increased infection rates and increased stigma.
ACT UP LONDON and a coalition of social justice movements are hosting the launch for Silence = Infection / 40’ and will be joined by musicians, activists, lawyers and politicians from the diaspora LGBT / HIV community living in Britain to inform, inspire and mobilise.
From London to Tobago, ‘Silence = Infection / 40’ confronts the forty remaining Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is still illegal: a legacy of Western influence since imperialism. HIV transmission levels are higher where homosexuality is illegal. The laws result in fear and stigma, and combines with limited medical resources, as well as warfare in many of these countries.
In November 2015, the decriminalisation of homosexuality alongside HIV prevalence was discussed for the first time at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta. In 2017, the United Kingdom will be host to CHOGM and we have a message to send them. Many of these homophobic laws were created by the British Empire, and now, the UK must lead the way in assisting to dismantle this hate!
‘Stop the silence around LGBT equality and the HIV pandemic. Colonialism is not over if the Commonwealth and the United Nations don’t decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and use all their resources to provide HIV / AIDS welfare for all. 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the creation of the UN Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which banned slavery globally. Due to Britain’s colonial policies – the legacy of slavery, inequality and apartheid still exists for those in the LGBT community and those living with and affected by HIV / AIDS.
There is a cultural silence on LGBT human rights which has affected all our health issues. ACT UP LONDON and our allies are launching ‘Silence = Infection / 40’ to challenge the LGBT apartheid across the world and the complacency within our own communities. Join the movement and get involved in the events, delegations and direct actions to put the issue on the political agenda until we have achieved our goal – ‘ legislative change in the form of decriminalising homophobia in the forty countries, ultimately helping to decrease HIV / AIDS infection, and ensure much needed education and access to healthcare for LGBT people.’
ACT UP! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS! UNTIL THERE IS AN HIV / AIDS CURE FOR ALL!