For Immediate Release – June 28th 2016
Trafalgar Square hosts a celebration of the Stonewall Riots to remember Orlando
To celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, considered the birth of the modern LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) equality movement, Trafalgar Square is host to an official commemoration ‘ACT UP FOR LOVE’ at 6pm on Tuesday 28th June 2016.
Hosted by ‘African Rainbow Family’ (1) and ‘ACT UP LONDON’ (2) and organised by a coalition of LGBTQI and HIV+ equality groups – speakers and artists will present a key range of topics that, in the light of the recent Orlando Attacks (3), the general public can work towards.
“Memorialisation without action is part of the problem’ is a mantra I wholeheartedly believe in. So when the Orlando vigils are over to remember our murdered LGBTQI what do we as a community want to tangibly happen? What changes in society do we need for our LGBTQI community to truly all flourish?” dan glass, ACT UP LONDON activist
Speakers will be demanding (a) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) free for all (4) (b) Protect LGBTQI asylum seekers (5) and in advance of the 50 years of the UK decriminalising homosexuality in 2017 that (c) the UK Government reverse policies that criminalise homosexuality all over the world (6).
‘ACT UP FOR LOVE 2016’ has grown into the the annual celebration of LGBTQI and HIV+ culture will highlight the need for structural improvements in the light of the Orlando attacks; That LGBTQI cultural venues protected and new ones are built ; an LGBTQI museum is built; LGBTQI social housing is implemented for all – elder and younger; LGBTQI advertising standards implemented; LGBTQI education programmes as mandatory in schools; LGBTQI mental health / domestic violence / hate crime / gender-based violence support services installed at their necessary and maximum capacity; LGBTQI health services installed at their necessary capacity ie. For HIV / PREP and LGBTQI migrants welcomed, housed and loved (and detention centres shut down). ‘ACT UP FOR LOVE 2016’ promotes Prossi as it’s PRIDE heroine. Prossi is a Ugandan lesbian activist deported by the British Government – #BringBackProssiN
Aderonke Apata, a Nigerian human rights activist, LGBT equality advocate and end HIV/AIDS epidemic campaigner says:
“It’s against any fundamental human rights to be criminalised for love. The control, power and authority of our greedy, hypocritical and cynical political and religious leaders need to be challenged in the interest of equality, prosperity and justice. Our leaders have whipped up toxic homophobia against LGBT people for such a long time from past and present. Therefore I call on all political and religious leaders – Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches, including The Church of England and their brothers to repentance for the Churches’ injustices towards LGBT people. They should apologise apologise to gay people for the way they have and still treating us.
We need to appreciate it is high time that all legal barriers to equality and human rights for all be abolished in order for LGBTIQ people living in countries that criminalise them begin to access testing, detection and treatments for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Commonwealth needs to reconsider its stance and repeal all anti-gay laws. We can nonetheless, make AIDS a non-life-threatening disease and even non-existence in our communities with the availability of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a preventative measure in the transmitting/spreading AIDS. The case for PrEP is NOW. We demand the NHS make PrEP available NOW!” Aderonke continues.
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Twitter – @ACTUP_LDN
Notes to Editors
- African Rainbow Family – Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTIQ) People of African Heritage http://africanrainbowfamily.org/. Please support the African Rainbow Family campaign at Repeal Nigeria Anti Gay Law(www.africanrainbowfamily.org)
- ACT UP London is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic, along with the broader inequalities and injustices that perpetuate it. (www.actuplondon.wordpress.com).
On June 12, 2016, a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States.
Pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a HIV prevention intervention – it can prevent transmission of HIV if taken by those who are HIV negative and at risk of contracting the virus. If taken correctly it is almost 100% effective in preventing HIV, evidence for its effectiveness has been available for over 5 years. NHS England (NHSE) claims it is not responsible for the commissioning of PrEP, despite it already commissioning post exposure prophylaxis (drugs which can prevent transmission of the virus if taken soon enough after exposure).
Yarlswood detention centre holds 400 women; women who have committed no crime. Denied their rights, their freedom removed, we demand: FREE THEM NOW! ACT UP FOR LOVE supports ‘Shut Down Yarlswood’ in protest against these women’s illegal detention, their neglected health rights, and the xenophobic, HIVphobic culture which Yarlswood Detention Centre is perpetuating.
- The Sexual Offences Act 1967 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom (citation 1967 c. 60). It decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men, both of whom had to have attained the age of 21.