The Second Brighton Beach Pride – “Out and Proud” to take place at Brighton Beach Boardwalk on May 20, 2018
Brighton Beach Pride Calls for an End to Anti-LGBT Discrimination in the Russian-Speaking Community and Demands Equal Rights for All
Brooklyn, N.Y. – For decades, Brighton Beach has welcomed immigrants leaving the repression of the Soviet Union and subsequent post-Soviet countries. Brighton Beach has become a center for individuals looking to maintain a connection to Russian language and culture. Unfortunately, Brighton Beach remains homophobic, transphobic, and xenophobic. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) individuals face discrimination in housing, workplaces, medical facilities etc. Many RUSA LGBT members encounter physical and verbal abuse.
Concerns with immigration status, especially under the current Administration, compound problems for this already vulnerable community. Many LGBT people from Russian-speaking nations immigrate to or seek asylum in the United States to escape persecution, and anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric threaten their safety.
Brighton Beach Pride Goals:
- To break through the silence in the Russian-speaking community. “We are queer and we are here!” is a relevant slogan for us today, here in the Russian-speaking community.
- To march in celebration of diversity and to demand equal rights for all people regardless of their sexuality, gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion, or immigration status.
- To march against genocide and persecution of our LGBTIQ friends in the Republic of Chechnya in Russia, as well as the post-Soviet countries of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Azerbaijan.
- To march in solidarity with all immigrants facing challenges and threats coming from the current Administration.
- To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of RUSA LGBT.
We would like to invite you to join our March and Rally and support our effort in creating an environment free of bigotry, hatred, and hostility towards LGBTIQ as well as immigrants, ethnic groups, and other communities.
Information for Participants:
Meeting place: Polar Bear Club Walk, Riegelmann Boardwalk (Brighton Beach Boardwalk), Brooklyn, NY 11235, United States
Subway Station: Q line, Coney Island.
Step off time: 12:30 pm sharp
We are marching along the Brighton Beach Boardwalk from Polar Bear Club Walk to Brighton 15th St., where we will hold the Rally.
Rally starts at 1:30 pm at Brighton Beach Boardwalk / Brighton 15th St. We should finish by 3.00 pm.Link on the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/142228736472236/