Place: Embassy of Iran, 16 Prince’s Gate, London SW7 1PT
Getting there: The Iranian Embassy is near the Royal Albert Hall, by the junction of Kensington Road and Exhibition Road. Nearest underground stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road.
Everyone urged to attend – show the Iranian government we won’t stand by while they murder LGBTs.
axm magazine has joined forces with Outrage! to spearhead a further protest against the Iranian Government’s persecution, torture and execution of homosexuals. Britain’s gay community is being mobilised by axm magazine and a wider press campaign, as well as through a grass roots campaign across the London gay scene and gay web message boards on the weekend of 30th September – 2nd October.
The aim of the protest is to put pressure on Iran, not least by gaining the widespread press and broadcast media coverage that has so far eluded this ongoing tragedy. To this end, high profile figures and celebrities are being canvassed for support through both statements and their presence at the rally. Already, statements of support are coming in from parties as diverse as Little Britain star Matt Lucas, boy-band Westlife and League Of Gentlemen member Mark Gatis, with the likes of Scott Cappurro and Josh Rafter confirmed to attend on the day.
Axm and uk.gay.com are working hard to build a large attendance at this protest and will hand over a petition signed by over 1,500 axm magazine readers so far. The events in July, when Iran’s clerical regime executed two teenagers, apparently for committing the ‘crime’ of homosexuality, have shocked and mobilised axm readers who are travelling from as far afield as Scotland, Cornwall and Yorkshire to attend the protest on Tuesday.
States axm magazine editor Matthew Miles:
‘The shocking images of the executed Iranian teenagers have galvanised our print and online readers, with well over 1,500 people signing our petition in a ten day period. As LGBT people in the West finally gain most of the rights we deserve, it seems we are proving that there is such a thing as a global gay community by focusing on the struggle for equality in more hostile parts of the world. Protest is only a step but, as organisations such as Amnesty International and Outrage! have proved, it can and does bring change and that's why, along with Outrage!, axm magazine will be protesting against the Iranian Government from 1pm on Tuesday 4th October.'
Sign the petition against Iran online, or by post.
Axm Magazine Protest Against Iran – Petition Handover
Date: 4th October
OutRage! News Service