#HomoPromo competition invites creatives to keep the message going out to Russia on LGBT rights

Creatives are being invited to design #HomoPromo posters in protest at Russia’s controversial laws and plummeting reputation on LGBT rights.

A Tumblr competition from Albion in support of Stonewall is requesting entries which will be exhibited and auctioned off at an event in London in March. All proceeds will support Stonewall’s work in fighting for LGBT equality internationally.

An Albion spokesperson said: “As the Winter Olympics draw to a close in Sochi there is a significant risk that the media will lose sight of the widespread abuse of the basic human rights for the LGBT community in Russia. We wanted to create a campaign that protests Putin’s Article 6.21, the anti “gay propaganda” law, by inviting the whole world to create posters to express much needed solidarity with the LGBT community.“More importantly, it's our responsibility to continue to shine a crucial spotlight on a deeply disturbing situation to help support those fighting against it.” Richard Lane, a spokesperson for Stonewall, added: “It’s vital that the world’s attention remains on human rights violations even after the Sochi Games are finished. We’re working closely with Russian activists to help them fight for their fundamental human rights and to continue raising awareness. Thank you for supporting this work and for being committed for the long haul.” Designs can be submitted on the Tumblr page, by email or by tweeting using the #HomoPromo hashtag.The competition follows a recent challenge from The Drum and One Minute Briefs to come up with alternative messages sponsors of the Sochi Winter Olympics could have conveyed in support of LGBT rights.

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