The National Center for Lesbian Rights launched a petition Thursday (September 5) calling on the corporations to take action as part of the “Stop LGBT Hate in Russia” campaign. In recent months, Russian authorities have enacted extreme anti-gay laws forbidding positive discussion of LGBTs, among other policies.
The petition urges companies that do business in Russia and have non-discrimination policies to call on the Russian government to repeal the laws, which have sparked violent anti-LGBT attacks.
“Russia’s appalling treatment of LGBT people has taken a shocking turn with the passage of these horrific laws,” NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell said in a statement. “In the wake of these laws, discrimination and violence against the LGBT community in Russia are utterly unchecked. We cannot sit on our hands and do nothing. If we are to ever live in a world where the security and safety of our LGBT brothers and sisters are ensured no matter where they live, we must fight back in every way we can.”
Almost 4,000 people had signed the petition as of Thursday afternoon.
Apple and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.