Hundreds of gay couples all over the world have uploaded photos of themselves kissing and then tagged themselves as being at the Kremlin in Moscow.
The Brazilian social justice project [SSEX BBOX] – an abbreviation of ‘Sexuality Outside The Box’ – started the movement on Instagram under the hashtag #kiss4lgbtqrights.
“To offer multiple perspectives on sexuality and gender.”
They were called to action by the gay purge in Chechnya, which has seen more than 100 men detained, tortured and killed.
[SSEX BBOX] started the campaign because it wanted to create the biggest kiss in the world….
“In Brazil, despite the enormous violence against the LGBTQIA population, we can fight for our rights.
“But our community in Russia can not and therefore needs our help.”
Although Brazil legalised same-sex marriage in 2013 and hosts the world’s largest Pride celebration, LGBTQ attacks are sadly common.
A survey earlier this year found that one LGBT person was killed every 25 hours in Brazil throughout 2016.
“In Russia, LGBTQIAs are being shut up by the Putin government. TThe LGBTQIA Parade has been banned by law for 100 years! And freedom of expression is increasingly restricted.
Therefore, we will make the biggest digital kiss in the world at the place where public protests of LGBTQIA get people throw in jail: the Moscow Kremlin.”
(Photos, Instagram; via Pink News)