Feb 102012

Londoners are being asked to spend this weekend kissing to help the fight for lesbian, gay and bisexual rights.

The British capital, which will host World Pride this year, want to particularly shine the light on the 41 other countries in the Commonwealth, headed by Queen Elizabeth II, where gay sex is still criminalized.

They are asking for couples to snog outside Commonwealth high commissions and embassies around London and to join a kissing flashmob at 2pm (local time) on Sunday (12 February).

They hope this will send a Valentine’s Day message for 14 February to the Queen and Commonwealth leaders.

Pride London bosses said: ‘This Valentine’s Day people across the UK will enjoy the right to show their love for their partner whatever their sexual orientation – LGBT and beyond.

‘But there are 41 countries which are members of the Commonwealth, headed by Queen, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by jail sentences ranging up to life imprisonment. In the case of the northern regions of Nigeria and parts of Pakistan, homosexuality is punishable by death.’

Details of the flashmob in central London will be released closer to the time and organisers want people to sign-up for the event on their Facebook page so they get a notification about where to go.

They also want photos of kissing sessions outside the high commissions and embassies to use in their campaign. You can email those to Pride London here.

Gay Star News is official news website of World Pride 2012.

The embassies they want to target are listed here:

Antigua and Barbuda – 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
Bangladesh – 28 Queen’s Gate, SW7 5JA
Barbados – 1 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3ND
Belize – Third Floor, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
Botswana – 6 Stratford Place, W1C 1AY
Brunei –19/20 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PG
Cameroon – 84 Holland Park, W11 3SB
Dominica – 1 Collingham Gardens, SW5 0HW
Gambia – 57 Kensington Court, W8 5DG
Ghana – 104 Highgate Hill, N6 5HE
Grenada – 5 Chandos Street, W1G 9DG
Guyana – 3 Palace Court, W2 4LP
Jamaica – 1-2 Prince Consort Rd, SW7 2BZ
Kenya – 45 Portland Place, W1B 1AS
Kiribati – The Great House Llanddewi Rhydderich, Monmouthshire NP7 9U
Lesotho – 7 Chesham Place, SW1X 8HN
Malawi – 33 Grosvenor Street W1K 4DE
Malaysia – 36 John Street, WC1N 2AT
Maldives – 22 Nottingham Place, W1U 5NJ
Mauritius – 32-33 Elvaston Place, SW7 5NW.
Namibia – 6 Chandos Street, W1G 9LU
Nauru – 6 Chandos Street, W1G 9LU
Nigeria – Nigeria House, 9 Northumberland Ave, WC2N 5BX
Pakistan – 34-36 Loundes Square, SW1X 9JN
Papua New Guinea – 14 Waterloo Place
Samoa – 23 Markham Street, SW33NP
Seychelles – 111 Baker Street, W1U 6SG
Sierra Leone – 41 Eagle Street, WC1R 4AT
Singapore – 9 Wilton Crescent, SW1X 8SP
Sri Lanka – 13 Hyde Park Gardens, W2 2LU
St Kitts and Nevis – 60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7
St Lucia – 1 Collingham Gardens, SW5 0HW
St Vincent and the Grenadines – 10 Kensington Court, W8 5DC
Swaziland – 20 Buckingham Gate
Tanzania – 3 Stratford Place, W1C 1AS
Tonga – 36 Molyneux Street W1H 5BQ
Trinidad and Tobago – 42 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8NT
Uganda – 58 -59 Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DX
Zambia – 2 Palace Gate W8 5NG


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