Monday, 10 February 2014

Monday Mural: To Russia with love #SSHHI #TRWL

Not actually a mural as such, but I like these posters from the current series of events in Manchester which support Russia's LGBT community.  I played around with the President Putin poster to create my own mural- feel free to share! Taking part in Monday Mural.

The events, which run during the Sochi Winter Olympics started with Friday's demonstration in Manchester, where thousands gathered as the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony started. See the report and great photography from Friday night's demo here and here.

Pride House Manchester hosts a series of events from 7 – 23 February to stand against the Russia’s anti-gay legislations and show solidarity with LGBT athletes across the world.

As part of the global Pride House International initiative, Manchester’s ‘festival hub’ is Taurus bar and restaurant, located on Canal Street in the heart of Manchester’s gay village. The village venue helped to host the Pride House Manchester Opening on Friday (7 February) featuring a Same Sex Hand Holding Initiative (SSHHI), where the organisation and its supporters circled the gay village hand-in-hand to send an extremely poignant message to those in Sochi.

A range of other Manchester-based venues will also help play host to the diverse events programme for the sixteen day extravaganza. This includes ‘To Russia With Love’ (#TRWL), a series of political plays taking place at the Contact Theatre as well as ‘A Question of (LGBT) Sport’, Russian tea parties, and the ‘Pride House Manchester Big Debate’.

Lou Englefield, Director of Pride House Manchester said: "Following the ban on a Pride House in Sochi, Manchester has joined a global movement of 'remote' Pride Houses through which LGBT participation in sport can be recognised. LGBT people are athletes, coaches, administrators and fans. We want to celebrate our participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games whilst showing solidarity with Russia's LGBT community."

Jackie Crozier, Project Manager of Pride House Manchester said: “This is a pivotal time for LGBT rights – as daily examples of progression and acceptance are being met with instances of disgusting hate crimes, fear and homophobia across the globe. Manchester has never been one to shy away from speaking out to support its LGBT communities, and in fact all minorities, and therefore it comes as no surprise that our ‘Pride House’ is hosting one of the most extensive events schedules globally.”

For more information on what else will be going on during Pride House Manchester – visit Alternatively, search ‘Pride House Manchester’ on Facebook or follow the organisation on Twitter @PrideHouseMCR


  1. I just don't don't understand hate. It's a waste.

  2. A mural with a message. I like it!

  3. A very fitting mural, Chrissy.

    Vladimir, Vladimir... it's not everyone else's fault you're such a wanker.

  4. Fantastic job with the mural ;-)

  5. Excellent, Chrissy. Putin looks like the Joker. An apt allusion. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural and for sharing this sympathetic movement.


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