- April 11, 2013
Post submitted by Tony R. Lee, LGBT Human Rights Coordination Group, Amnesty International USA
Get on the Bus-DC, a day of action organized by Amnesty International’s grassroots, will hold a high profile rally in DuPont Circle at 1:15 pm EDT on Friday, April 12th, to highlight the importance of LGBT human rights. The action will focus on showing solidarity with the South Africa LGBT community. Later this month, South African activists will hold a vigil to honor the second anniversary since the death of a fellow LGBT rights activist, Noxolo Nogwaza.
Noxolo, an organizer for Ekurhuleni Pride Organizing Committee (EPOC), was brutally raped and murdered in April 2011. Little has been done to bring Noxolo’s perpetrators to justice. Messages of solidarity will be collected and sent to EPOC for inclusion at the April 24th vigil.
Get on the Bus-DC organizers plan to see a significant showing in support of LGBT rights this Friday, calling on local activists to “take a lunch break for LGBT human rights in the U.S., South Africa, and around the world.” Come raise your voice for LGBT rights and write a solidarity message to Noxolo's family and friends. Information about this and other actions taking place can be found on Get on the Bus-DC’s website.
If you cannot join the action live, like Amnesty’s LGBT human rights work on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. The below tweet, or a similar tweet that reflects your feelings of solidarity, can also be sent to show your support.
Tweet: "@AIUSALGBT - We demand justice for crimes against #LGBT activists like #Noxolo! It's time to #StopTheHate!"
Amnesty International believes that all people—including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals—should be able to enjoy the full range of human rights. However, in the United States and around the world people are discriminated against, subjected to violence, and persecuted based on real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Amnesty is committed to advancing human rights for LGBT people by shedding light on these abuses.