• #kiss4lgbtqrights (Instagram)Source: Instagram
The hashtag #kiss4lgbtqrights is trending on Instagram as people from around the globe are coming together to protest the suppression of LGBTIQ rights in Russia.
Sam Carroll

10 May 2017 - 11:04 AM  UPDATED 10 May 2017 - 11:04 AM

The campaign was initiated by Brazilian activist group SSEX BBOX, a group seeking to highlight LGBTIQ issues around the globe.

With self-defined ideals including “expanding awareness, dismantling shame, reducing isolation and ignorance, facilitating education and awareness and encouraging community-building”, the advocacy group encouraged Instagram users to post images of themselves kissing, using the hashtag #Kiss4LGBTQRights and tag themselves at Russia’s political capital, the Moscow Kremlin.

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There have been upwards of 4,400 posts featuring users from around the globe, from LGBTIQ and straight couples to creative individuals without a partner.

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