Rainbow Rebellion took to the streets of Soho on Saturday to demand action on climate change. The group occupied Old Compton Street with a giant rainbow dildo, followed by an afternoon of speeches, music, art, games, and cake, which is ongoing with plans into the evening. Steps had been taken to make the weekend as accessible and inclusive as possible, with an emphasis on BIPOC representation and steps to increase access for disabled and neurodivergent people.
Rainbow Rebellion, a group of LGBTQ+ environmental activists linked to Extinction Rebellion, said that they had come to Soho because climate change “is an LGBTQIA+ issue”. They explained: “If we reach a point of climate breakdown and social collapse, marginalised groups – like the LGBTQIA+ community – will experience increased discrimination and violence. Members of our community are already disproportionately negatively affected by violence, lack of access to healthcare, homelessness, and displacement, especially those with multiple marginalised identities. The fight for LGBTQIA+ rights will be so much harder if climate change leads to social collapse. Our siblings in the Global South have been living with this reality for years. The queer community has stood and continues to stand up to demand social justice; we now need to demand climate justice as well. That’s why we decided to come to Soho, the historic heart of the queer community in London, to ask the queer community to join us.”
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