We ordered you to get your human-rights-loving asses down to the Russian consular residence today to protest Russia's ongoing and unacceptable anti-gay political climate, and you showed up! This is what the scene looks like right now:

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I'll keep updating this post as Stranger staffers at the protest keep sending me reports, but in the meantime, everyone else: Get your ass down there!!! (It's at 3726 E Madison Street.)

Update 1, 5:13 p.m.: Cienna Madrid estimates there are about 70 or so people down there. (Update! A later head count put the number closer to 300 people at the height of things.) And it's noisy—everyone's chanting and yelling like crazy, cars going by are honking their support. I could hear it in the background: "Hey hey! Ho ho! Homophobia's got to go!" and "2, 4, 6, 8, stop the violence, stop the hate!" She also reports: "Ed Murray's here!" Here's proof:

Ed Murray!
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  • Ed Murray!

I'm posting more pictures as fast as I get 'em.

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Above, with the collar, is Jeffrey Gill from the Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, who says his parishioners told him about the protest. There are at least six people from his parish there already and they're expecting more. Also representing is All Pilgrims Church, as well as some Unitarians.

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Update 2, 5:25 p.m.: More pictures of cute kids and great signs—and the mayor!—after the jump. Follow the hashtag #Russia4love on Twitter for coverage of this and other protests happening right now.

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Our very own Dan Savage.
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  • Our very own Dan Savage.

Nice stache, Putin.
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  • Nice stache, Putin.

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Update 3, 5:45 p.m.: Mayor McGinn tweets:


Someone made him pose:

He may support a war on cars, but never a war on gays.
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  • He may support a war on cars, but never a war on gays.

Have you wondered how many events like this are happening today and/or if one happened in your city? Check out the list right over here.

Update 4, 6:15 p.m.: Paul Constant has posted a photo album of the event over here. Wanna see the actual consular residence? Or see Dan pass out bottled water? He's got 'em. And Dan reports, "We did a head count, and there were 300 people there!"