“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won’t be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”
Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?
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Incidently dolphins, admired for their intelligence, are amongst the 450 species
Russia is becoming one of the world’s most anti gay countries.
In 2012, a Moscow Court banned Gay Pride for 100 years.
It is hard to believe that in modern times such prejudice exists, that this kind of backwards thinking is today alive and kicking. Here in the UK Gay marriage is now legal, legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by Parliament in July 2013 and in Uruguay same-sex marriage became legal on August 5, 2013.
In Russia however it is not only illegal to marry someone of the same sex as it is in many countries but if you are gay the discrimination goes even further. Basically if you live in Russian it is illegal to state you are gay.You are not permitted to kiss your partner in public or display a rainbow flag. In 2013 Russia, enacted a law prohibiting any positive mention of homosexuality in the presence of minors, including online. You can’t acknowledge that you are gay, or else you face possible imprisonment and fines.
Such is the case of a Russian Journalist.
Please help with an Amnesty International campaign to have so-called “Gay propaganda” charges dropped against Russian Journalist Elena Klimova.
Elena has been charged under Russia’s new anti-‘gay propaganda’ law for running a website offering support to LGBTI teenagers.
If she’s found guilty, Elena will have to pay a large fine and her project will be shut down immediately.
Ask Russian authorities to drop the charges now.
Click the following link to sign the petition, scroll down for more information.
Scroll down for more action you can take.
Please watch this very emotive video in support of LGBT communities and against Russia’s anti LGBT legislation.
Sochi Olympics: Swedes show LGBT support by singing the Russian National Anthum
“A short film showing 2000 people in Sweden singing the Russian National Anthem has been released ahead of the Sochi Games to show LGBT support. The video was produced and released by the Swedish website www.liveandletlove.se created by the LIVE AND LET LOVE project. It was filmed on October 6, 2013, the day when Russian President Vladimir Putin gave start to the Olympic torch relay on Red Square in Moscow. It was posted on the Internet on January 30 and has been viewed more than 370,000 times on Youtube since. The organisers said their project was set up to support LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) communities in the countries where rights of those people come under threat.”
Here is what President Obama said about Putins anti gay laws and the Olympics on the Tonight Show:
“I think Putin and Russia have a big stake in making sure the Olympics work, and I think they understand that for most of the countries that participate in the Olympics, we wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently. They’re athletes, they’re there to compete. And if Russia wants to uphold the Olympic spirit, then every judgment should be made on the track, or in the swimming pool, or on the balance beam, and people’s sexual orientation shouldn’t have anything to do with it.”
Obama Says Putin Violates ‘Basic Morality,’ Taints Olympic Spirit
Russia’s human rights crackdown
The Anti-Homosexual Propaganda Law is just one of many created by Putin’s government in recent years to cut back freedoms for ordinary Russians.
Basic freedoms are being denied in Russia. New laws brought in by Putin’s government in 2013 have targeted basic human rights. The result is a Russia where you are increasingly gagged from talking about your political beliefs, stopped from expressing your gender and sexual identity, and banned from involvement with any non-governmental rights groups.
New laws heavily restrict efforts by the LGBTI community to fight for equal rights. In 2012, a Moscow Court banned Gay Pride for 100 years, despite the European Court of Human Rights declaring Pride bans in Moscow illegal just two years earlier.
Russian states have all implemented legislation outlawing ‘propoganda of non-traditional sexual relations’, an all-pervasive law that effectively stops teachers saying that being homosexual is as normal as bring heterosexual, and stops teenagers from seeking help and advice from sexual health clinics.
More Action you can take
Please watch the and sign the petition
TO PRESIDENT PUTIN, RUSSIAN POLITICIANS AND ALL WORLD LEADERS:
We stand with citizens across Russia who are calling on their government to stop the crackdown against lesbian, gay, bi and trans people that is fueling anti-gay violence.
We urge leaders around the world and within Russia to work to eliminate all anti-gay laws and protect all citizens from violence and discrimination in Russia.
Join the Fight for International LGBT Rights
Russia is of course not alone in its anti LGBT stance, seventy-six countries still criminalize consensual adult same-sex relationships.
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives joined Russia and other countries with disgraceful records on LGBT rights and skipped the highest-level UN meeting ever held on the issue.
Canada must be a part of the fight for LGBT rights. Sign the petition calling on the Canadian government to join the UN LGBT Core Group immediately.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/748/944/497/ – any one from any country may sign
83 countries where homosexuality is illegal
76+ (more like 83) countries with anti-homosexuality laws
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA, lists 78 countries with criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people (LGBTIs), but that’s an understatement.
A more realistic, 83-country list is below, including links to this blog’s coverage of individual countries.
The Facts on LGBT Rights in Russia
Gay rights in Russia: What athletes have had to say: