~~February 10, 2014~~
This post is written to expose, once again, the current situation that the LGBT community is Russia is experiencing.
At this point it has gone beyond the Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014. To write about boycotting the games is a moot point. Once the games are finished, this topic will go the way of others that have lost front headlines because new topics have developed.
Yet the LGBT community in Russia will continue to be persecuted, humiliated, abused, entrapped, beaten, discriminated against and even be killed.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people’s rights in Russia face legal and social challenges as well as discrimination not experienced by non-LGBT people. Although same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults in private was decriminalized in 1993, there are currently no laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and households headed by same-sex couples are ineligible for the legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. The age of consent has been the same for same-sex relations as for heterosexual relations since 2003, and homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness in 1999. Transsexuals have been able to change their legal gender since 1997.
In 2013, Russia received criticism from around the world for enacting a law that bans the distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors, which effectively makes it illegal to suggest that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships or to distribute material on gay rights. Leaders of foreign governments have condemned the law, as have 27 Nobel prize winners from the fields of science and the arts.
Since the passage of the anti-gay propaganda law, the media has reported the arrest of a gay rights activist as well as a surging incidence of hate crimes motivated by homophobia, including hate crimes perpetrated by neo-Nazi groups against gay minors. A law prohibiting gay pride parades in Moscow for one-hundred years has also recently been enacted.
International rights groups have described the current situation as the worst human rights climate in the post-Soviet era, while Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva has called passage of the law against gay propaganda “a step toward the Middle Ages.” Due to the timing of the law coming within a year of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi there has been ongoing Olympic protests of Russian anti-gay laws.
Russia has been described as being socially conservative on issues of LGBT rights, with recent polls indicating that a large majority of Russian citizens oppose the legal recognition of same-sex marriage and support the controversial laws enacted regarding Russia’s LGBT citizens. Larger cities such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg have been described as being more tolerant and accepting, and have been known to have thriving LGBT communities.
- The age of consent currently stands at 16 since 2003, regardless of sexual orientation.
- Transsexual and transgender people can change their legal gender after corresponding medical procedures since 1997.
- Homosexuality was officially removed from the Russian list of mental illnesses in 1999 (after endorsement of ICD-10).
- As far as adoptions of children: Single persons living within Russia, regardless of their sexual orientation, can adopt children. Russian children can be adopted by a single homosexual who lives in a foreign country provided that country does not recognize same-sex marriage. A couple can adopt children together, as a couple, only if they are a married heterosexual couple.
~~Homophobia in Russia~~
Public opinion in Russia tends to be among the most hostile toward homosexuality in the world — outside predominantly Muslim countries and some parts of Asia — and the level of intolerance has been rising.
In 2013, 16% of Russians surveyed said that gay people should be isolated from society, 22% said they should be forced to undergo treatment, and 5% said homosexuals should be “liquidated”.
Neither same-sex marriages nor civil unions of same-sex couples are allowed in Russia. In July 2013, Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, of which approximately 80% of Russians are members, said that the idea of same-sex marriage was “a very dangerous sign of the Apocalypse”.
At a 2011 press conference, the head of the Moscow Registry Office, Irina Muravyova, declared: “Attempts by same-sex couples to marry both in Moscow and elsewhere in Russia are doomed to fail. We live in a civil society, we are guided by the federal law, [and] by the Constitution that clearly says: marriage in Russia is between a man and a woman. Such a marriage [same-sex] cannot be contracted in Russia.” The vast majority of the Russian public are also against same-sex marriage.
Full read/Information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Russia
~~THIS IS DISTRESSING TO ME ….. NO ONE CARES~~
Openly gay ski jumper: It’s not worth protesting Russia’s anti-gay law because ‘no one cares’
~~KRASNAYA POLYANA, RUSSIA~~
An openly gay women’s ski jumper says protests against Russia’s law banning homosexual “propaganda” aimed at minors aren’t worth it because “no one cares.”
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who is a gold medal favorite in the women’s normal hill, married partner Isabel Stolz last year.
After training Sunday, she said, “I don’t think it’s a good idea to make protests here, no one cares … I know Russia will go and make the right steps in the future and we should give them time.”
~~I don’t think that the LGBT community has the luxury to “give them time”~~
~~I found this excellent post on oblogdeeoblogda.me~~
To cite the writer’s words:
“Support for Sochi Olympics Endorses the Freedom of “Vigilante Gangs to Hunt and Catch Gay People for Sport”
“Will those crowds sitting cheering on the stands of SOCHI say “we did not know?” Will Johny Weir, Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano, our very own LGBT community members continue to turn their backs using fluffy inexcusable rhetoric, “we will wave our Rainbow Flag” as their ongoing excuse for ignoring the harsh reality and what really should be said and done? Will NBC and Matt Lauer continue their shameless silence with a “‘rah-rah’ we love the non-political games?
And what about the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the athletes and the coaches and the teams – how do you feel about participating in Valdimir Hitler Putin’s games? And as for VISA, Coca Cola et al- well you know what is going on and yet you take us so proudly to Sochi and ask for our support and even HRC, Human Rights Campaign, the preeminent and largest U.S.
Gay organization continues its support for you, by serving up the COLA at its latest event.
And at the end of the games Putin will smile and say “look we tolerated you gays – and thank you for helping us tout our successful games and now you f’ing faggots, get your arses back to the West, you do not belong in Russia;” and indeed the minute the world leaves, new laws will be introduced to take children away from their gay and lesbian parents!”
For full article/Full read:
“Lest we forget how during the Nazi era, the plight of the Jews spent years in tiny unnoticed print on page 6 of the New York Times, column 4.
The world is doing it again and I believe most of you who are reading this are complicit in your silence.
If you are not afraid of the truth then watch this MUST see BBC Channel 4 report and share it with anyone who thought that instead of boycotting SOCHI Winter Olympics we should show up with rainbow flags”.
Dispatches – Hunted (Documentary about homophobia in Russia)
(53,035 views, as of this writing)
~~SURPRISE, SURPRISE … THIS VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED BY ITS USER~~
Published on Feb 6, 2014
Russia is officially welcoming gay athletes and spectators to the Sochi Winter Olympics. But in a country where it’s thought only 1% of gay people dare to live completely openly, it appears to be a hollow gesture.
This extraordinary Dispatches documentary has gained unique access to the vigilante gangs that target gay men and women. The film depicts a country troubled by disturbing violence and distressing intimidation.
Six months after the Russian parliament unanimously passed a law to protect children from ‘non-traditional’ relationships, this film explores the terror that gay people in Russia are calling ‘hunting season’.
We ALL fight the fight!!
Don’t let it be “NO ONE CARES”!!
We ALL are ONE!!!