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Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:24 PM

The Fear of Being Gay in Russia




Moscow’s first gay pride parade was held in May 2006, thirteen years after homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new era of openness for the LGBT community.
It didn’t quite work out that way. LGBT marchers that day clashed with riot police, who tried to stop the event. “We disturbed something very deeply rooted in Russian society, some very evil power of intolerance and violence,” says Nikolai Baev, a prominent LGBT rights activist who attended the march.
Only a few months later, Russia saw its first regional anti-gay law passed in Ryazan, 200 miles east of Moscow. It was the first official sign that the Russian authorities would resist the LGBT movement—a resistance that has grown and become increasingly violent as LGBT activism has grown over the last decade.
That violence hit Dmitry Chizhevsky in November 2013 when he attended a weekly meeting for the LGBT community and friends called the Rainbow Tea Party in Saint Petersburg. “It was a place to socialize, drink some tea and play some games,” Chizhevsky says. It wasn’t a political event, and Chizhevsky wasn’t much for protests.
The old town had a hectic feeling that weekend as the 10th Annual March Against Hatred took place in the city’s gracious main streets. The next day, on November 3, the tea party was more crowded than usual.
“I saw two guys next to the door wearing masks,” Chizhevsky recalls. “After that I heard shots. The first one hit my eye. They yelled, ‘Where will you run, faggot?’ and one hit me several times with a baseball bat. Then the attackers ran away. One of the small balls [from a pneumatic pistol] stayed behind my eye.” The police ran a rather lackluster investigation and no one was ever arrested.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/03/russia-putin-lgbt-violence-116202.html#ixzz3V8kzoDrR

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Behind the Aegis Mar 2015 #5
geek tragedy Mar 2015 #3
SidDithers Mar 2015 #4

Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 12:27 AM

1. OH hell no! 72 reads! Page three...back to page one!

The situation is getting worse. With the calls by Russia to disallow benefits to go to UN employees demonstrates that they aren't even satisfied with their homohatred being limited to The Motherland.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 12:30 AM

2. It's one of the red flags toward totalitarianism.

 

For people that actually pay attention to history. I've been increasingly worried about Russia over the years. Things are getting worse and worse there.

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Response to Rex (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 04:54 PM

5. Yes it is!

Sadly, too many are refusing to face facts and some are actually laying the blame at the feet of gay people for being "too sensitive" and "not really understanding the law or its purpose...but, oh, it's bad."

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 12:32 AM

3. They have such courage.

 

The US should provide asylum for all GLBT Russians. Not too long before they'll be wearing pink triangles there.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2015, 06:48 AM

4. DU rec...

This is what the Putin boot-lickers at DU support.

Thanks for posting.

Sid

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