Russia to consider “ban everything gay” law

Russia to Bash Gays, Again

As part of its ongoing descent into dictatorship and underdevelopment, Russia is considering a new federal law that would ban anything and everything gay, according to an email from the Russian LGBT Network in St. Petersburg.

Similar laws have already been passed in nine Russian regions.  St. Petersburg’s version of the law got a man arrested for wearing rainbow suspenders, a sure mark of the gay devil.

No word yet on whether St. Petersburg plans on arresting God for inventing the rainbow, or for continuing to sport it after rainstorms in spite of being asked to stop by President Putin himself. I’m obviously kidding about the God stuff, but the suspenders arrest was real.

More on St. Petersburg’s version from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:

Russian police detain a gay rights activist during an attempt to hold the unauthorized gay pride parade on May 28, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. kojoku / Shutterstock.com

Russian police detain a gay rights activist during an attempt to hold an unauthorized gay pride parade on May 28, 2011 in Moscow. (kojoku / Shutterstock.com)

Gavrikov: That’s precisely the problem. For me, the term “propaganda” has exactly the same connotation as the term “anti-Soviet propaganda.” Everything that city authorities think will contradict the general stance of the [ruling United Russia] party — since almost all city officials are members of United Russia — will give them an opportunity to implement this law.This term is being used precisely because it’s vague, in order to bar public activities by certain groups of people. Any public activity that carries the word “gay,” or “lesbians,” or “bisexual” or “transgender” can be interpreted as propaganda — be it an awareness campaign, an opinion poll, or an article posted on our website.

Like I said, it’s a Soviet thing.

Russia Has a Proud History of Gay Bashing

Russia has a long history of gay-bashing… and Jew bashing… and media bashing… and dissident bashing.  On the gay front, they’ve been particularly nasty of late.  A few examples.

In 2007, the Moscow police say by as far-right extremists violently attacked European members of parliament at a gay pride rally. From my reporting at that time:

From Germany’s Deutsche Welle:

Police detained Russian gay community leader Nikolai Alexeyev and several European lawmakers in central Moscow at the start of the demonstration by dozens of homosexual rights activists campaigning for an end to sexual discrimination.

Dozens of Russian right-wing extremists converged on the group, shouting insults like “fags,” “perverts” and “death to homosexuals,” throwing eggs and punching and kicking gay demonstrators in front of riot police who intervened much later.

The police also systematically arrested both the attackers and the assaulted. The gay rights activists were also assaulted by ultra-nationalists and Orthodox Church hardliners….

Also detained were Volker Beck, a member of Germany’s parliament; Marco Cappato, an Italian member of the European Parliament, and veteran British gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. The politicians have since been released.

Yes, the police sat by while European members of parliament were violently attacked. The police then proceeded to arrest the members of parliament and others who were victims of the violence.

More from AP:

Marco Cappato, a European Parliament deputy from Italy, was kicked by one opponent as he spoke to journalists. Cappato began shouting “Where are the police? Why don’t you protect us?” and officers hauled him away as he struggled….

Thirty-one people were detained and most were later released, Moscow police spokesman Yevgeny Gildeyev said. He said two Italians were detained for jaywalking and a German was taken away by police to prevent him from being beaten….

No gay rights opponents were seen taken away by police, though Gildeyev said a man was detained after attacking a Briton, presumably referring to Tatchell.

Yes, it takes a special kind of dictatorship to arrest the people who are being attacked.

Then in 2009, the Russian government brutally broke up a gay pride parade. More suspenders, one suspect.

In 2011, the Russian government did it again, this time violently assaulting international human rights activists, including the US’ own Dan Choi. Here’s video of the Russian militia violently breaking attacking the international activists before they actually did anything:

Then this year, the Russians talked of fining Madonna (the singer, not the Holy) for being a tad too pro-gay during her concert there; they banned the Olympics from having a Pride House for gay and trans athletes, lest the Pride House literally cleave the country in two (a court warned); and finally they banned Moscow Pride for the next 100 years, literally.

Call Russia “Uganda of the North.”


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    are very dangerous if there’s no compassion for a child then how much are you
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  • Russian

    Fun fact is that on 99% photos of gay parades/detentiuons you can see the same man — Nikolai Alexeyev. The whole “gay activism” in Russia is Nikolai Alexeyev and a coupole of his followers. No one really cares.

  • nickname

    They can still win the space race!!!
    lol, noobs.

  • william

    Since when are gays free of criminal behavior. In the USA the gay people I encountered in my life were the most absolute corrupt people I ever met. Just because you are gay does not entitle you to be greater than non gays. Infact your people are just as corrupt, criminal, and unfair as non gay people. There is only one solution to the gay population. They need their own nation. PERIOD.

  • hugo

    The Russian policy is well intended, but perhaps a bit extreme, but no less extreme than this: Ban children’s books depicting traditional families: ‘gender stereotyping’ says EU report

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-David-Barber/100000327055940 Michael David Barber

    Seems rational. The USs response should be just as rational. Refuse to do business with Russia. Embargo all their goods. Stop any exports to Russia. Send their Diplomats home. Shut our embassy in Russia and forget they ever were a country.

  • emjayay

    Department of Gross Generalizations:

    The educated Russian elite artists were indeed uniquely progressive and creative before being clamped down on. But pre-revolution Russia was stuck in the pre-Enlightenment Middle Ages. The Soviet period just kept the peasants apart from cultural progress in the West, which was generallly a couple of centuries ahead anyway. So after the fall of the Soviet Union, instead of New Soviet Men there continued to be a country composed largely of ignorant sexist homophobic peasants comfortable with being ruled by corrupt autocrats like the Czar or Politburo or Putin. No democratic tradition.
    The immigration made possible since then has turned formerly idealistic Israel way to the right. The 200,000 Russians in Brooklyn tend to be ignorant nuveau riche. Their idea of a good restaurant is one with crystal chandeliers, indirect blue and pink lighting on white walls, white or chrome furniture, and lots of vodka.
    Because Russia is so corrupt and apparently the drivers are so bad, everyone has a dashboard camera to document any accident they get into. This has resulted in endless video recordings of insane accidents and absurd behavior, available for your entertainment on the internet.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Russia: the Uganda of superpowers.

  • Naja pallida

    Does this mean that they would ban all of Putin’s homoerotic photo ops?

  • mirror

    The sad thing is that Russian and other post-Soviet Christian groups are bringing their own brands of evil Christianity when they emigrate here. There were a lot of articles about this 2 to 4 years ago. Has this died down, or have they just merged into white-supremacist anti-Semitic groups?

    http://www.alternet.org/story/64336/anti-gay_movement_of_immigrant_fundamentalist_christians_threatens_western_states

  • Indigo

    How do we go about persuading the Russians to invite our fundamentalist and evangelical gay-bashing communities to migrate to Russia?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And the same way China got their go at it just recently, despite their abysmal human rights record.

    It’s purely business.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Time to raise high volume condemnations approaching the Olympics.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Sounds like a Republican wet dream.

  • goulo

    The ex-communist countries have a lot of cultural homophobia left over which as far as I can tell stems from old pseudo-science ideology promulgated by the dictatorships (in contrast with the Christianist ideology driving much of it in the west). Then the rise of conservative Christianity in many of the ex-communist countries gave a second boost to the homophobia (e.g. in Catholic Poland). An unfortunate double-whammy of anti-gay hatred and ignorance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-De-Salvio/1187769019 John De Salvio

    Perhaps there should be an international strike against the upcoming Winter Olympics.

  • Sweetie

    “Russia has a long history of gay-bashing… and Jew bashing… and media bashing… and dissident bashing. On the gay front, they’ve been particularly nasty of late. A few examples.”

    Another aspect of the 20s culture was that some heterosexual intellectuals actually tried same-sex relationships/sex, either as pairs or as bisexual threesomes—for intellectual reasons. The results generally weren’t all that favorable/stable, but the ideas of that time period showed that the people were really forward-thinking. They had cast off the shackles of tsarism and were ready to embrace and create a vibrant future.

    Stalin, a bank robber, and his ilk chose to incompetently govern and the future mostly froze over. They caused famines. They stole food from peasants and farmers. They murdered huge numbers. It wasn’t just the intelligentsia and the artistic class who were victimized. Everyone suffered, even his torturous left-hand (who was erased from photographs as an “unperson”).

    Despite the chill, there was still great music produced, but the output “for the drawer” pales in comparison with what would have occurred with liberty.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Same way they got it 30 years ago.

  • Sweetie

    We can thank Stalin and his men for destroying what was on the track toward becoming one of the world’s richest cultures. Russia in the 20s was arguably more creative and innovative artistically than the USA in film, the visual arts, and “classical” music. Stalin replaced that with murder, “Socialist Realism” nonsense, and bureaucratic oppression.

    The country has never recovered, and fascist elements are even trying to rehabilitate Stalinism. It doesn’t look like it will recover.

  • dula

    How did these backward people ever get the right to host the next winter Olympics?

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