You know, I’ve always had a thing for Russia. There’s just something about the country that I like. But what they have done is not right. Four cities now, Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma, and now St Petersburg have passed a law banning “homosexual propaganda”.
The law’s content is vague – it criminalises “public action aimed at propagandising sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors”. Those charged with breaking the law will be fined from 5,000 (£108) to 500,000 roubles.
From the article ^
Those roubles convert to $167 and $16782 CAD respectively. That’s a hell of a lot of money to be fined, for just showing who you are. It’s ridiculous that Russia is doing this. The LGBT community deserves much more respect than this. They are human beings too. They have difference preferences, just as everyone else in the world.
I like colour blue and green. You like the colour yellow and orange. I like meat. You like vegetables. I like the opposite sex, and maybe you like only the same sex. It’s all what you like. So far only these cities have passed the law, but ”Church officials and Russian politicians are pushing to make bring the anti-gay laws to a federal level.” I think, as well as millions of other people, that no one should have the power to tell you that you can’t be yourself.
Now, just to be clear, I’m not picking or bashing religion at all. But I believe that religion should stay out of the government. I don’t know how many, or which specific ones (besides Christianity) say that homosexuality is a “sin” or “evil” or whatever. But that isn’t how it should be. People should be able to be free to live their lives normally without discrimination if they are homosexual, bisexual, Black, White, Christian, Asian, Muslim, Jewish, or anything like those. We are all human beings. We all function the same. We each have our own personality. We each have our own preferences. We are the same.
Now, end my little rant.
Back to the topic, there are many activists that are protesting/fighting this.
Nikolai Alexeyev, Russia’s most outspoken gay rights activist, said he would launch a protest campaign to get the law repealed. He has also sued the law’s initiator, St Petersburg United Russia deputy, Vitaly Milonov, for 1m roubles after the politician called him a girl who supported himself on western grants.
After Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma, St Petersburg is the fourth city to pass such a law. Its adoption in Russia’s most European city and one with a relatively vibrant gay scene has sparked an international outcry. All Out, a global gay rights group, has called on people to avoid travelling to the city until the law is repealed.
I encourage anyone reading this to support the group All Out. As well as support Nikolai Alexeyev. They are doing what they can to stop this unfair law.
Personally, I really hope that this law does get repealed and officials realize that trying to impose these kind of laws will not work in this modern time.
It’s unfair. It’s discriminatory. It’s cruel.