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Russia Moves to Enact Anti-Gay Law Nationwide 
21st-Jan-2013 01:04 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — ...The bill is part of an effort to promote traditional Russian values as opposed to Western liberalism, which the Kremlin and church see as corrupting Russian youth....

The move has been met mostly with either indifference or open enthusiasm by average Russians. Levada polls conducted last year show that almost two thirds of Russians find homosexuality "morally unacceptable and worth condemning." About half are against gay rallies and same-sex marriage; almost a third think homosexuality is the result of "a sickness or a psychological trauma."

Russia's widespread hostility to homosexuality is shared by the political and religious elite. Those behind the bill say minors need to be protected from "homosexual propaganda" because they are unable to evaluate the information critically. "This propaganda goes through the mass media and public events that propagate homosexuality as normal behavior," the bill reads...

Full Article HERE.

Earlier today, I saw someone reference an article from a fictional tabloid in their LJ post. While I originally thought the entry was a nice bit of dry humor, I realized after reading the comments that people believed the article to be true. If only this story were nothing but a bit of satirical fun. Sadly, it's very real.
21st-Jan-2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Well, we all saw this coming, didn't we? St. Petersburg was only a trial run, if you ask me. In our newspaper today was a long article about a photographic exhibition showing pictures of gay, lesbian and transgender people from Russia, most of them facing abuse every day. Some of them were beaten badly. Most of them are too scared to be open about their sexuality.
Historically speaking, however, it's no surprise. Russia has never been a liberal country, the Russian "soul" so to speak, is very "zaristic", very old-fashioned. A lot of Russian people are antisemitic, too. And it's accepted as a fact and not fought. It's a tragedy, really.
21st-Jan-2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yes. It's painful to read about and hurts deeply.
21st-Jan-2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
It does. It's like a punch to the gut every time.

How are you, honey? We haven't spoken for a while. I hope you are okay. I read about your dress. Hot!
21st-Jan-2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
I'm okay. Busy. I think I always say that, but it's always true. :) The writing is going well. One release for certain this year, with the possibility of another.

You're getting a ton of snow, I hear. Buried yet? What else is new and exciting?
22nd-Jan-2013 02:01 am (UTC)
:( This is horrifying on so many levels.
22nd-Jan-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Truly. :/
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