Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Russia: Promoting Homophobia

Most papers today have given much coverage to the Russian Duma voting for a law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual values".
The bill defines this as "spreading the information in order to form non-traditional sexual desires in children, describing such relations as attractive, promoting the distorted understanding of social equality of traditional and non-traditional relations and also unwanted solicitation of information that could provoke interest to such relations."
It also "orders foreigners and people without citizenship to be expelled from Russia if found guilty of such a felony." (Russia Today).
The last part is instructive. 
Anti-gay politicians in Russia like to claim there is some evil Western plot to promote homosexuality there.
Ironic, as this new law could well have been "inspired" by our own Section 28.
Earlier this month, for example, an LGBT film festival in St Petersburg was fined 500,000 roubles and branded a "foreign agent", as it allegedly recieved funding from abroad. 
So President Putin and others can puff himself up and posture that he is some valiant soldier standing up to the West and valiantly fighting to save Mother Russia.
So, the bit of silly clicktivism below from seems somewhat ill-thought out and counterproductive, don't you think?

PS Mind you, that's nothing compared to this well-meaning fuckwittery from Gay Star News arguing that the best way to stop Nigeria's latest anti-gay bill is to get the US to threaten to cut its aid!

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