Having to Stay Shut in That Closet for Life

by jessica.chouinard on September 15, 2013 - 12:09am

The purpose of this article was to shame with the anti-gay laws in Russia. The main point that the author used to support his idea was that Russia’s failure to honor the Olympic Charter’s requirement of non-discrimination. The author also used Putin denying discrimination against the LGBT people to support his main idea. What makes the issue chosen a social problem is that it affects a group of people. Not only does it affect the people that live in Russia, but with the winter Olympics of 2014 that are happening in Sochi, it affects worldwide athletes that are part of the LGBT. Another reason why this is a social issue is that there is a difference between the ideal situation, which is that the LGBT people have the right to not be discriminated upon, and the actual situation, where there is discrimination happening towards the LGBT people.

My opinion towards what is happening in Russia is that it is unfair for people to be discriminated upon because of the sexual orientation. It bothers me that people have such a strong reaction to things they do not comprehend or things that are unusual. There are always going to be roadblock for situations like these, it just takes one person to be against something and people start to join in. It hard to find a solution for this problem, basically I think the government with have to abolish the anti-gay law for the situation to be solved because in no way can there be no discrimination against the LBGT people with such a law.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/13/opinion/lokshina-russia-gay-persecution/index.html?iref=allsearch

Comments

I have chosen to comment on your piece because I too agree that what’s going on in Russia is wrong and should be stopped. It is awful that people are being judged on something that has so little meaning to anyone other than the person they are dating. I think people should be more open-minded towards things, regardless of if they don’t understand. Not understanding is simply an excuse for those who are narrow minded regarding this subject and I think it is wrong for people to get away with forming laws based on their narrow-mindedness. I think you wrote a very interesting piece of writing about a subject that is truly a big deal in today’s society. One way that people are trying to stop these laws from being passed are by boycotting the Olympics, certain countries are standing up to this cause which I think it a really good thing, the boycott is mentioned briefly in this article; http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/russian-lawmaker-wants-to-take...

This is a great post and I also agree that Russian is in the wrong. This post caught my attention for the main reason that I believe people should be able to express themselves however they feel. If it makes them happy, than I’m all for it. I disagree with the way Russia is handling this situation. All over the world the gays get discriminated. I feel that it’s highly unfair and unneeded. Their people too just as a man and female are. The discrimination just makes everything harder and causes more problems. The Olympic Charter’s requirement of non-discrimination is being ignored and that’s unfair to these group of people. Russia should honor their laws and follow them. Sex orientation should not be discriminated anywhere. It’s between two individuals and shouldn’t be the biggest issues in the world. Is anyone taking a stand towards this?

I completely agree with you. All over the world this problem of anti-gay is. It is truly pointless and meaningless to have these laws. Being homosexual is not hurting anyone at all. Homosexuals should be able to express her or his own sexual preference and not be told who to be with just because the law says so. The reason I feel this way is because all my life I have known people in homosexual relations. They are perfectly normal and kind. Some of them are even better then heterosexual people. No one has ever been against homosexuals in my life. It is just part of the world as normal and all people should view it as so. I loved your blog.

this is really good post and i definitely agree with you. the russian laws have no right to do that to the russian people. I'm so glad that they finally passed the law in new york city on how gay people can finally get married legally.i think this should be spread worldwide,many other countries should participate in this change. i don't think people should discriminate against others just because of their sexual orientation and preferences. we are all the same, we all have the same genetic code, we are just different on the outside. No one is better than the next person, just because a woman wants to be with a woman instead of a man, that is her choice. who are we to judge? what she does with her life doesn't have anything to do with any one else. we are all the same under the eyes of god. i hope that this soon changes and everyone can be accepted for who they are.

I liked this post because I have been hearing a lot about Russia's discrimination recently and it has caught my attention. I think over here in the United States we are so much farther ahead than Russia socially when it comes to equality that we are caught off guard when homosexuality is such a high offense in another country. I am proud that our country has become so tolerant of it, because people finally have the freedom to be themselves. My aunt is gay and she just recently got married to her partner when New York passed the marriage law for homosexuals. She is so happy and everyone deserves happiness no matter who it is shared with. I think the Russian government needs to change completely in order for their values and social beliefs to evolve.

Honestly , I really liked your post because I also am hearing a lot of people talking about this but I couldn't always believe what they were saying. By the way, great title, its simple but clearly gives an idea about what your post is about. It troubles me to see that still today, there's a lot of issues around something that I find so simple. Governments always talked about 'Freedom' and like 'Civil Rights' , but why does it stop when it comes to this ? Why can't they just move on to something much more important, I don't know, maybe the fact that one third of the world's population is dying from hunger or something. I really believe that the human being of today can be more open-minded than this. It's not the 1920's anymore, act and treat each other like normal people. It's not too much to ask.

Your post about what is going on in Russia now was very informative and helped me to understand a little bit more about what exactly is going there. The title you chose for this is one of the main reasons why I chose to comment on this because it grabs the attention of the people who are browsing through the blog. I also believe that what is happening in Russia with the negative reactions to openly gay people are incredibly unfair and very unsettling. I was shocked when I saw some of the news footage of what anti-gay people were doing to people who were openly gay or even the people who are pro-gay. I don't think I will ever be able to understand how people can be so cruel to others just because they do not believe the same things as them. "Love" should not be considered as only one man and one woman being together, but as whoever you want to love. The government and people who have different opinions on homosexuals should have no say in the personal lives of gay people, it is their life and they should be able to be with whomever they want to be with, in my opinion.

I agree with you in saying that Russia is wrong in many ways with this decision. I have heard about this conflict but have not really gotten a chance to look into it. In my opinion the government should not be the one to decide who and how someone can love in any country. With the winter Olympics approaching in Russia these laws are not just affecting the citizens of its own country, but many athletes who are going to compete. This situation is very similar to the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany. Hitler tried to say that no blacks or Jews were allowed to participate in the games and the situation in Russia is not much different. We learn about history in order not to repeat it, yet history is repeating in this situation.

I agree with you in saying that Russia is wrong in many ways with this decision. I have heard about this conflict but have not really gotten a chance to look into it. In my opinion the government should not be the one to decide who and how someone can love in any country. With the winter Olympics approaching in Russia these laws are not just affecting the citizens of its own country, but many athletes who are going to compete. This situation is very similar to the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany. Hitler tried to say that no blacks or Jews were allowed to participate in the games and the situation in Russia is not much different. We learn about history in order not to repeat it, yet history is repeating in this situation.

I agree with your article in what Russia is doing is unfair. In America, gay rights and equality has been an issue, but more recently in the past ten years, the topic has expanded. We are working on gay rights and legalizing marriage in various states and accepting others for who they are. The fact that this issue of discrimination is affecting the Olympics is disheartening for not only Russian citizens, but worldwide athletes who feel as if they would be discriminated. This is a very popular social issue worldwide and it is unfortunate that Russia is currently struggling.
This is a well written article and includes a strong opinion in which is relatable to many people. When it comes to simple rights and feeling comfortable in your own country, one should feel nothing but wanted and it is saddening that still in 2013 people are struggling with the idea of gay rights and discrimination.

I agree with your article in what Russia is doing is unfair. In America, gay rights and equality has been an issue, but more recently in the past ten years, the topic has expanded. We are working on gay rights and legalizing marriage in various states and accepting others for who they are. The fact that this issue of discrimination is affecting the Olympics is disheartening for not only Russian citizens, but worldwide athletes who feel as if they would be discriminated. This is a very popular social issue worldwide and it is unfortunate that Russia is currently struggling.
This is a well written article and includes a strong opinion in which is relatable to many people. When it comes to simple rights and feeling comfortable in your own country, one should feel nothing but wanted and it is saddening that still in 2013 people are struggling with the idea of gay rights and discrimination.

Personally I agree with your point of view on this extremely controversial issue. I mean, why should someone discriminate against people for living their life the way they want? If the so called "problem" at hand doesn't affect yourself personally then why would you care? Governments and society should just learn that there is no need to fix what isn't broken. There is nothing wrong with people loving who they want; therefore society should just leave them alone and let them do what they want.

I really liked this one point in your article where you stated that “people have such a strong reaction to things they do not comprehend”. While I am not a part of the LGBT community, I completely empathize with them. Can you imagine how difficult and constraining it would be to have to hide a part of yourself from your friends, family, and loved ones? How much it must hurt to not be able to openly express your love for someone for fear of being chastised or persecuted simply because you do not conform to the norms of society? This lack of understanding and intolerance is what led many wars, genocide, slavery, and other forms of oppression throughout history. It feels almost as if the world has forgotten to look back and learn from their mistakes. If we don’t learn from our past, then I fear for our future. What more can you do? Laws are only the beginning. Soon members of the LGBT community will be severely oppressed and may not feel welcome in certain part of the world and may have to seek shelter from prosecution. We as people need to move forward and learn from our mistakes in order to have a clear, peaceful world and to avoid unnecessary discrimination an d tyranny against any one group within it.

I really liked this one point in your article where you stated that “people have such a strong reaction to things they do not comprehend”. While I am not a part of the LGBT community, I completely empathize with them. Can you imagine how difficult and constraining it would be to have to hide a part of yourself from your friends, family, and loved ones? How much it must hurt to not be able to openly express your love for someone for fear of being chastised or persecuted simply because you do not conform to the norms of society? This lack of understanding and intolerance is what led many wars, genocide, slavery, and other forms of oppression throughout history. It feels almost as if the world has forgotten to look back and learn from their mistakes. If we don’t learn from our past, then I fear for our future. What more can you do? Laws are only the beginning. Soon members of the LGBT community will be severely oppressed and may not feel welcome in certain part of the world and may have to seek shelter from prosecution. We as people need to move forward and learn from our mistakes in order to have a clear, peaceful world and to avoid unnecessary discrimination an d tyranny against any one group within it.

I completely agree with you. I think that the laws in Russia are pretty messed up. It's not fair to judge people by their sexual orientation, since it's not something that will affect others. Having many gay friends, I feel very strongly about this issue. I believe people are people, and it shouldn't matter whether participants in the Olympics are gay. As long as they qualify, they should be able to participate like any other person.

I agree completely. Russia as a country should not in any circumstances be acting like this. I was raised in a home where everyone should be treated equally no matter their gender, religion, race or sexual orientation. I believe that people should be able to love who they love no matter the gender. If they are happy then let them be happy. We are all human, and should be given the same rights, and privileges. The requirements that the Olympic Charter states of no discrimination are completely overlooked. Why are people so concerned with relationships that don’t even involve them? All in all people need to be more liberal. I believe it’s not the matter of these people not approving of others being gay, but that they do not understand. So many people are closed-minded and do not take the time to understand each other. If we all took a little time to understand one another the world would be a much less controversial place.

I completely agree with your position on this, for both societal and personal reasons. It is completely unfair to be discriminated based on sexual orientation, as it is unfair to be discriminated for anything in general. Just because a person loves someone of the same sex does not give any government the right to take their rights away. And as you said this isn't just affecting Russia, it's affecting the rest of the world as well because of the Winter Olympics.

I still do not understand why people have such a strong reaction to homosexuality. It just proves even further that the world in general is stuck in this phase of heteronormativity where people cannot and choose not to understand and accept anything outside of the norm, which is being heterosexual. Even in areas of the world that accept gay people and allow gay marriage; it's only to a certain extent and once it reaches a certain point where they begin to feel uncomfortable then discrimination begins again. It's a passive aggressive cycle that has no end.

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