Homosexuality not being respected in Russia.
by Mich.Raposo on September 13, 2013 - 9:09pm
In the article Gays in Russia Find No Haven, Despite Support From The West (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/12/world/europe/gays-in-russia-find-no-haven-despite-support-from-the-west.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0) written by David M. Herszenhorn, homosexuality is not only against the law in Russia, but has Russians getting harassed and abused publically. Despite the multiculturalism, discrimination against gays is tolerated. It began when President Vladimir V. put in place a law where the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are condemned as an effort to suppress Russia’s fledging gay rights movement.
It is shocking to believe that many Russians think homosexuality is simply a disease, bad habit, or just poor parenting skills. Russian officials say that the ban of homosexual propaganda is in order to protect the children, because it is a non-traditional sexual relationship. The officials also state that there is no discriminating what so ever against the gays because they are still their people. However, that is not true, anybody who appears to support gay rights can and will be arrested. Many homosexuals have been beaten, murdered, fired and harassed while officers stood by and watched.
This propaganda act is a major social issue for Russia, it not only effects the open gays, but also those who do not want to come out and express their sexual orientation, because it is not safe enough. Even the people who are only supporting gay rights will be treated the same. This affects a large part of the population considering it is the majority.
Many Russians citizens speaking in the article have tried to make a difference. But there was just no hope, actual homosexuals or just supporters believe that this is only the beginning of the movement and there is not much they could do about it.
In my opinion, Russian officials in the article are dishonest and disgusting, when it has come to the point where publically not only harassing but killing somebody because of their own personal choices is tolerated then this law needs to be rethought and reconsidered. People should be free to love who they want and be with who they want. Russia has a large homosexual population, these people should not be afraid of who they are, in fact they should be encouraged. It has become very difficult for homosexuals to fight for what they believe in since the country is becoming more and more dangerous to live in for them. Regardless of what they try, their efforts will be neglected.