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. 

LINK: 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

Comments

This article first caught my attention because of the informative title; I knew right away that I would be interested in hearing what this article had to say about equal rights. After reading, I know more than what the article says about equal rights; I know what another country says about equal rights. Where I come from, there have been a lot of issues with people coming out publically because of how they would be treated. My school had a father come talk to us about his experience. When his son admitted to being gay he was harassed so much and beaten by other students, that he eventually committed suicide. There is always a story on the news about someone taking their own life because they can’t be whom they are. It is really important to myself, and to those in my community, that everyone feels safe in their own skin. Both the main article, and the summary that was written about the article are beautifully written and informative. I was blindsided by my own culture, and was clueless as to how this situation was handled in other countries. I strongly agree with the opinion presented in the last paragraph. Russian officials are revolting, and nobody should be killed for loving someone of the same sex. I would love to see a world where the word gay is not an adjective used to describe something that is in bad taste. The summary was wrapped up in a touching manor; homosexuals should be encouraged, they should be aloud to fight for what they believe, and anyone, homosexual or not, should be aloud to fight for homosexual rights.

Wow,I have no words to describe myself after reading this summary. I cannot believe that people still and act like this to other people. We always talk about equality and how it is important in a society, but when it is time to time to talk about love, same love, it is something that is more difficult to do. I just do not understand why people want a private life but still make comments about how others live. To me, it is a question of respect, no one wants other to know what they do, and so does the homosexual. They want to marry why not? We are not invited, we will not be there, so why people are so concern about it? Some Russians beat and even kill homosexual because they are not like them or rather not as they would. It is time for them to know what is really matter in their own life. Also, people who think that homosexual have issue and are disgusted about them, they just have to not pay attention, live and let live.

Wow,I have no words to describe myself after reading this summary. I cannot believe that people still and act like this to other people. We always talk about equality and how it is important in a society, but when it is time to time to talk about love, same love, it is something that is more difficult to do. I just do not understand why people want a private life but still make comments about how others live. To me, it is a question of respect, no one wants other to know what they do, and so does the homosexual. They want to marry why not? We are not invited, we will not be there, so why people are so concern about it? Some Russians beat and even kill homosexual because they are not like them or rather not as they would. It is time for them to know what is really matter in their own life. Also, people who think that homosexual have issue and are disgusted about them, they just have to not pay attention, live and let live.

This article first caught my attention because I am a strong supporter of gay rights, therefore it amazes me that homosexuals are still persecuted and discriminated against in certain parts of the world. It’s crazy to think that people are treated as if they are not human beings just because they think differently. A person in Russia will be arrested if they support gay rights. The fact that people are beaten, murdered, and harassed for this is appalling! In my opinion no one should be discriminated against for what makes them happy. If one person decides to be happy with one person why should it affect another person enough to get involved? This issue is huge in Russia because are afraid of what will happen to them if there honest. I agree 100% with this person’s response because if Russian officers actually sit back and watch this discrimination towards others than that is just wrong. People can’t help the way there were made, if they chose to be a certain way then that is their decision and nobody else’s.

It blows my mind that there are still issues regarding homosexuals. I don’t see why people take it upon themselves to worry about other people and fight for others to not have the right to do what they want. Its crazy that the homosexuals in Russia are being killed and tortured just due to the fact that they are homosexual. The people who are torturing the homosexuals probably don’t realize how inhumane they are being. If they were to a moment to actually think about their actions they might realize how ridiculous they are being. Killing innocent people for no good reason is wrong. Homosexuals are no different then heterosexuals, therefore have no right to be treated different just because others think what they are doing is wrong.

My reaction to this article is just wow. I can't believe there are even laws like that in other countries. I agree 100% with you. Why should an individual be beaten and even killed just because of their sexual orientation. Not only the individuals coming out but also people supporting gay rights have the same treatment. I believe this law needs to be banned because no person should be treated differently just because of their choice and the way they want to live their life. The killing of innocent people is always wrong and the Russian government have no right to punish homosexuals.

This information is unfortunately unsurprising. Many people feel the US is behind in it's human rights. But many countries are still incredibly oppressive towards many - women, children, special needs, homosexuals and transgender. While the LGBT population has support outside their country, it is their fight. We can only report and support them. It seems like the Russian government lacks education on LGBTs and their history, claiming that the law is about "protecting the children". As this review and the article explain, it almost seems like there is no hope. The issues in Syria and the upcoming Olympics are overshadowing this issue. I almost see this policy as a slap in the face to Obama who has recently come out in favor of equal rights. But I see this as an upcoming movement. While I wish it could just be easy and there would be no dispute that these are human rights, it's almost as if Russia needs it's own Stonewall.

After reading this post, it honestly took a while to really soak in. I never really took a real opinion on the gay rights issue; I always felt that they should be allowed to love whoever, and whomever they wanted. But I always had that “whatever” kind of feeling, yet after reading that post I felt obligated to make a statement. For the Russian culture to say that homosexuality is a disease, and a poor parenting conflict, sounds awfully familiar from our countries past hatred towards them. But our country has come a long way from where it once was. The thought of the Russians acting that way is disgusting, and undescribable. Homosexuals are just as normal as everyone else.
Our country has a long way to go, although America is making large steps towards homosexual equality. The ‘Gay Rights’ campaign is still alive and thriving, and will only seem to move on to other countries if Russia’s inequality keeps up. Thank you for opening my eyes to this PROBLEM in Russia.

Reading this article made me furious. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that people can not express who they really are. It is a shame that people are dying and being publicly humiliated for expressing their true feelings. I grew up in a society where homosexuality was completely expectable. I was always taught to never pretend to be someone you are not. It is so sad that people in Russia can not do that. I have a cousin who is homosexual and my family and I support her all the way. I wish there is something that could be done to stop all the discrimination happening in Russia. I agree with your opinion and it appears we share similar views. This article was very well written and very easy to ready, i enjoyed reading it.

I’ve actually never heard about this situation going on in Russia. I do agree with you on how everyone should be able to be with whom they wish. Of course, there will be those who completely disagree and are against homosexuality but people should never be punished because they choose to have relations with the same sex as them. It is disturbing to know that people are actually being harassed and beaten publically because they’re gay. What is worst to accept is the fact that it’s being tolerated! Everyone should be able to live up to his or her own free will and be with whom they please. I understand that individuals wouldn’t want their children to witness homosexuality or be around it because it can mess the children up but the truth is there will be homosexuals everywhere. What can we do about it? Everyone should be able love who they want and believe in whatever they choose. One should never be punished for it. That’s so unfair. Personally, I don’t agree with homosexuality but at the end of the day I do understand everyone deserves to be respected for what they believe in and what they want to do with their life. I hope the fight against bashing homosexuality in Russia can come to an end one day. States like California and New York have legalized gay marriage after many voices being heard. Maybe even more people should put up a fight in Russia despite of the punishments to show officials the urge for some change and then eventually officials wouldn’t treat protesters for gay rights and gay individuals in such harsh ways.

After reading this article I was completely shocked. I can't believe that people are being tortured and killed just because they are homosexual. This law needs to be banned because no person should be treated differently just because of their sexuality. This act is very inhumane and should be a top issue in the world. I grew up in a family that is completely acceptable with the homosexual culture and this article really effected me because some of our family friends are homosexual. I can't even believe that people close to me would be tortured or killed if we lived in Russia. This article brings attention to a very important issue that needs to be dealt with.

I couldn't agree more with your post. It was very shocking for me to hear as well, and I don't think it's right what so ever that Russians discriminate against homosexuals and that there are laws put in place to ban homosexuality. Homosexuality should be a personal choice in my opinion and should have nothing to do with the law. Every person should be equal and have the ability to chose what kind of life they want to live. This is a topic that comes out very frequently in the news where i'm from and it is a major issue in our country as well but it is started to become a little more accepted than it was in the past. I very strongly agree with your opinions in this post and i'm glad to see that you chose to write about this topic. Very well written article!

Anything that has to do with homosexuality always seems interesting because equal rights are at stake, so your title was very catchy. Its crazy how people still have negative feelings toward homosexuality especially in the case of marriage where I’m from. People all around the world commit suicide because they are ashamed of what people will think if they come out of the closet. What caught me the most was when you said, “It is shocking to believe that many Russians think homosexuality is simply a disease, bad habit, or just poor parenting skills.” That statement just shows people’s ignorance toward homosexuality because the ones saying stuff like that don’t even take into consideration the other person’s feelings/struggles. Your essay was well written and on a very interesting topic. Keep up the good work.

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