06 August 2014

LGBT Group Continues to Insult Russian People

Russian Anti-Gay Law
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) tries to defy the law in their effort to undermine the Russian government and insult the majority who wasn’t to be spared from being exposed to their toxic lifestyle.

Even if it is against the basic law of the land, the Russian government decided to be patient with the LGBT community who demanded that they be allowed to hold their despicable pride parade in St. Petersburg. Hence, as a sign of tolerance, the government asked the LGBT community to hold their annual affair near a newly developed land.

Since 2010, the government has denied the group, Ravnopraviye (Equality), permission to host rallies in public areas and has instead suggested alternative out-of-the-way sites in far off villages. This year, City Hall designated a large space on Vasilievsky Island near the Gulf of Finland covered with tall grass. The designated area is "a narrow path in the grass for the march and a two-meter-deep, 10-meter-wide square pit in the ground for the stationary rally."

However, LGBT groups want nothing to do with any peaceful gesture from the government. They appear to be on the path of destructive march and insist on what they want even if nobody in Russia wants to have anything to do with them.

“We are confident in our right to public assemblies stated in the constitution and we will insist on it by any means possible, including taking to the street in case of another groundless ban from the city authorities,” the group said in a statement.

LGBT groups sought to defy authorities and staging a gay pride parade in 2013. Fortunately, peace loving citizens of Russia was able to coordinate with police authorities and made swift arrests. About 1,000 counter protesters held signs reading “Sodomy will not pass” and threw "eggs and rocks" at the activists. Police arrested dozens of people, but were overpowered by a large segment of the population who struck and beat the unruly gay people.

Russia decriminalized homosexual behavior in 1993, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, but classified homosexuality as a mental illness until 1999.

Last year, President Vladimir Putin signed a ban against so-called "homosexual propaganda" at public events and the dissemination of materials to young people. Earlier this week, a St. Petersburg court labeled an LGBT rights group based in Russia a foreign agent. The designation “implies that a group carries out work on behalf of foreign countries, and restricts the work they can do and messages communicated.”

Public opinions show that just "39 percent of Russians believe that gays and lesbians should have the same rights as heterosexuals," a drop from 2005, when 51 percent of respondents agreed with the sentiment. Forty-five percent of Russians told pollsters that people become gay "because of seduction or of their own licentiousness."