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Moved from the conference through Moscow to the friend's house in Rostov.
At the conference, I ended up talking about the public debate about LGBT in Russian society (details later). Some comments about my panel made me thinking about the balance between activism and scientifical approach. When we are talking about a discriminated group, what is objective point of view, and what is biased? Can I be both an activist and a scientist studying the topic of my activism? And how much does the fact that I'm also a member of this discriminated group tip the balance of objectivity?
It's very important to me to understand this balance, to make it clear, at leas for myself, where is the point of balance.

P.S.: I think I hate polite and friendly educated people who express moderately homophobic views even more than open angry homophobes. It's easy when an angry idiot calls you an abomination; it's hard when an educated intelligent colleague looks you in the eye and politely explains to you that you are a second-class citizen.
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There's a discussion on The non-queerness of our current Who that has so. much. fail in comments, I can't stop wincing. There was a lot of win in comments, too. But fail grabbed me stronger. I'm very sensitive these days.

# It is a family show. Queers aren't allowed in a family show because they are enemies of family. Also, naughty queers.
# It's for children, not for teenagers as RTD's era was. Again, children should never see queers. They can get queer cooties. Right through the screen.
# Moffat isn't gay so he doesn't think about gay agenda when writing his stories. Minority stories are for the minorities to tell (to each other, probably) while privileged people enjoy their privilege to forget about the existence of said minorities.
# The story isn't about relationships, romance and/or love. So we can have blatantly heterosexual people all around flirting/in love/married/having families (not to mention heterosexual couple as the main characters and a wedding as a major plot point), and the story isn't about romance, but having any kind of queer representation makes it about romance.
# I watch for the story, not for romace/sexual situations. And queers can't be action characters, they are all about queer sexuality.
# Most foregrounded relationships in the series are between parents and children. And queers can't be parents. Never.
# Heterosexual relashionship aren't really in your face. But they are in background all the time, and did I mention heterosexual couple as main characters and a wedding?
# It is close to the ratio of straight/queer in real life. No, it's not, even if we take only quantity not quality (i.e. one short remark vs wedding storyline).
# I assume that River is bisexual/Eleven is asexual/character N is queer, so add it to your list. Can we please stop talking about subtext while discussing text? Subtext is in the eyes of the beholder. Those who want see it, those who don't - don't. Text is a slogan, a speech, a statement of existence. Queers were in the closet of subtext for too long. Thank you, but no.
# And my personal peeve: I'm bisexual, and I don't care whether there are queer storilines or not, because I make no difference between genders/don't look specifically for queer references. So you are okay with dating any gender but seeing only straight couples on screen? Well, I'm bi, and I'm not okay with it. Because I'm tired of feeling that one half of my sexual identity is forbidden while the other is supported by society, and that I have to choose sides. I want not to care about the gender of people kissing on my screen, but because nobody cares, not because I'm blind to the unequality and queer invisibility.

Grrr *shakes fist*
svollga: (lgbt)
For just 10 minutes, 40 Belarusians and Russians waived a 12 meters long rainbow flag for a short march of approximately 200 meters. They were at first met by a large group of journalists, photographers and TV crew. But when they reached the first crossing point, they were trapped by several vans of anti-riot police.
http://www.towleroad.com/2010/05/belarus-pride-parade-ends-violently.html
svollga: (lgbt)
Head of State Duma (main body of Russian goverment) Committee in International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev stated in the interview that Russian goverment basically doesn't want to accept the“Gay Rights” Resolution of Council of Europe Assembly (“Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity”) which it grudgingly signed on April 1st.
He said that it's bad that Russia is forced to:
- educate people on homosexuality and transsexuality
- allow LGBT public events
- register LGBT organisations.
We can't have it. It destroys out 'traditional values'. Gay propaganda is the main threat to Russia. Oh, woe.
svollga: (lgbt)
There's a lovely spring flashmob in Moscow, DreamFlash, when people go the the Arbat with soap bubbles. There are all kinds of freaks and fancy dress and fun and additional events like Free Hugs. And there are always LGBT people, with rainbow flags and drawing on their cheeks and so on. It's a gay-friendly all-inclusive flashmob. No politics at all.

This year, some people decided to repeat in in Saint-Petersburg. And some idiots from LGBT community decided not just to go and be openly gay, but to announce it widely in the Internet as 'gay-pride' (though there are political, real gay-prides planned for later in th year in several cities). Result? An OMON squad, people arrested, beaten up, journalist arrested, too, attempts to confiscate cameras and/or to delete pictures and records.

Now, people outside of LGBT community are angry at LGBT. People inside of the LGBT community are angry at the idiots who called it gay-pride.
The interesting thing is, almost nobody says anything really angry against the OMON and goverment. People think it's normal - not good, but normal - to break down a peaceful event just because there are some gays openly participating in it.

Fuck it.

lytdybr

Apr. 13th, 2010 06:37 pm
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# I'm back home after three days at Week Against Homophobia at Moscow. I'm of two minds about it. On one hand, the fact that there is at least some activity is good. On the other hand, it's small, and poorly organized, and mostly visited by lgbt people who talk about how they are oppressed and don't know what to do.
Also, there is a huge rift between a small and loud and scandalous group which tries to organise Gay Pride in Moscow every year since 2006, and always gets arrested for illegal activity, and a quiter educational group. It seems that the 'pride' group, especially their leader, does everything to get the Pride forbidden and themselves arrested, because it makes the news, and they can then cry for help from the West. And the educational group doesn't want to have anything with the Pride's leader because he's scandalous and prone to demagogy.
Oh, and of course, everyone is talking about how the goverment is bad, the society is wrong, there are thousand of problems everywhere, and nobody cares about a handful of queers, so we should sit tight and wait until economics and education and human rights in the country get better.

# Now I want to both do something huge like Harvey Milk and hide in my small fannish escapistic world.

# Speaking of fannish escapism: I love Liz Ten. Basically, she rules.
svollga: (lgbt)
Constitutional Court of Russian Federation considers that the law forbidding the 'propaganda of homosexuality' does not contradict the Constitution.

There is no firm definition of 'propaganda', so basically, anything fits - including sexual education programmes and any kind of positive gay visibility in media.

There is no law forbidding homophobic speeches and defamation of homosexuality.

So, basically, any homophobic bigot can say that it is bad and wrong to be homosexual, and all the awful homosexuals are pedophilic deviants, but no one has the legal right to say that homosexuality is a variation of norm, and homosexuals are normal people.

It is one law in one county (oblast), and it is aimed at 'propaganda homosexuality to underage'. But the fact that it exists and is considered contitutional shows how much we 'don't have any discrimination of gays' in Russia, as our goverment stated.

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