Apr. 13th, 2010

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.


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.


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