Russian LGBT people being tracked down by their government

Russia 2October 2, 2014 – Reported by DiabmondBackOnline.com – LGBT students at this university have a host of problems we struggle with due to our sexuality. These issues include coming out to new friends, fearing rejection from those close to you and fighting the daily battle of self-acceptance. We also face troubles beyond the boundaries of sexuality that are universal “college problems.” We worry about our grades, we worry about our friendships and we worry about what party we’re going to this weekend. We have the luxury to worry about a hundred other things that seem like the most important things in the world, but pale in comparison to the problems many who identify as LGBT face every day.

LGBT Russians have a set of problems that none of us can truly understand. The Russian government, openly discriminatory against the LGBT community, recently passed a law known as the LGBT Propaganda Law. It criminalizes any homosexual propaganda, meaning public displays of affection, discourse about LGBT topics or political organizing to push for LGBT rights, which can result in hefty fines and jail time. The Russian government justifies the law by claiming it protects children from being “turned gay” by LGBT activists.

Think that’s it? Pride parades have been banned from Moscow for the next 100 years, LGBT tourists can be detained and deported if caught being openly gay and Russia’s highest court upheld the propaganda law, saying it was, “… necessary to prevent children from being recruited into non-heterosexual society.”…

via Russian LGBT people being tracked down by their government – The Diamondback : Diversions.

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