Did you know that Russia’s new laws could send you to jail if you are “pro-gay”. Although nobody is really certain what that means, the growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law just as Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics is troublesome in the least.
CNN has an interesting opinion piece entitled Make Olympics in Russia the Gayest Ever. The editorial offers suggestions on how to support greater acceptance if not equality for the LGBT community at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. In case you think this is all an overreaction – check out some of the recent legislation passed by Putin.
Did you know there is a law that allows police to arrest “pro-gay” tourists? There is another law that labels any writing or statement calling for tolerance or equality (like this blog post) as pornography and is punishable by fine and jail time. Putin also banned adoptions of Russian children to any country where LGBT marriage is legal. Rumors now suggest the Russian government may start to remove children from same-sex couples.
What do you make of the vigilante laws in Russia that encourage violence against the LGBT community? I can’t even wrap my head around this.