Did you celebrate marriage equality in Cali? Did you go to SF Pride and throw yourself into the mosh-pit of queers as you celebrated the long awaited strike of DOMA?
Russians are not only living in fear, they are being targeted for being LGBTQUIA and cannot celebrate in public. Not only Russians are subject to this law but foreigners will be held for over two weeks and kicked out of Russia if they are found to be ‘pro-gray’. What happens in the 15 days? I don’t want to find out.
However, the 2014 Olympic LBTQUIA athletes might get detained if they are openly gay/queer.
The athletes can legally be detained and kicked out of Russia. They might get tortured if they are publicly displaying any affection or showing support for LGBTQUIA communities- I say this because there is footage circulating youtube on the attacks on LGBTQUIA members, especially young gay males.
This is a genocide seen one too many times.
Hate is legal. Anything seen as ‘pro-gay’ will be attacked. If we are left to define the law by our own accord, we will continue to have marginalized communities suffering violence and death at the hands of those who have the right according to the law-this goes beyond Stand your ground, more like 6 feet underground. Sound familiar? We have our own experience with these types of laws as we meet the Zimmerman’s of the world who get to go on trial to reveal the broken system in our democracy-hate is supported by the law. Who will aid the Russian LGBTQUIA?
Now it is in full effect, like “Desaparecidos” style- I wouldn’t be surprised if these young LGBTQUIA generation will be erased, like they do not deserve to exist. Not only are they being targeted, they are being sought out, tricked by the ‘law abiding citizens’ to admit they are LGBTQUIA and who can show their torture victims off like trophies.
Perhaps holding these LGBTQUIA torture-trophies up in the air like gold medals can be addressed with the next Olympics. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) response is“[We] would like to reiterate our long commitment to non-discriminate against those taking part in the Olympic Games,” The IOC told Gay Star News The IOC is an open organization and athletes of all orientations will be welcome at the Games.”
What can be done? “For starters, cities like Los Angeles, Quebec and Paris should drop, or suspend, their Sister City relationships with Russian cities.” Says Americablog.com
What is being done? RUSA LGBT, a Russian-speaking LGBT organization based in New York has decided to ban the 2014 Olympics: “LGBT people in Russia are scared, they live in fear, and we want people to be aware of the issue. If they feel strongly about human rights they should boycott the Olympics in Sochi,” said Nina Long, co-president of the organization in an interview with RIA Novosti, a state-run news outlet.
We have to go beyond banning vodka at LGBTQUIA bars/clubs. The Olympics and sports in general are usually a field utilized for responses on political and social issues/upheavals. ‘Sports diplomacy uses the sport as a means to influence diplomatic, social, and political relations.’ (Wikepedia) This will also be played out in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
How fortunate we are to have the Olympics in Russia in order to address this ongoing crime on human rights. Only on this huge playing field can we truly exercise our voices, it seems. Let them ring, louder than any cheers for any flag, any country, any sport-the LGBTQUIA community will not be left to be a sport by those that think they are official referees for humanity, including Putin and draconian Russia, who are playing God, post-communism. How unfortunate/devastating/cruel/inhumane it will continue to be for LGBTQUIA Russians until they can reach their equality/civil victory.