By Cathy Kristofferson, May 25, 2013
Update May 26 – Video add down below
We reported earlier here on OBLOGDEE about Ukraine’s 1st ever Gay Pride March happily occurring despite multiple political attempts to derail it. The folks in Moscow were not so lucky.
Today in the Russian capital of Moscow, activists and opponents clashed in an unsanctioned gay rights rally that led to the arrest of at least 30 gay rights campaigners and Christian Orthodox vigilantes. Police also enforced the city’s new ban on gay rights demonstrations.
The gay rights campaigners were trying to unfurl banners denouncing the Kremlin-backed anti-gay legislation in front of Russia’s lower house of parliament when they were attacked by vigilantes carrying religious icons and crosses.
Like the Ukraine, Russia decriminalized homosexuality in the early 1990s but levels of homophobia continue to rise. Today’s violence comes amid claims by both gays and allies that the government and the Christian Orthodox churches encourage vigilante groups to commit these acts of violence.
You may remember that we reported here in February about Scott Lively’s congratulatory blog post of his letter to the Russian people when the Kremlin gave preliminary approval to anti-gay legislation many believe would effectively ban gay rights demonstrations, where Lively noted:
“On Jan. 25 of this year the Russian State Duma, its highest legislative body, voted to prohibit homosexual advocacy to children, following the enactment of similar legislation in a number of Russian cities, including St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk (the capital of Siberia). I am personally very pleased to see this development, having called specifically for legislation of this sort in my speaking tour of the former Soviet Union in 2006 and 2007.”
So whenever we see such hate and violence in Russia, as we did today, be assured that Scott Lively’s hands, along with those of the Russian Christian Orthodox Church, are all over it, causing the harm and persecution he tries to bluff does not exist, when he purports to be merely exercising his First Amendment Rights. (and supposing the U.S. First Amendment Rights are available to Lively in the former Soviet Union.)
When will the United States and the United Nations step up and put actions to their words? Just one month ago UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said “LGBT rights is one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time”.
Yes they are. So what are we doing about it?
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Police broke up a homophobic and aggressive actions to protect the rights of LGBT people in Moscow. May 25, 2013, video Dmitry Zykov.
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