EDITORIAL: LGBT is RIP back in the USSR

EDITORIAL

LGBT is RIP back in the USSR

One of the most telling features of the recent U.S. presidential elections was that gay marriage was banned by voters in referendums in several states by the same margin that Barack Obama was elected — in other words, these socially conservative measures were enacted by Obama voters.  If you add on top of that how surprisingly well John McCain did, and the extent to which Obama voters were motivated by frenzied hatred of George Bush rather than rationally-based respect for their own candidate and his qualifications, you begin to see that Obama’s support isn’t really as wide and deep as some might like to imagine.

But if LGBT partisans think they have it bad in the United States, they should cast their glance across the Atlantic (or, for that matter, the Pacific) and take a look at Russia. It will make them feel much better, as virtually any comparison to Russia almost always has that effect on those lucky enough to be living someplace else.  And maybe, must maybe, it will make them want to start acting in political solidarity with their oppressed brothers and sisters behind the new Iron Curtain.

In a feature entitled “Closeted Russia,” the In These Times website tells the tale.   It quotes Kevin Moss, editor of the anthology Out of the Blue: Russia’s Hidden Gay Literature:   “It’s strange.  Before, you could almost understand the secrecy, and yet now, even with all the contact Russia has with the West, gay people just aren’t out.”  That’s because, in fact, Russia has far less “contact” with the West and its values than most people know, or care to admit.

ITT offers a telling anecdote on Russia’s neo-Soviet barbarism:

When Irina Sergeeva first ventured outside her native Russia, she was struck by the contrast between gay culture at home and in Western cities like New York. There aren’t a lot of places for gays in Russia beyond bars and clubs that dot its big cities, she says: “If you don’t want to drink beer or alcohol, there’s nowhere to go.” For years, Sergeeva, along with Ksenia Zemskaya and Manny de Guerre, tried to think of ways to enrich the lives of gay people in Russia. Finally, in 2007, they decided to organize a film festival — though they had no experience with organizing. Bok o Bok (or “Side by Side”), Russia’s first international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film festival, was scheduled for Oct. 2 to 5 in St. Petersburg. Organizers anticipated 3,000 to 4,000 attendees. But on the morning of Oct. 2, the St. Petersburg fire department — citing code violations — closed the venues where the event was to take place. “We have partners, we pay taxes, we are whole people,” says Zemskaya. “But most gay Russians don’t have a vision of themselves in the future.”

That makes them just like most other Russians, heterosexual nor not. What does it say about Russians’ “vision of themeslves in the future” that they choose to be governed by a proud KGB spy, who’s even now as we speak preparing to return to power as “president” for life.  Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, supposedly the elected representative of all the people, openly calls homsexual gatherings “satantic” and Putin does nothing about it, nor does he do anything about rampant racism and race-based killings.

Russians have never given any other way of life anything like a fair chance. They’ve never once replaced one party of power with another in a national election, as America has just done again this year for the umpteenth time, nor have they ever been governed by a person not steeped in the traditions of the USSR.  Russians have chosen instead to embrace their failed past with all its xenophobia, hatred, bigotry and arrogance. They have chosen to reject Western values before even properly understanding them, and they’ve chosen to ignore the litany of failed policies enacted by their KGB regime.

They will suffer the consequences, just as Russians did in Soviet times.

6 responses to “EDITORIAL: LGBT is RIP back in the USSR

  1. “Feminism, Socialism, and Communism are one in the same, and Socialist/Communist government is the goal of feminism.” – Catharine A. MacKinnon, Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (First Harvard University Press, 1989), p.10

    “A world where men and women would be equal is easy to visualize, for that precisely is what the Soviet Revolution promised.” – Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (New York, Random House, 1952), p.806

    “The Women’s Caucus [endorses] Marxist-Leninist thought.” — Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Powerful, p. 597

    and many many more…

  2. I voted Yes on Proposition 8. You would have thought the world had come to the end. The hate spewed towards us is unconscionable. I have no enmity towards these people. I really don’t care what two consenting adults do in their own homes.

    I just believe there are distinct differences between men and women and marriage symbolizes those differences as coming together to form a union, which in most cases produces a social good in children.

    To put gay relationships on par with heterosexual unions dismisses the differences between the sexes and basically calls for a genderless society. And well, that, is not how the world is. Now, in California, civil unions carry the same rights as marriage. So Gays are not second class citizens. Nor are they discriminated against. If Gays really cared about human rights, they should direct their hot air towards anti gay regimes in Russia, Cuba, North Korea, Iran

  3. “Feminism, Socialism, and Communism are one in the same, and Socialist/Communist government is the goal of feminism.” – Catharine A. MacKinnon, Toward a Feminist Theory of the State (First Harvard University Press, 1989), p.10

    *sigh* she either had been thoroughly brainwashed by the communists and/or had never been to USSR.

    Seriously. Everything of sexual content was hushed, never talked about – except for abortion. The first informative literature for the public on intimacy of the straightly marital kind appeared in the end of the 1980’s, before that there was what the parents deemed necessary to tell their offspring.

    No wonder the countrys population is collapsing under the strains of unprotected sex – they just don’t talk about “that kind of stuff”

    And if they don’t talk about condoms or anti-baby-pills, then obviously they’re not talking about alternative ways of life, at least not in a positive way.

  4. Kolchak said: “If Gays really cared about human rights, they should direct their hot air towards anti gay regimes in Russia, Cuba, North Korea, Iran”

    An American conservative hypocrite at his finest. To these people “feedom and justice for all” is not universal. As Kolchak here admits to supporting proposition 8 restricting gays the freedom straight people enjoy. The fact that Proposition 8 passed shows that gays are discriminated against in the USA, but Kolchak here likes to claim that eventhough rights were taken from gays with this proposition, they’re still not second class citizens. This ignorance reminds me of the segregated south, when KKK-affiliated southerners with all their racist segregation laws still maintained that people of color were treated equally and fairly under the law. Why should American gays worry about the violation of gay rights in other countries, when their rights are being violated in the USA?

    “Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, supposedly the elected representative of all the people, openly calls homsexual gatherings “satantic”…”

    The American conservatives certainly agree with him on that. This is coming from people who supported McCain/Palin who have made no secret their bigotry against homosexuals. The hypocrisy here in unbelievable. Its like condemning Apartheid in South Africa, and praising the Nazis (only this never occured).

  5. TB, I don’t know what you have been taught. America just elected the the first president from a minority group since Kennedy. I hope Obama doesn’t cave to logic impaired individuals like yourself, and lead us into another 40 years of crisis.

  6. Kolchak said: “If Gays really cared about human rights, they should direct their hot air towards anti gay regimes in Russia, Cuba, North Korea, Iran”

    ah… they believe that those regimes offer them the freedom and power that they deserve!!!

    thats why they are working hard to make that kind of regime here…

    wait till they find out the truth the hard way!!!
    that once the change is complete, that the majority of the traitors that helped are treated as just that, traitors, deviants, and dysgenic.

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