Life Goes On For Gays In Olympic Sochi

Life Goes On For Gays In Olympic Sochi

There are 21 comments on the EDGE story from Feb 9, 2014, titled Life Goes On For Gays In Olympic Sochi. In it, EDGE reports that:

The mascara-lined eyes of a petite man dressed in a tuxedo greet visitors after they buzz at the armor-plated door of a one-storey building.

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Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#2 Feb 9, 2014
Leon wrote:
Way to go Russia!
Protect your children from the gay scourge!
Children are born either gay; bisexual; or straight
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If you can change that Miss Leon; then PROVE IT by changing YOUR sexual orientation

“Equality marches on! ”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#3 Feb 9, 2014
Rainbow Kid wrote:
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Children are born either gay; bisexual; or straight
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If you can change that Miss Leon; then PROVE IT by changing YOUR sexual orientation
He knows the truth. He thinks by posting otherwise he can convince himself to fight back all his closeted desires. Epic fail!
david traversa

Cordoba, Argentina

#5 Feb 9, 2014
The crucial question being : Who will protect children from their own parents scourge ? This is an universal problem .. and a serious one .
Campy

Las Vegas, NV

#6 Feb 9, 2014
david traversa wrote:
The crucial question being : Who will protect children from their own parents scourge ? This is an universal problem .. and a serious one .
David, are you implying that your rough childhood made you queer?
Leon_s Mother

Pineville, MO

#7 Feb 9, 2014
Bow-wow! Arf! Woof!
lol

Toronto, Canada

#8 Feb 9, 2014
Putin insists he is 'not prejudiced in any way' after outcry against anti-gay 'propaganda law'... and he 'has gay friends and likes Elton John' to prove it
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-25421...
Tomas

Tallinn, Estonia

#9 Feb 9, 2014
lol wrote:
Putin insists he is 'not prejudiced in any way' after outcry against anti-gay 'propaganda law'... and he 'has gay friends and likes Elton John' to prove it
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-25421...
Mr. Putin is the greatest leader in the world today!

Hail Mother Russia!
david traversa

Cordoba, Argentina

#10 Feb 9, 2014
Campy wrote:
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David, are you implying that your rough childhood made you queer?
I had a privileged childhood ; you obviously didn't ; that's what I mean .
Campy

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Feb 9, 2014
david traversa wrote:
<quoted text>I had a privileged childhood ; you obviously didn't ; that's what I mean .
So now, as an adult queer, you are still looking for special privileges.

Since: Jan 08

Rayong, Thailand

#13 Feb 10, 2014
Ah, the bigots here think they are being so clever with their diatribes posted anonymously. What a bunch if cowards. Here's hoping all their grandchildren are gay!
JF

Hilo, HI

#15 Feb 10, 2014
We are going way overboard with this gay agenda, this is a bit odd, maybe even queer in some venues

Since: Mar 09

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#17 Feb 10, 2014
JF wrote:
We are going way overboard with this gay agenda, this is a bit odd, maybe even queer in some venues
What "agenda" is that?

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#18 Feb 10, 2014
snyper wrote:
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What "agenda" is that?
You didn't get your copy? Mine is updated every year on the anniversary of my coming out. I save them all. In May of this year I will get my 55th issue. I'm thinking of scanning them and saving them on a CD to save space. I thought there was an agreement to keep them confidential, but the "phobes" must have somehow gotten a copy.
Vicky Nuland Kagan

United States

#19 Feb 11, 2014
"Life Goes On For Gays In Olympic Sochi"

Yeah, but do they have gay nude beaches there, like in Croatia?

If not, we'll have to organize a coup d'etat.

We're finding that working with neo-nazi groups like the Croats neo-ustase and.Ukes svoboda is pretty convenient. They swallow anything.
Vicky Nuland Kagan

United States

#20 Feb 11, 2014
Oops, forgot why I added that last part.

Now I remember: For any Russian neo-nazis out there, please slip our ambassador McFaul a note under the door with contact numbers before he leaves for his new assignment.
the galloping gourmet

United States

#21 Feb 11, 2014
snyper wrote:
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What "agenda" is that?
Last I heard, it was:

"Let's share the happiness and make the whole world bury their noses in our butts, instead of just close friends."

You know, THAT agenda.
propagayda exposed

United States

#23 Feb 11, 2014
Amid the furore, it's easy to overlook some simple facts. Homosexuality in Russia – unlike more than 40 countries in the Commonwealth and 70 worldwide – is not illegal. To date, over six months since the law came into force, fewer than a dozen people have been fined for "gay propaganda". Not a single person has been jailed. Russian police do not have powers to detain people they suspect of simply being gay or lesbian, as a New York Times leader erroneously stated last year. If this were so, then how do we explain the fact that gay clubs are able to advertise and operate in Moscow and other big cities?

And, no, gay people are not, as Fry claims, being beaten to death "while police stand idly by". If this were the case, would police in Volgograd have arrested and charged three men with murder last year over what investigators called a homophobic hate crime? Would the men who carried out a brutal homophobic killing in the east of Russia this month have been sent to penal colonies? Would the thug who attacked a gay rights activist for unfurling a rainbow flag during an Olympic torch relay in central Russia have been sentenced to corrective labour? The authorities should and must be far more vigilant in punishing perpetrators of hate crimes, but these are hardly the hallmarks of a campaign of state-sponsored terror.

If Putin is indeed waging war on Russia's LGBT community, then why has he not followed the example of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, which has just introduced a new law that stipulates jail sentences of up to 14 years for gay people? Or India, the world's largest democracy, where the supreme court recently reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex? If he wants to get really harsh, of course, Putin could look to Saudi Arabia, whose habit of executing homosexuals has done little to break up what Barack Obama has called the "long history of friendship" between Washington and Riyadh. This, of course, is the same Obama who has "no patience" for Russia's gay propaganda law.

Comparisons with the antisemitic laws of the Nazis are both insulting and inappropriate. How insulting? Well, Nikolai Alexeyev, a prominent LGBT activist who earlier this year became the first person to be fined £70 under the federal gay propaganda law, has hit out at western reporting of the issue as biased and hypocritical.

Any attempt to highlight such contradictions is, of course, routinely dismissed as "whataboutism". But this is an increasingly unsatisfactory comeback. The Kremlin clearly has no intention of ignoring such double standards. Just look at the pleasure Putin took in pointing out that more than 10 US states still have sodomy laws on the books.

Had he been aware of it, he would also undoubtedly have seized upon a 2013 report by Stonewall, which revealed that one in six lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK had been the victim of a homophobic hate crime or incident in the previous three years. "Gay people still suffer abuse in all areas of their life – from strangers, neighbours, workmates and even family," the report read. "Many of those who engage with the criminal justice system come away dissatisfied as so many crimes and incidents are reported but not followed up."

No country likes being lectured to, especially when that criticism is so often seen as disproportionate and ill-informed. Russians are no exception, and the all too common anti-Russia rhetoric coming from the west over issues from gay rights to Syria and Pussy Riot has fostered a sense of national persecution. It also allows Putin to position himself as Russia's sole protector in the face of a vicious "information war" against Mother Russia. Little wonder that the ex-KGB officer's electoral ratings have just shot up to their highest level for nearly 10 years.
JF

United States

#24 Feb 11, 2014
I find it a bit odd, queer even

Since: Mar 11

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#25 Feb 11, 2014
fr exposed:

>...It also allows Putin to position himself as Russia's sole protector in the face of a vicious "information war" against Mother Russia. Little wonder that the ex-KGB officer's electoral ratings have just shot up to their highest level for nearly 10 years. <

Putin is a hasbeen, and is NOT popular among decent people.Where'd you find this drivel, the Russian version of WhirledNUTSdaily?
propagayda exposed

United States

#26 Feb 11, 2014
Pattysboi wrote:
Where'd you find this drivel, the Russian version of WhirledNUTSdaily?
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014...

No need to apologize.

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