Gay Rights In Russia

I have been following the Russian movement of not supporting equality for LGBT community. This is putting it lightly since they are doing anything and everything in their power to prevent equal rights.  The Russian government has enacted a series of anti-gay laws in their country, which have been passed and are now part of law.

The Russian government has put a “short-term”, “temporary” ban on Gay-pride parades, after a series of attacks on these parades, of 100 years. So for the next century gay-pride parades will not be allowed in Russia. Russia also passed a law, in June of this year, that bans people even talking about equal rights for gay people or about being gay, this law has been deemed by them as an “anti-propaganda law”. The next law that Russia has passed, prevents Russian children from being adopted by same-sex couples from not just Russia, but any country. They also went so far as to include single people, or unmarried straight couples from adopting as well, if you live in a country that allows same-sex marriage. There are as many as 600,000 Russian children that are up for adoption, that now are limited in this regard from possibly finding a loving family and a home. The next law that Russia is looking to pass contains provisions to allow the government to be able to enter any person in the countries home, and remove children from the care of their parents if those parents are gay. This includes adopted, foster, or biological children.

It has gone so far now that an American group, National Organization for Marriage, has been working with the Russian parliament in order to pass Russians adoption ban for same-sex couples. A leader of this organization, the president, has confirmed that he helped pass this law in the Russian government, and that he is proud of it. This seems to be just the beginning of what Vladamir Putin and the Russian government will be doing, in what seems to be an attempt to eradicate gay culture. Putin has been quoted as saying, “you know what don’t bring this homosexual propaganda into my country for the Olympics; we believe in one man, one woman marriage. There is no room for homosexual marriage in Russia.” What’s the next step? Death by being gay?

What this tells me is that if I was born today in Russia: My parents couldn’t talk about being gay, they couldn’t admit to being gay, they may have even second guessed having me due to all these laws. I could not be adopted by my non-birth mother, even though these are the only two parents that I’ve known and loved. Not only would they be arrested for talking about it, but I would be taken away from them. The government would think that I was better off in an orphanage rather than in the loving arms of a same-sex couple.

Words cannot even describe how wrong Vladamir Putin and the Russian government is, with what they are doing. You would think that the world is changing to be more accepting of all genders, cultures, ethnicities, origins, orientations, social classes, or any other characteristics of a person. Sadly this does not show the leaps and bounds that have been taken, and how far we have come, this shows how far we still have to go…


GOP Rant

So of course today is the day that I have witnessed my first government shutdown. I was too young to remember the previous government shutdown, as well as too young to know what was really happening. As I have gotten older, I now see what my parents were always talking about at the dinner table. How the government can produce meaningful changes, but also about how it can be completely detrimental to the public that it is supposed to be governing.

With the government shutdown now happening, all I can think about is how ineffective congress is being in this matter. If any person in their normal job, acts the way they are, there would be consequences to their actions. This shutdown will put over 800,000 people out of jobs while the shutdown occurs. Now while that is a small percentage of the population, however that is still over twice the number of average new jobless claims, over the past year. I am not pointing fingers at either party, as both parties have their own faults in this matter. This shutdown does not effect me directly, but that does not mean that I think it should be okay to do. We will see how this will effect the markets and economy in the coming weeks.

I hope to see congress be able to pass some sort of change that is bipartisan. As to where both parties stand right now, I do not see that happening. Both parties are hell bent on making sure that they get something out of the deal, and that the other loses something. The democrats effectively want no change to the current working order but don’t want to change anything that the republican party may want, whereas the republicans want to remove things that have been set in place and have already become law by previous democratic parties. They of course come to a crossroads, and sadly the public is standing at the intersection begging for change.

In the following weeks, I will be waiting to see the issue of congress addressing the debt ceiling. That will be for another post in the future. The real issue is that if the government deficit (the full faith and credit of the US government) is used as a weapon, the general public will end up taking the bullet from that gun.