You can be proud to be gay. Why do you have to show it off in a parade I do not understand however. Especially when doing so antagonizes a large part of the population. Also take into account what happened at the unauthorized "parades" in Moscow. The Police are there, they turn a blind eye and only start apprehending people when the gay protesters start getting attacked and beaten by the radical Christians/Jews/Muslims. (talk about putting your religious differences aside, eh?)
Well, not sure about myself, but with that comment you have proven to me that you are definitely ignorant. And you don't get a choice.
|Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 39):|
I can see rally authorization (you need protest permits or something like that in the US) but why can't you have a gay pride parade if you go through the normal channels? Because the "majority" doesn't support gay marriage? Sounds like the deep South in the US in the 1950s against blacks. It was majority rule that black people should be separate from white people in restaurants and the like.
Civil rights should not be majority rule. I know the US has different laws than Russia, but denying people from expressing their sexual orientation (in a reasonable way) sounds pretty bigoted, majority opinion or not. Or am I misunderstanding it?
But I don't see that as such a big problem as people put it to be. You can be openly gay, there are plenty of gay clubs in cities all over Russia (with the exception of the South, which is mainly Muslim), you can walk with your boyfriend holding hands on the street and so on and so on. I really don't see why these parades are such an important issue. Especially if the majority of the population gets outright pissed at them! Heck, plenty of gay people also think that these parades are counter productive (not only in Russia, but in western countries as well).
|Quoting DocLightning (Reply 42):|
I remember being a kid back in 1991 when the iron curtain fell and a jubilant crowd waved a new flag in front of the Kremlin. We had such high hopes.
I shudder when I think of the 90's and most Russians living in Russia probably will not tell you too many positive things about that awful decade.
We didn't have many "high hopes" when the current administration took office in 2000 and that incompetent fool (Yeltsin) left, but most of us are pleasantly surprised. Should you visit Russia, I don't suggest you mention how "good it was" in the 90's. People may think you are a lunatic.
I do not dream about movie stars, they must dream about me for I am real and they are not. - Alexander Popov