|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 55):|
But I guess I understand your point of view a bit, since you often claim there's someone behind almost every corner who's out to get us, it would be somewhat disturbing to read that one of them could be homosexual.
But that has long been true, and Larry Craig - remember him? - pops immediately to mind, as one of the sillier, but still dangerous, examples. The American Conservative Union gave him a score of 96 out of 100 for his voting record, a lot of it anti-gay.
In Britain, back in the bad old days, it became almost the norm that the loudest anti-gay politicians would eventually be found in a compromising situation - with their trousers down diddling a guardsman, or, as one claimed, "badger watching" at dawn in a local park in the company of a male stranger.
I assume the same to be true in Russia. I don't see a homo behind every piece of gay legislation, but where there is smoke there is usually at least some fire and gay sex is as rampant there as anywhere, following similar patterns. Male rape is as common in Russian prisons as in the US.
Back in the Communist days, there was a notorious public toilet near Red Square, filled after dark with what someone described as "questing Slavs" (it may still be active) and the queer spy, Guy Burgess, lived openly with his Russian lover after he defected, despite its illegality under Stalin.
Yet under Stalin, the charge of "gay" was used, rightly or wrongly, to purge many politicians, and while some of those may have been fabrications it is unlikely that all of them were.
Such an atmosphere can produce, or encourage, self-hatred, which is a powerful anti-gay weapon and I have little doubt that some of the Musclemen in the video have been - at very least - gay for pay.