Why does everyone lose their mind when you say something bad about Russia? Nobody bats an eye if you point out the bad parts about Saudi Arabia. We cannot hide from the truth just because we like one country over the other. Yes, being gay is worse in stricter countries like Saudi Arabia or Iran. And I will do My take on those countries later. But this one will be about our European neighbor.
Growing up I admired Russia, their beautiful people, and fascinating culture. I would still like to visit the country and learn to speak Russian. I'm sure the country is great and open minded in many ways although they are still living in the past when it comes to Homosexuality.
I've seen a few documentaries in Russia about homosexuality. There are many groups who set up fake accounts on gay dating websites only to kidnap to gays they meet them, brutally beat and humiliate them on social media. How is this acceptable in any means?
Honestly, I criticize America a lot but compared to other countries around the world I am happy to live here and Grateful that we have freedom here. Freedom to live our lives how we want.
It is not illegal to be gay in Russia but it is illegal to display any type of support of the LGBT community publically. For example: Walking down the street with a Pro-LGBT sign and a rainbow flag. The 2013 so-called "anti-gay propaganda" law Vladimir Putin passed is a clear violation of human rights and impingement of freedom of speech.
Here is a social experiment of walking around gay in Russia.
There is no logical reason why gays and transgenders should not deserve the same rights as straight people.
A common argument is that Gay and Transgender is a Mental Illness. Based on what? There are many institutions that have moved from those positions. The American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the DSM-5, states that "gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition." https://www.livescience.com/55554-transgender-identity-classification.html
You will encounter many conflicting articles by physiatrists and biologists on whether this is a mental disorder online. Science on this topic is still developing.
Another common argument is that Being gay is not natural. It is natural because humans are animals and we are part of nature. In addition, over 1500 species of animals have been observed in the wild expressing homosexual behavior. Ranging anywhere from Dragonflies, penguins, bonobo monkeys, to Lions.
Putting these arguments aside. I believe All Humans gay or not deserve the same right to express who they are without being harassed or facing violence. This bigoted behavior is unacceptable. We need to help our Russian neighbors to overcome these misconceptions about the LGBT community and advance into the 21 century. I would invite anyone who is against gay rights to come to an LGBT parade and see the happiness in people's faces and the love. Getting to know one another is a great way to challenge pre conceived notions.
My hope is for all countries to step into modern times and realize life is short and it is a waste to spend it on hating each other.