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Russia Designates LGBT Rights Group As A 'Foreign Agent'

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On July 21st, a court in St. Petersburg, Russia designated LGBT rights group Coming Out as a “foreign agent,” reports 76Crimes.com.

Organizations registered as "foreign agents" in Russia are subject to extra governmental audits and other measures that limit their efficacy.

Coming Out has been fighting the designation for 16 months.

Following the ruling, the group issued a statement on Facebook which reads in part:

"The label 'foreign agent' on all the public materials of the organization would be a sign for wider society that the idea of protecting the rights of LGBT people is something 'foreign', and, therefore unnecessary and even harmful. An organization registered as a 'foreign agent' would also be subject to extra governmental audits, and further measures that would limit its capabilities to work.

"'Coming Out' will appeal the court’s decision, but there is no guarantee that the organization will not be registered by the Ministry of Justice in the nearest future, as it happened also with five major human rights organizations.

"This decision marks an end of the 16-month saga during which 'Coming Out' invested considerable time, effort, and resources to explain to the courts, mass media, and the general public that defending universal human rights of Russian citizens is in the interests of those citizens, and of Russia. We are hoping that, regardless of the final outcome, this message was able to reach the hearts and minds of many people.

According to The Advocate, although Coming Out did not directly mention Russia's ban on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" as the source of the initial complaint, reports suggest that the law has created an untenable situation for LGBT Russians.

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  1. I have not been to Russia, but with gay bashings which are happening in Russia, media version can’t be trusted. Though what the Russian men did was assault and battery, the media gave 1/2 truths by saying the Russian men (calling them neo-Nazis with no proof) bashed gays and put the images on Internet, but here’s what most media omitted though some have now raised it. The Russian men who were bashing gays had pretended to be 15 year old boys on Internet by going on gay websites. Gays looking for teenage boys on Internet replied and set up places to meet them, but instead the gays got bashed by men pretending to be 15 year old boys. Yes, what the Russian men did is vigilanteism for which they should do jail time because right thing to do is to report this to cops and let the cops arrest the gays for soliciting minors and then hopefully the legal system will convict the gays and send them to prison.

    But these gays who were bashed did commit a crime by looking for teenage boys on Internet and instead got bashed by men who pretended to be the teenage boys, so I have no sympathy for the gays bashed here. If a man were looking for teenage girls on Internet but instead got bashed by a mob, many would say the man was a disgusting pig looking for underage girls. Gays often harass teenage boys. Those gay bashing victims deserve no sympathy because there is something wrong with an adult looking for teenagers. The gay bashers put the images on Internet after they bashed the gays with slogan ‘occupy pedophilia’ because they aren’t going to tolerate gays harassing teenage boys.

    Posted by: funinsnowandcoldweather | Jul 28, 2014 2:09:20 PM


  2. I'm copy and pasting this here because I honestly don't feel like retyping this. This nutcase isn't worth the extra effort.

    If you guys don't know, Funissnow is actually a commentor named Abner/funissnowfall/snowisfun/FUNINSNOWANDCOLDWEATHER.

    All he/she does is post rants about how gay people are child molesters, how Matthew Shepherd's murder was justified because he was a "mean" meth addict, and how Trans people mutilate themselves through gender reassignment surgeries.

    He/she constantly refers to all the people he references by their First name , Middle initial (or middle name) and Last name each and every time he mentions them (ex. Rush H. Limbaugh, Jerry A. Sandusky, Patrick J. Buchanan). He/she's points rarely have anything to do with the story at hand, and when called out for his horrific, homophobic comments all you get in response is "Why are you mean to me?"

    Abener/Funissnow/Snowisfun/Funissnowfall/FUNINSNOWANDCOLDWEATHER is mentally ill and he/she should just be ignored.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 28, 2014 2:29:20 PM


  3. Some wag here recently coined the term Trollroad. Sad but true, & I can hardly be bothered to read comments here anymore. What with the ongoing bunfights between the multiple personality that is the archtroll RICKetc. & his detractors, & the perennially hijacked KIWI - small, medium &/or large - & now this new wingnut, Snowy Abner - ain't nobody got time for that.

    The Towleroad comments sections have become a minefield of toxic manners & no longer worth visiting. And that's sad, because, back in my day ...

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jul 28, 2014 3:50:40 PM


  4. Rick and this funinsnow are quite different. Rick at least is coherent in his post which often repeats the same tired arguments. The other guy is obviously a mental case who has lost his mind and copy/paste the same thing multiple times. No other board allows that to happen except this one. That's why all the nuts were driven to this board.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 28, 2014 4:11:44 PM


  5. Please ban this fellow, if at all possible.

    He's 100% wrong about what is going on with gaybashing in Russia, which has little to do with the story at hand, about Vykhod/Coming Out being labeled as a "foreign agent."

    That was unfortunately predictable, as for Putin et al, "gay" = "foreign" import forced on Russia from that awful West/Europe/Eurosodom. It doesn't happen in Russia, so it all must be imported. Therefore any group defending gays must be a foreign agent. All of this was energized by the Ukraine conflict, because Ukraine now wants to join Eurosodom, well, except for the Russians in the East who are pure and fighting not to join (with some help from Mother Russia and Father Putin.

    The gaybashers ARE often fascists, and they also bash foreign nationals. Contrary to what the troll says, the occupypedophilia group started by trying to entrap older gays, but then they found that there were many younger gays who wanted to escape oppressive families and small towns and meet older gays -- so they started targeting teenage gayboys who agreed to meet. It's totally sick. The authorities have begun following some of these cases, but the leader Tesak, who is now in court, was charged only with inciting ethnic violence and disrespect to war veterans, NOT with bashing gays. Nobody is in jail for these crimes.

    Russians are applying for asylum in droves.

    Meanwhile Petersburg on Saturday had a quite successful pride with few incidents, in spite of 100-150 attendees. Photos here:

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.523535114414733.1073741856.291855357582711&type=1

    Posted by: KevinVT | Jul 28, 2014 6:29:27 PM


  6. Heros for gays are cowards such as homosexual statutory rapist Harvey B. Milk. Ugandans and Russia (with their laws against homosexual propaganda) don’t want their kids being corrupted by homosexual propaganda and worshipping cowards such as Harvey B. Milk. best to not trust gay/lesbian groups. It’s fact that gay/lesbian behaviors and sex change mutilations are bad for health just as drug junkyism is. Those gay bashing victims deserve no sympathy because there is something wrong with an adult looking for teenagers. The gay bashers put the images on Internet after they bashed the gays with slogan ‘occupy pedophilia’ because they aren’t going to tolerate gays harassing teenage boys.

    Posted by: funinsnow | Jul 28, 2014 6:33:38 PM


  7. Funissnow would know all about cowards, as he is one. He's an anonymous mental patient with an axe to grind and latent homosexual tendencies.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jul 28, 2014 8:04:54 PM


  8. a personal attack that people sometimes make against those who are against gay/lesbian behaviors is to accuse people of being homosexuals. They say this hoping for a reaction. You talk of being homosexual/lesbian is a good thing, yet you call people gay as an insult.

    I have not been to Russia, but with gay bashings which are happening in Russia, media version can’t be trusted. Though what the Russian men did was assault and battery, the media gave 1/2 truths by saying the Russian men (calling them neo-Nazis with no proof) bashed gays and put the images on Internet, but here’s what most media omitted though some have now raised it. The Russian men who were bashing gays had pretended to be 15 year old boys on Internet by going on gay websites. Gays looking for teenage boys on Internet replied and set up places to meet them, but instead the gays got bashed by men pretending to be 15 year old boys. Yes, what the Russian men did is vigilanteism for which they should do jail time because right thing to do is to report this to cops and let the cops arrest the gays for soliciting minors and then hopefully the legal system will convict the gays and send them to prison.

    But these gays who were bashed did commit a crime by looking for teenage boys on Internet and instead got bashed by men who pretended to be the teenage boys, so I have no sympathy for the gays bashed here. If a man were looking for teenage girls on Internet but instead got bashed by a mob, many would say the man was a disgusting pig looking for underage girls. Gays often harass teenage boys. Those gay bashing victims deserve no sympathy because there is something wrong with an adult looking for teenagers. The gay bashers put the images on Internet after they bashed the gays with slogan ‘occupy pedophilia’ because they aren’t going to tolerate gays harassing teenage boys.

    Posted by: funinsnow | Jul 29, 2014 8:58:00 AM


  9. Funinsnow, please just STFU.

    you have not been to Russia. Stop there.

    I have been to Russia, speak Russian, have studied gay life in Russia over 30 years and published on the topic.

    You have no idea what you're talking about, so just stop.

    Posted by: KevinVt | Jul 29, 2014 10:23:49 AM


  10. Though what the Russian men did was assault and battery, the media gave 1/2 truths by saying the Russian men (calling them neo-Nazis with no proof) bashed gays and put the images on Internet, but here’s what most media omitted though some have now raised it. The Russian men who were bashing gays had pretended to be 15 year old boys on Internet by going on gay websites. Gays looking for teenage boys on Internet replied and set up places to meet them, but instead the gays got bashed by men pretending to be 15 year old boys. Yes, what the Russian men did is vigilanteism for which they should do jail time because right thing to do is to report this to cops and let the cops arrest the gays for soliciting minors and then hopefully the legal system will convict the gays and send them to prison.

    But these gays who were bashed did commit a crime by looking for teenage boys on Internet and instead got bashed by men who pretended to be the teenage boys, so I have no sympathy for the gays bashed here. If a man were looking for teenage girls on Internet but instead got bashed by a mob, many would say the man was a disgusting pig looking for underage girls. Gays often harass teenage boys. Those gay bashing victims deserve no sympathy because there is something wrong with an adult looking for teenagers. The gay bashers put the images on Internet after they bashed the gays with slogan ‘occupy pedophilia’ because they aren’t going to tolerate gays harassing teenage boys.

    Posted by: funinsnow | Jul 29, 2014 2:44:47 PM


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