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Russian Group Plans To Out LGBT Teachers To 'Protect Children's Rights'

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07cee94f970d-320wi (1)Timur Isayev/Bulatov (pictured right), the Russian anti-gay activist responsible for outing some 30 LGBT teachers to ruin their careers, may have gotten his karmic retribution last December but others are only too happy to carry on his work. A group identifying itself as the "public ombudsman for children’s rights" - because, as always, children make the best shields to hide behind when expressing one's hateful bigotries - "raided" a St. Petersburg school to demand the dismissal of a teacher supportive of LGBT rights and equality, as BuzzFeed reports.

These people are, of course, in no way affiliated with the actual governmental office of children's rights ombudsmen, an office held by a woman named Svetlana Agapitova. Of this rogue group a spokesman for Agapitova said,

In the subway station you can buy a certificate that says you’re a tsar and call yourself whatever you like. The question is what confirms your authority.

In response, the group replied,

[Agapitova] does not deal with the protection of morals, as well as the protection of the traditional family.

The group has promised to conduct regular "raids" as well as to create a public website where anyone can leave tips on what teachers to investigate.


Lesbians Protest Anti-Gay Russian Lawmaker with Airplane Kiss: PHOTO

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With the general social climate in Russia one wouldn't be faulted for assuming that the country is naught but 6.6 million square miles of homophobia and the Baba Yaga, but every now and then glimmers of hope float to the surface. In this instance the Instagram account of infinitykseniya has photographic evidence of a woman who took advantage of a rare opportunity to make her distaste for the vile homophobia of Vitaly Milonov known.

Milonov, of course, is the author of St. Petersburg's law banning gay 'propaganda' which became the basis of the national law.

On a flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Kseniya noticed that the notorious lawmaker was sitting behind her and decided that was the perfect time to take a selfie...while making out with her girlfriend. According to Meduza, the caption of the Instagram photo read:

Who’s that behind us??? MILONOV! But we don’t give a sh*t! We’re flying to our favorite [lesbian] club Infinity

She later wrote on her VKontakte page in greater detail about the events on the plane:

Lots of people are asking me about my last post: did we really go and kiss in front of Milonov? Was it really Milonov? Maybe it was just somebody who looked like him? What was the flight like? and so on. Here are my answers: Yes it was really Milonov! As fate would have it, he was sitting in the row right behind us. The whole flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Milonov said nothing to us. We staged the photoshoot in front of him, and he hid behind his tablet, when he realized. We’re all super happy. Him—probably not so much. But who cares! Attached is the rest of the photoshoot. #milonov #antihomophobia

Milonov responded with his usual sense of class and decorum by calling the women inhuman animals, demanding they be blacklisted from flying, and threatening to call the Cossacks, the ultra-Orthodox group who brutally beat Pussy Riot about this time last year.

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Founder Of Russian LGBT Teen Support Group Fined For Violating 'Gay Propaganda' Law

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The founder of Russia's version of the "It Gets Better" campaign has been fined 50,000 rubles for violating the country's "gay propaganda" law.

Journalist Elena Klimova (above), founder of the Children 440 group on the Russian social network VKontakte, was fined the equivalent of $775, BuzzFeed reports

Klimova launched the group shortly before Russia passed its anti-gay law in 2013. The name Children 404 is a reference to the “Page Not Found” online server error.

Most users who post photos on the site obscure their faces and include the message, "We exist." They also share stories and can interact with volunteer psychologists who offer counseling.

BuzzFeed reports on Thursday's hearing: 

LGBT activists said that Klimova’s lawyer could not attend today’s hearing for medical reasons and she was left without counsel when the judge declined to postpone the proceedings.

“Today the court has violated the article 48 of the Russian Constitution, according to which everyone shall be guaranteed the right to qualified legal assistance,” Maria Kozlovskaya, a lawyer with the Russian LGBT Network, said in a statement. “We are going to challenge this decision at all levels including the European Court on Human Rights.”

View photos from Children 404's Facebook page and watch a trailer for the film about the campaign, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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Robbie Rogers Slams FIFA's Decision to Host World Cup in Anti-gay Countries: 'Our Lives Don't Matter'

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In a column for USA TODAY Sports this week, LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers doubled down on his criticism of FIFA and its decision to hold the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar respectively. Both countries have extremely poor records on LGBT rights, with homosexuality remaining illegal in Qatar and Russia's anti-gay propaganda ban silencing free speech on LGBT issues. 

Wrote Rogers:

FIFA is great at lofty rhetoric. They say their goal is improving the game of soccer "constantly and promot(ing) it globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programs."

Those are wonderful ideals and its how I think of my sport and my place in it as a role model to young athletes. But FIFA doesn't live those words, not when they decide to hold the next two World Cups, the most widely watched sporting events in the world, in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, two countries that fall far short when it comes to humanitarian values, not to mention their seriously anti-LGBT values and crushing anti-gay laws.

If actions speak louder than words, then the message FIFA sends to gay athletes is painfully clear. Not only don't they have our backs, our lives don't matter. So for any gay soccer player who has hopes of playing for the U.S. National Team at the World Cup, being open about their sexuality could have real consequences when they set foot in countries with laws that could land them in jail.

Read the full column here

Last month, Rogers called FIFA's decision to host the World Cup in anti-gay countries "insane".


Kyrgyzstan Urged To Drop New Anti-Gay 'Propaganda' Law: VIDEO

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In a resolution adopted yesterday, the European Parliament (EP) has called on Kyrgyzstan to reject new legislation banning “gay propaganda.”

The legislation - which closely resembles anti-gay laws in Russia - was introduced in March of last year and overwhelmingly passed a first reading in October.

According to the EP’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, the draft law would ban the dissemination of information “aimed at forming positive attitudes toward non-traditional sexual relations,” with those found guilty facing up to one year in prison.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6f55abf970b-250wiAlthough the EP acknowledged democratic progress in Kyrgyzstan, it has called on the country’s parliament to reject the bill and has urged politicians from engaging in anti-gay hate speech.

Additionally, the EP has supported recommendations that the country should combat all forms of discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Co-President of the LGBTI Intergroup and co-author of the resolution, Ulrike Lunacek MEP said:

“If this bill is passed, anyone who speaks positively about LGBTI issues can be imprisoned. This is an attack on the freedom of expression, the freedom of assembly and the right to non-discrimination for the Kyrgyz people, in particular LGBTI people.

“If the Kyrgyz parliament is serious about its constitution which protects human and civil rights, it should reject this bill.”

The legislation now requires an additional two readings and presidential approval before becoming law.

Watch a report on LGBTI rights in Kyrgyzstan, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russian Government Revises Law That Would Have Banned Transpeople From Obtaining Driver's Licenses

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Soon after the Russian government introduced a broad “road safety decree,” Russian LGBT rights activists quickly highlighted the new law’s potential to rob transgender people of their ability to obtain a driver's license. The original decree lumped gender dysphoria in with a number of actual mental disorders that could potentially render a person unable to operate a car. Following widespread outcry, however, the government has revised the law and should allow transpeople their right to drive.

"Decisions on driving bans are made by a psychiatric commission," said Kseniya Kirichenko, a board member of the Russian LGBT Network. "I find it hard to believe that, even in Russia, any psychiatrist could come to the conclusion that transgender people are not fit to drive. Of course it won't happen."

Though the decree may seem laughable from afar, many suspect that the law is actually an early attempt by the Russian government to implement a more subtle sort of anti-LGBT legislation. While laws like Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay propaganda law are large and flashy enough to instantly draw global attention, these seemingly smaller laws present new problems of their own.

"It actually shows that LGBT people in Russia feel extremely vulnerable," Svetlana Zakharova, a manager for the Russian LGBT Network, told Reuters. ”The homophobic policy of the Russian state created an environment where LGBT people do not expect anything good and believe that even a nonsense regulation or law can be adopted."


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