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I just read this. Very first sentence says: "It is now illegal in Russia to distribute any images that depict President Vladimir Putin wearing makeup and implying he is gay." Emphasis mine. I'm not IN Russia. Yet LJ is. So does that mean WE can't post such depictions, even if we are not in Russia? Or would that be okay if our community was a paid account, since that user agreement didn't apply to paid accounts? But of course the English user agreement wasn't binding, only the Russian one was. We've all started to learn Russian, right?

Perplexing isn't it? And why is Putin so concerned being depicted wearing makeup? Or implying he's gay? Oh wait, right, right, he's a homophobic dictator. And if Mother Russia is gazing at this post, the views expressed in this post are mine and mine alone. I'm Miss Tia residing in the Land of Misfit Toys, Akron, OH, USA. I've been here since 2004, but I'll be damned I kowtow to anyone, especially homophobic bullies such as Putin.

Wanted to let y'all know of this new Russian law, as it might apply to some of us. Do we have ANY freedom of speech? Or only so long as we don't mock the sensitive little boy Putin? Waaaah! People mock me!

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plane-time-09-17-1956-116-M3

Cessna was a big proponent of private aviation, and many women got their private pilot's license.  It takes passing ground school (1 semester) and a test, followed by a few months of hands-on lessons (once a week).

My mom did it (in the 70s), and she's still so proud, as are we all of her. She had a pilot's license, and though she never pursued it further, it was a huge achievement for her.  My dad did it too, and enjoyed flying for years.
misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
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This is the current Google doodle, and from what I can tell, it is WORLDWIDE!

GOOGLE

Yes, even Russia!!

googleru

BRAVO!!!!

Article in the Guardian about this. I'm sure there'll be more tomorrow.

misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
We have TWO weekend events starting tomorrow!!! Ads featuring the Olympics PLUS Gay Equality Weekend!!! Bonus points for ads that feature gay Olympians!

Here's what I wrote about the Russian Olympics the other day. As with ALL Gay Equality events, please no xenophobia against Russia. It is unfair to denounce Russians for what their government has done. Comments about Putin are, as always, totally fair game! :)

I will be on troll patrol. If my internets go out again, I have back up troll patrol! There is zero tolerance for intolerance.
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gay

This article from The Guardian has too many good Sochi tweets to just pick one or two. People are arriving and yes, it's a mess. This one though cracks me up. I mean, PLEASE--no wait don't---tell me who fishes in a toilet?! Behind all the 'new' Sochi building though is the real crumbling city of Sochi where citizens have some real primitive conditions that have been made worse.

Obviously since people are arriving in Sochi nothing came of boycotting them. Let's remember that the next time the USA tries to police a country and claims we have to because of how the citizens are being treated. I agree with actor Chris Pine who said, "...the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense." "

Though, some points must be given for some world leaders for one, not going to the opening ceremonies and two, sending members of the LGBT community to represent them. President Obama isn't going, nor the Vice President, but is sending Billie Jean King* to the opening ceremonies, Caitlin Cahow to the closing ceremonies and Brian Boitano is in the delegation>. France, the UK, and Germany are also not sending their heads of state. German President Joachim Gauck publicly pointed to Russia’s human rights abuses as his reason. Prime Minister Cameron is sending Clare Balding, a well known gay TV journalist, and one time jockey, will be among the group of culture ministers who will represent The UK. Also the British government has said that the sports minister Helen Grant, who is also equalities minister, will attend on its behalf. Putin did attend the Olympics in London in 2012, so this is quite a snub for Cameron to not return the favor. Norway's Health Minister is attending the Sochi Paralympics and he is taking his husband. He will be Norway's official representative at the Paralympics.

An IOC member spoke out publicly against President Obama sending gay representatives. ' "It's absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have (been established),'' Mario Pescante said at an Italian Olympic Committee meeting...'

Former Gold Medalist Greg Louganis is urging Olympic athletes to protest Russia's anti-gay laws by dedicating wins to gay family members and friends. By doing THIS, it would not run afoul of the Olympic rules for protesting. Yes, the IOC in more moves to placate Putin yet also try to placate everyone else, says that athletes cannot speak out on issues within "accredited areas".

Putin is saying that gays at the Olympics must leave children alone, because he's just perpetuating the false belief that gays are pedophiles. "We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia," Putin said in televised comments from host city Sochi... Further in that article is this alarming statement: In a sign that Russia could go further in its anti-gay legislation, a senior cleric from the Russian Orthodox Church, which is closely allied to Putin, this month called for a national debate on returning a Soviet-era law repealed in 1993 that criminalised gay sex. Though there's one amusing one, with a volunteer pointing out to Putin that their volunteer uniforms are RAINBOW colored! Of course Putin says he had nothing to do with their design. Bonus points to whomever designed them! And the Mayor of Sochi doesn't even think there's any gay people in his city.

Within Russia a 9nth grade student, which there is between the ages of 14-16, was found guilty of the Russian propaganda laws for stating her sexual orientation in front of her classmates. (The child pictured in the article is NOT the child in question). Her own father attacked her to the point she had a severe head injury and had to be hospitalized. The first media outlet was also just fined for violating the laws, for reporting a teacher was fired for being gay. A Russian LGBT teen activist has been charged with violating their draconian law also. She runs a support group for LGBT teens in Russia online.

Elena Klimova established the aforementioned online community, Children 404, in March of 2013. She said the project was created after she published an article about LGBT teenagers’ problems and began receiving messages from teen teenagers on her personal VKontakte page. On the “Children 404″ page, LGBT teens share personal stories, and converse about their problems. Often, they write about about bullying by peers and misunderstanding by parents. To date, more than one thousand letters have been published. The LGBT youth community faces a mental health crisis as it is already. But imagine being in RUSSIA, with basically ZERO support. You would feel more isolated.

Even information about HIV prevention is considered propaganda, which aside from the whole ridiculousness of these draconian laws, somehow makes it even MORE draconian. Putin has claimed gays aren't discriminated against, yet I highly doubt he'll take up Elton John's offer to introduce him to people who have been harassed, threatened, physically assaulted, etc because they are gay. "The people I met in Moscow – gay men and lesbians in their 20s, 30s and 40s – told me stories about receiving threats from vigilante groups who would 'cure' them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up." <---THIS is what the homophobic Russian yobs do to peaceful individuals just trying to live their lives. Then there's a Russian actor who thinks gays should be burned alive in an oven. Hmmm.....what other oppressive regime used ovens?

ETA: *Billie Jean King whereas selected to go, is now not able to go to the opening ceremonies due to her elderly mother being gravely ill.

misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
Pictured is Kirill Kalugin, 21, is a student at St Petersburg’s Polytechnic University. He became famous for holding a one-man protest at Palace Square during celebrations of Russian Airborne Troops Day on 2 August 2013, when he unfolded a rainbow banner reading: ‘This is promotion of tolerance’ and was attacked and arrested by uniformed veteran paratroopers within seconds. ‘The protests should make people think, reflect, and create discussions in our society,’ he says. ‘Protests that are seen by no one are useless.’

Kirill-Kalugin-002

From this set of Gay and Lesbian people in Russia. His statement "This is promotion of tolerance" and "The protests should make people think, reflect, and create discussions in our society." Really struck a chord with me.

Next month, February 7th I will focus exclusively on the Olympics and Russia. This month, let's see what's going on around the world.

Just today I read here that the president of Nigeria signed a law criminalizing same sex relationships. "The bill, which contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex "amorous relationships" and membership of gay rights groups, was passed by the national assembly last May but Jonathan had delayed signing it into law." Finally, it seems, the United States is saying something to a country that passes such laws. Secretary of State John Kerry said in part, "It is inconsistent with Nigeria's international legal obligations and undermines ... democratic reforms and human rights protections."

In Cameroon a man was sentenced to 3 years in jail for sending a text to another man saying he loved him. In prison he developed a hernia, was released to the hospital and then his family took him home and let him die because they objected to his homosexuality. Cameroon is unapologetic with it's homophobic laws. A quote from the article I read: "Appearing before the council in September 2013, Anatole Nkou, Cameroon's ambassador to Geneva, testified that a prominent gay rights activist found tortured and killed last year died because of his "personal life," prompting outcry from international rights groups."

In Uganda in December a bill was passed, but not yet signed by the president, that can send a gay individual to jail for life. People can also be sent to jail for NOT reporting homosexual behavior. It also bans the promotion of homosexuality (they must have picked that one up from Russia). I agree with president Obama's comment about this, calling it "Odious". The article I read here and taken from that article is this map of Africa denoting gay rights in each country (or lack of).

_70975053_gay_africa_464map

In India, their government is asking the supreme court to overturn the ruling so that being gay would NOT be illegal. From the article: "Gay sex had been effectively legalised in 2009 when the Delhi High Court ruled that a section of the penal code prohibiting "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" was an infringement of fundamental rights. But in a shock judgement on December 11, a panel of two Supreme Court judges ruled that the High Court had overstepped its authority and that a law passed in 1860 during British colonial rule was still valid." I could find no update on this, so their court must still be mulling this over.

Ignorance about the LGBT community continues around the world also, unfortunately.

From last month here, a professor at Newham College in London was terminated for comparing gays to the kkk, nazis and free masons. He also believed that gays wanted to indoctrinate children. This is an alleged educated individual?

Also in the United Kingdom, Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder of Christian Concern, said that lack of a father could lead to homosexual feelings and used Olympic diver Tom Daley as an example. Yes, apparently if your father passed away, it'll turn you gay, that's basically what she said. Let that sink in. Here's the article I read.

In the United States we have potential GOP Senate candidate from Iowa Bob Vander Plaats blathering on how if same sex married is allowed parents could end up marrying their children! Audio of his interview included with this story. I wonder if he even knows Gay marriage is allowed in Iowa? Shhhh....don't tell him! :)

Of course also in the United States there was a short window of time that Utah was allowing same sex marriages, now they are on hold. For those couples who DID get married though, whereas the State has said their marriages aren't valid, the Federal government has stepped in and said they will recognize them. Article here.

Promoting tolerance SHOULD make people think, reflect and create discussions within society. Out of that, eventually, WILL come acceptance and most of all equality.

misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
Pictured is Kirill Kalugin, 21, is a student at St Petersburg’s Polytechnic University. He became famous for holding a one-man protest at Palace Square during celebrations of Russian Airborne Troops Day on 2 August 2013, when he unfolded a rainbow banner reading: ‘This is promotion of tolerance’ and was attacked and arrested by uniformed veteran paratroopers within seconds. ‘The protests should make people think, reflect, and create discussions in our society,’ he says. ‘Protests that are seen by no one are useless.’

Kirill-Kalugin-002

From this set of Gay and Lesbian people in Russia. His statement "This is promotion of tolerance" and "The protests should make people think, reflect, and create discussions in our society." Really struck a chord with me.

Next month, February 7th I will focus exclusively on the Olympics and Russia. This month, let's see what's going on around the world.

Just today I read here that the president of Nigeria signed a law criminalizing same sex relationships. "The bill, which contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex "amorous relationships" and membership of gay rights groups, was passed by the national assembly last May but Jonathan had delayed signing it into law." Finally, it seems, the United States is saying something to a country that passes such laws. Secretary of State John Kerry said in part, "It is inconsistent with Nigeria's international legal obligations and undermines ... democratic reforms and human rights protections."

In Cameroon a man was sentenced to 3 years in jail for sending a text to another man saying he loved him. In prison he developed a hernia, was released to the hospital and then his family took him home and let him die because they objected to his homosexuality. Cameroon is unapologetic with it's homophobic laws. A quote from the article I read: "Appearing before the council in September 2013, Anatole Nkou, Cameroon's ambassador to Geneva, testified that a prominent gay rights activist found tortured and killed last year died because of his "personal life," prompting outcry from international rights groups."

In Uganda in December a bill was passed, but not yet signed by the president, that can send a gay individual to jail for life. People can also be sent to jail for NOT reporting homosexual behavior. It also bans the promotion of homosexuality (they must have picked that one up from Russia). I agree with president Obama's comment about this, calling it "Odious". The article I read here and taken from that article is this map of Africa denoting gay rights in each country (or lack of).

_70975053_gay_africa_464map

In India, their government is asking the supreme court to overturn the ruling so that being gay would NOT be illegal. From the article: "Gay sex had been effectively legalised in 2009 when the Delhi High Court ruled that a section of the penal code prohibiting "carnal intercourse against the order of nature" was an infringement of fundamental rights. But in a shock judgement on December 11, a panel of two Supreme Court judges ruled that the High Court had overstepped its authority and that a law passed in 1860 during British colonial rule was still valid." I could find no update on this, so their court must still be mulling this over.

Ignorance about the LGBT community continues around the world also, unfortunately.

From last month here, a professor at Newham College in London was terminated for comparing gays to the kkk, nazis and free masons. He also believed that gays wanted to indoctrinate children. This is an alleged educated individual?

Also in the United Kingdom, Andrea Minichiello Williams, founder of Christian Concern, said that lack of a father could lead to homosexual feelings and used Olympic diver Tom Daley as an example. Yes, apparently if your father passed away, it'll turn you gay, that's basically what she said. Let that sink in. Here's the article I read.

In the United States we have potential GOP Senate candidate from Iowa Bob Vander Plaats blathering on how if same sex married is allowed parents could end up marrying their children! Audio of his interview included with this story. I wonder if he even knows Gay marriage is allowed in Iowa? Shhhh....don't tell him! :)

Of course also in the United States there was a short window of time that Utah was allowing same sex marriages, now they are on hold. For those couples who DID get married though, whereas the State has said their marriages aren't valid, the Federal government has stepped in and said they will recognize them. Article here.

Promoting tolerance SHOULD make people think, reflect and create discussions within society. Out of that, eventually, WILL come acceptance and most of all equality.

misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
Dear Russian Homophobe:

You will NOT tell me how to run my Vintage Ads community. You will NOT promote your propaganda that those draconian laws "protect children". You will NOT promote the totally wrong, inaccurate, sickening belief that gays are pedophiles. You will NOT tell me I cannot ban people for expressing such hateful hurtful inappropriate opinions. You can try to leave the same comment on numerous entries but I will delete them all.

Sincerely,

Miss Tia

PS: You've been banned

Palette Cleanser

misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender coming out regarding one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity being akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBT people. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11. The day was founded in 1988 by Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico and founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles and then head of the National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

If anyone in our community wishes to share a person story, even without an ad in the post, please do!!!!

Think of how the mentality of mainstream Americans (well most) have changed even in the last 15 or so years in regards to famous people coming out and stating they are gay. I think coming out is a personal choice, and don't agree with some that famous people should be forced to declare their sexual preferences. But when someone who is famous DOES come out, it is incredibly powerful and can impact tremendously those who feel shame or that they have to hide who they really are. Even NON-famous people, stating they are gay, living openly as they are, can have a tremendous impact on those who are afraid due to factors in their life (family, cultural, etc.) Straight people supporting equality for the LGBT community openly also shows others that there IS support for them.

NEVER be ashamed of who are, who you love, or how you love. If you are shunned, that is they shunner's problem, not yours! I know that is easier said than done if you are dependent on such people for your livelihood. Don't let them eat away at your soul and plan your escape to be able to live YOUR life as you ARE as soon as you can.

If you or anyone you know has difficulty with coming out or faces challenges---harassment, etc contact the GLBT National Help Center--they have people you can talk to and can give you contacts in your area. Also the The Trevor Project has people you can talk to and can offer other assistance. NEVER feel you have to deny your true self. You don't have to make a proclamation and have a plane fly around with a banner, but you shouldn't have to hide who you really are. And as we know, our friends in Russia are facing that right now. That's why this human rights issue---LGBT Equality---is so important.

misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
Don't forget today is also Gay Equality Day! Bonus points for a local ad that doubles for a Gay Equality Day ad! :)

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misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
Gay Equality Day this month will be Saturday August 24th!!! I will be home all day on 'troll patrol'. Last month's went really well. Due to many requests from a friend of mine who is a gay rights' activist in their country that is very repressive, I AM going to allow non-community members to comment. Now, if you make your post 'members only' then non-members cannot see your post and no worries!! Of course if things get out of hand, then I will change the commenting back to community members ONLY. I WILL be on troll patrol, but if you see something please contact me right away and I know it's difficult, but please try not to respond. You can email me tia@misstia.com, FB message me here--though I know FB is a little wonky and if we're not FB friends will probably stick your message in the 'other' inbox and I'll never find it, of course you can send me a LJ message and hope LJ notifications are working and if you are a regular, you can have my phone number. THERE IS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR INTOLERANCE HERE!!!! And please, in ads you post, no xenophobia against any country!

[ETA: re: commenting by non-members, I went into the settings and non-members now CAN comment in vintage ads but they have to be a registered LJ user and their comment will be screened before posting. According to what I read, the screening notification comes to me no matter who posts the entry. We shall see how that works! I think that adds a layer of protection so we don't get a bunch of H8 that would be difficult to block, regulate, etc.]

This month I want to focus on the G20 because it is being held in St. Petersburg, Russia September 5-6. I have researched LGBT rights in each of the G20 members and provided contact information for them. I am going to send the ones who provide equality to the LGBT community messages to please press the issue with Russia while they are there. For the ones who do NOT provide equality, I am going to press that they please DO provide equality as it has not been detrimental to the countries who provide it. If you contact any of these countries---and I am also listing the contact info for International Organizations involved with the G20 too---PLEASE be courteous and polite!! I actually learned quite a lot with my research here that I did not know about some of these countries. Next month, I will back to focusing on the Sochi Olympics.

G20 Members )

International Organizations Involved with the G20 )

Please share the word!!!

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When I posted a Cannon towels ad, someone expressed an interest in the ad with the soldiers. I duly oblige, although the USMC gents in this ad would no doubt object to that appellation:



The redheaded Marine doesn't seem unduly disturbed that his buddy-in-arms is giving his ... uh, towel ... a pretty close examination.

(Life, December 20, 1943.)

(Could we consider adding a "military" tag, or something of the like?)
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This was a recurring motif in Schlitz beer ads of the immediate postwar years:



  Not only does Mr. Curious find someone with whom to satisfy his curiosity, but in the background the blonde in green seems to be sharing some mutual interest with the dark beauty in the orange frock.  And the mature lady in lilac (the hostess?) has apparently found someone younger with whom to share some time, so it's all good for everyone.

(Life, November 15, 1948)
misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
Elizabeth Taylor was the first person in the entertainment industry to stand up and take charge when few were willing to listen, and even fewer were willing to help.

Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds _ad_young

--and I am up and shall be on patrol all day!!! (of course with very very short breaks away from the computer for a bath, though I COULD take my tablet with me...hmmmm.....)....any problems, etc contact me immediately!!
misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
Reminder!!! TOMORROW IS THE DAY!!!!! I also successfully added the buttons so you can repost this to LJ and other sites! So PLEASE spread the word!!!

Monday July 15 [livejournal.com profile] vintage_ads is having Gay Equality Day!! This is our second one and we will be doing this once a month. Ads that have gay subtext, blatantly gay, gay actors in the ad, gay designers, etc.

It was requested that non-community members be allowed to post and to comment and I gave that some consideration and decided that that was not a good idea. It is very easy to join, I believe just one click of a button. By having only members comment and post it is easier for me to handle any potential problem. It protects our members from non-members swooping in and harassing them, etc. So look at it as a level of protection, as that is how I view it!

I will be home all day on the 15th and there is ZERO tolerance for intolerance! I even rescheduled a dr.'s appointment to make sure I will be home all day on 'troll patrol'. If you get a nasty rude hateful comment on a post, I know it's difficult but please do not respond and contact me immediately and I will handle it. tia@misstia.com please put v. ads in the subject. If you are a regular member and would like my phone #, please email me or message me here on LJ and I will give it to you (For Gay Equality Day or any other day, I know some people have disabilities and it might be easier to send a text or a phone call, whatever is easier for y'all, I try to be easily reachable!). Last time we did this I got the majority of hate, threats, etc and I hope that is how it continues; but if it spreads to others, I will deal with it as I am very protective of our members.

We are having this day, again, and continuing, because LGBT rights are a human rights issue. Livejournal is owned by a Russian company and Russia is currently making being gay illegal. (Simplified there, but that's the basis of their current and upcoming laws.) Again, this is a human rights issue. We are not being political (well perhaps against the parties who support anti-LGBT legislation), we do NOT support xenophobia against Russians, and this is an issue that is affecting people worldwide in far too many countries besides just Russia. Throughout history the LGBT community has contributed things to society that we could not live without (including computers), so for countries and groups of people to want to outlaw them?! It's as if we are returning to the Dark Ages! So please do not attack Russia in your posts on Gay Equality Day as many many citizens there protests against what is being done, and many are too fearful to speak out and that is understandable.

Actress and Model Tilda Swinton has risked arrest in Moscow by waving a pride flag outside the Kremlin in violation of Russia's new homosexual propaganda bill. Tilda: In solidarity. From Russia with love.

Tilda

Russia has said it will arrest, detain for 14 days and then deport openly gay tourists. Article here. If you are a legally married gay couple, then Russia shouldn't be on your travel list. If you have a rainbow flag, you could be arrested. If you simply hold hands, again, you could be arrested, detained, deported.

There are, unfortunately, those in the United States who are looking towards Russia approvingly with their draconian laws against the LGBT community and wish they could do the same here.

Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics, information about concerns and places to contact... )

Russian Officials to Contact--including Putin's email-- plus the US Secretary of State Contact Info )

SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!!!

misstia: (Gay Equality for Russia)
[personal profile] misstia
I know this is an early notice but I want to have word spread about this as last time we did this on rather short notice and many people said they'd appreciate more notice so as to spread to the word. I also successfully added the buttons so you can repost this to LJ and other sites! So PLEASE spread the word!!!

Monday July 15 [livejournal.com profile] vintage_ads is having Gay Equality Day!! This is our second one and we will be doing this once a month. Ads that have gay subtext, blatantly gay, gay actors in the ad, gay designers, etc.

It was requested that non-community members be allowed to post and to comment and I gave that some consideration and decided that that was not a good idea. It is very easy to join, I believe just one click of a button. By having only members comment and post it is easier for me to handle any potential problem. It protects our members from non-members swooping in and harassing them, etc. So look at it as a level of protection, as that is how I view it!

I will be home all day on the 15th and there is ZERO tolerance for intolerance! I even rescheduled a dr.'s appointment to make sure I will be home all day on 'troll patrol'. If you get a nasty rude hateful comment on a post, I know it's difficult but please do not respond and contact me immediately and I will handle it. tia@misstia.com please put v. ads in the subject. If you are a regular member and would like my phone #, please email me or message me here on LJ and I will give it to you (For Gay Equality Day or any other day, I know some people have disabilities and it might be easier to send a text or a phone call, whatever is easier for y'all, I try to be easily reachable!). Last time we did this I got the majority of hate, threats, etc and I hope that is how it continues; but if it spreads to others, I will deal with it as I am very protective of our members.

We are having this day, again, and continuing, because LGBT rights are a human rights issue. Livejournal is owned by a Russian company and Russia is currently making being gay illegal. (Simplified there, but that's the basis of their current and upcoming laws.) Again, this is a human rights issue. We are not being political (well perhaps against the parties who support anti-LGBT legislation), we do NOT support xenophobia against Russians, and this is an issue that is affecting people worldwide in far too many countries besides just Russia. Throughout history the LGBT community has contributed things to society that we could not live without (including computers), so for countries and groups of people to want to outlaw them?! It's as if we are returning to the Dark Ages! So please do not attack Russia in your posts on Gay Equality Day as many many citizens there protests against what is being done, and many are too fearful to speak out and that is understandable.

Actress and Model Tilda Swinton has risked arrest in Moscow by waving a pride flag outside the Kremlin in violation of Russia's new homosexual propaganda bill. Tilda: In solidarity. From Russia with love.

Tilda

Russia has said it will arrest, detain for 14 days and then deport openly gay tourists. Article here. If you are a legally married gay couple, then Russia shouldn't be on your travel list. If you have a rainbow flag, you could be arrested. If you simply hold hands, again, you could be arrested, detained, deported.

There are, unfortunately, those in the United States who are looking towards Russia approvingly with their draconian laws against the LGBT community and wish they could do the same here.

Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics, information about concerns and places to contact... )

Russian Officials to Contact--including Putin's email-- plus the US Secretary of State Contact Info )

SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!!!

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