EDIT: Okay guys, apparently this law only concerns St Petersburg, and not all of Russia. More info here=> lezgetreal.com/2011/11/st-pete… It doesn't make it less horrible, but it is a small relief. /EDIT
I'm going to make a shout on something very important happening right now: "In 48 hours, political leaders in Russia will vote on a law that makes speaking out as a gay, lesbian or trans person ILLEGAL. Because Russia is a large and powerful nation, the international community has stayed silent. If thousands of us raise our voices, they will be forced to speak out and stop this horrific law." You'll understand why I can't help but post this everywhere in the hope to help in this crucial moment. Sign the petition here=> www.allout.org/en/russia_silen… It's easy, safe, and takes less than a minute.
It's too surreal for me to imagine such a law taking place. As an artist, it would mean not being able to publish anything, just because I have preferences that might be considered different. I'd feel caged.
As a guy living in Moscow, I'm sorry to say that there's practically no LGTB community whatsoever. Max 50 people gathered this summer on some kind of gay parade, but well, it was not sanctioned, so half of them were arrested and the other half got beaten by various orthodox and nazi-like people. And that's 50 people in 11+ mil city. People here are very afraid of their sexuality, and more so of other's opinion about it.
The USA whare I'm from is good with is strides towards the LGBT comunity. I whish that some of the states were less represive than others. The fact that Russia is doing this is sad but do relize they fully got out of communism only 20/21 years ago.