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Ukraine’s Parliament: “Don’t Say Gay”

Jim Burroway

October 2nd, 2012

Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of Gay Forum of Ukraine, was beaten after a scheduled gay-pride parade was cancelled in May, 2012. (Anatolii Stepanov, Reuters/Landov)

Ukraine’s parliament today approved a first reading of a bill which would impose prison sentences of up to five years for anyone who would dare to say anything good about gay people. The vote was 289 deputies voting for the bill, with nobody voting against and just one abstention. Another 60 deputies were absent during the vote.

The bill would prohibit “propaganda of homosexuality,” which it vaguely defines as positive public depiction of gay people. It is in many respects similar to legislation enacted in St. Petersburg, Russia and which may be considered by the Russia’s central government. 

In May, Kiev authorities cancelled a Pride march at the last minute. A Pride organizer was then savagely beaten when he tried to meet with reporters shortly after the cancellation. Reporters merely looked on and snapped photos. That kind of propaganda would be permissible under the proposed legislation.

A second and final vote in Ukraine’s Parliament is tentatively scheduled for October 16.

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MattNYC
October 2nd, 2012 | LINK

A black cloud is drifting over the former Soviet Union. I picture Mordor.

There is a terrible confluence occurring: nationalism, the Orthodox Church(es), pandering politicians, an inferiority complex about no longer being relevant on the world stage, and not enough Jews left to blame for all of their problems.

The naked brutality and hatred I see in the news pictures is soul-crushing. It’s like being the only opposing fan in a country full of soccer hooligans. And the police stand idly by.

I wish we could airlift their LGBTs and allies out and let the savages beat each other to death.

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