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Andrey (user currently living in UKRAINE) posted for gay readers on 27/10/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
The group of people to whom the problems, facing LGBT community of Russia, aren't indifferent - addresses to you. Among the members of our group is Russian, the citizens of the United States, Europe and other countries. Unfortunately, for the reasons which will be stated further, we are compelled temporarily, as we hope, to conceal our names and faces. However, we believe, that it will not prevent our work for the benefit of the LGBT communities of Russia and the World.
By this performance we want to draw your attention to the problems of the LGBT community in Russia. Today, Russian law, applicable to the members of this community, in its cruelty, matched only by the laws of Nazi Germany, acting against the Jews. Today, as well as at the time of Hitler, when people could be punished or even are killed only that were Jews, in Putin's Russia, a person may be subjected to criminal punishment for the fact that it belongs to the LGBT community, especially if he does not hide.
There have already been cases of physical violence, including murder, carried out with extreme brutality. Moreover, these crimes are carried out by not only "ordinary citizens" - but law enforcement officials. Murder and torture have taken place in Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Kamchatka. In the Russian city of Rostov, in many parts of the city, have already appeared leaflets, pasted on the walls of buildings, containing calls to "identify gay men and punish them." Authorities declared the event a "provocation," but, in fact, made no effort to investigate the incident. According to the "official" statistics, every seventh member of LGBT-community in Russia - was exposed to physical and sexual abuse from outside "citizens with normal sexual orientation". And how many such cases aren't considered by "official" statistics? Imprisonment of "Pussy Riot" - is a prelude and an evident illustration to the future, which expects progressive part of inhabitants of Russia.
In nazi Germany in the same way all also began - with "separate" acts of violence from outside "the indignant citizens". Proceeded - concentration camps, gas chambers and six million dead Jews ... and not just the Jews: more than 50 million people became, as a result, victims of the war, which has begun with "separate acts of violence" and "laws against defective".
50 million victims!
Yes, you say, but then there was no Internet, mobile communication, social networking, and the victims of the Nazis could not tell what was going on around the world, to warn each other of danger. Now, you say, the rights of the LGBT community in Russia to protect Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Stephen Fry, Lady Gaga, and thousands of other personalities. Yes, it is - but the Russian government, like Hitler, does not pay any attention to the protests, arguing that no LGBT issues in Russia does not exist!
Today the question is not: "Will we see a Russian concentration camps for LGBT citizens?" - Question is: "How soon we will see these Russian concentration camp?" And not just for LGBT people, but also for all dissenters at all.
You hope for the international human rights organizations? But at the first hint on communication with the foreign organizations, with human rights activists, at the first cent of donations from abroad - any human rights organization working in Russia, will be declared by "the foreign agent", bank accounts will be blocked, and her employees will be interrogated by security service! Yes, in Russia such laws today work!
You're looking at the Internet, e-mail, Skype, etc.? You hope on "Tor" project? And you know, what this project for 60% is financed by NSA of the USA? And other 40% - FSB of Russia? Edward Joseph Snowden proved, that the all governments controls all open channels of communication. In the U.S. it is called PRISM, in Russia - "SORM-2." But the point of the name is independent: if necessary, all communication channels are closed, and there will be no way to draw the world's attention to the trouble, no way to call for help...
In Russia already have laws, that allow close access to arbitrary segments of the Internet at the request of the police, the Federal Security Service or the courts.
And what do you do? After all, the situation is "how soon?" - Requires immediate action!
Our group of activists works in several directions:
1. Creation of the protected network intended for exchange of information between dissidents in Russia (in that specific case - the people identifying as members of LGBT-community), a network allowing them not to depend on actions of the government of Russia, allowing, in case of any repressive actions, at least, to report about danger to adherents, both in Russia, and behind its borders, allowing to transfer truthful information on a situation, passing official channels of the state. The description of this project being now for us priority, is given below.
2. Support (financing of receiving the higher education) the young people identifying as members of LGBT-community and people of old age, not having worthy pension and earnings. Unfortunately, in this area we have no special successes as training of one person costs, at least, $10.000,00, and our financing is based only donations of individuals and small firms.
3. We offer the help in planning and financing of joint trips on the states of Europe and Asia for the people identifying with LGBT-community. As of a present situation we already achieved that LGBT-rounds ceased to be exotic not only in Russia, but already and in Ukraine.
4. We offer the help in search of partners for cohabitation and/or creations of matrimonies, in all directions, in Russia, Europe, Asia.
So, now we will tell you about our project of the protected network of exchange of information by means of which we want to protect LGBT-community of Russia:
The network will operate on the basis of the Internet, but to go beyond the Russian segment will be used by the mobile station disguised space communications. Oddly enough, but it and other necessary equipment can be purchased from corrupt Russian military! And that's good - we will beat the enemy with his own weapon!
Thus, even if the Russian government and the Russian segment of the Internet isolates from the rest of the world, such as China did, the proposed network will continue to have open channels of communication with the outside world.
Traffic network, comprising voice, text and any other information will be encrypted and disguised as ordinary traffic exchange HTTP-content service under network traffic, etc. (Of course, we do not disclose further details.) Server that will be used to route traffic - will also be mobile and disguised as transport and other vehicles delivery services, service, etc. (Of course, we do not disclose further details.) Thus, due to masking and mobility, as well as the use of satellite communications to maintain channels of communication, the government cannot control the network (used for this and other measures, which we do not speak openly).
You only need to install on your computer, smartphone or tablet is a small program - and the authorities will not be able to control you, even if they themselves and connect to the network.
In the end, we get a secure, self-organizing network for exchanging information, not controlled by the government. To disrupt the authorities will have to shut down the Internet and telephone (mobile and wired) across Russia, which in any case is unbelievable.
Today, the network is in the process of testing and trial operation in micro-scale. But for the completion of the project - we need the money. Now for us - it hurts the most. Yes, we know where we can buy the necessary equipment, and we know the people who are willing to sell it to us. We have an existing piece of software, but does not have all the necessary set of equipment, required almost no cars on the basis of which we plan to expand the network of communication stations and routing traffic.
Part of the necessary funds already collected by activists of our group, but, unfortunately, it is not enough to start the project in operation. Still needed relatively little money: about $150.000,00-$200.000,00. We therefore ask you to take part in it, sacrificing its completion any amount of money that you think it is possible to allocate to such a thing. Let it be a few dollars or euros - it does not matter.
And so we turn to you for help. We ask you to give us any help: moral, financial, or ... well, just tell us who it may help to provide us with this. We ask you to help spread our message to all people, who are not indifferent to the concepts of freedom, tolerance and equality for all people, regardless of what the signs are distinguished from each other.
We ask that you use your world-recognized authority in order to attract the attention of all free people to the threat to all members of the LGBT community in Russia.
We ask for your advice: please indicate who else can we turn to the world's attention to the fact that, today, the threat hangs over not only the LGBT community in Russia, but over all its residents who do not agree with the government Russia, the government, leading to the country on the path of Hitler's Germany.
Yes, it is - a non-profit project, and you will not get from any benefits of its implementation.
No catch, but gratitude from the Russian people, from the Russian LGBT community. And knowing, that you have helped prevent a second Holocaust.
Few can say to yourself: "Yes, I saved thousands of lives!"
But You - can!
Our E-mail: lgbt.fight @ gmail.com
If you have an opportunity to make a financial donation for our project, please, visit our site http://lgbt-fight.org/
If you consider necessary, please, specify to us for what from listed before the directions of our activity you would like to spend your donation. In case you, for any reasons, don't want to use the payment systems transferred on our site, write to us (an E-mail: lgbt.fight@gmail.com), and we will send at once you the documents necessary for a bank transfer of money.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lgbt.fight
YouTube: LGBT.Fight
Thank you!
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Adolfo posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 13/09/2011
La verdadera historia del MUMS:
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(user currently living in BELGIUM) posted for lesbian readers on 17/06/2011 tagged with sexual orientation, illegality of female to female relationships +5
2 Belgian women are planning a travel to Chile and Argentina to make a documentary on lesbian women.
in Belgium we have absolute freedom to be who ever we want to be, same sex marriage is legal.
we wish to explore life as a lesbian in South America.
who can help us with information on local organisations who might wish to support us?
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