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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in RUSSIAN FEDERATION...
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Barbara (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for straight readers on 10/12/2013
Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Barbara, one of the interpreters at the ILGA conference in Stockholm. I contact you because a friend of mine has a very good friend in a difficult situation regarding her homosexuality and fear of deportation to Russia and I was wondering if you could provide me with an email of someone at ILGA that could help her:

Ira Putilova has been detained today by UKBA officials. Ira is an LGBTQ person from Russia who is currently claiming asylum in the U.K for her own safety. In Russia she was harrassed, followed, and attacked, by state officials, the police and Neo Nazis because of her political activism and LGBTQ status; if she is returned to Russia she is likely to face torture, detention, and potentially death. Today (06/12/13) she was taken by UKBA officials to Yarls Wood Immigration Removal Centre and may face imminent deportation. We have recently lost contact with Ira, but are hoping to speak to her later tonight when she arrives at Yarls Wood

I apologize for the inconveniences this may causes you and I hope this email finds you well.

Kind regards,

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Никита (user currently living in RUSSIAN FEDERATION) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 02/12/2013 +25
Хочу поднять некую тему и привлечь внимание!
В России есть активисты ЛГБТ движения которые преследуют свои личные и корыстные цели, помощи от них ни какой, прямая агрессия с их стороны! У меня много информации о некоторых активистах, которые явно преследуют корыстные цели в свою пользу, помощи они не оказывают только какие то собрания на которых говорят о чем то другом,,, я много раз сталкивался с личным оскорблением одной Активистки Наташи Цимбаловой,,, в её группе "Альянс гетеросексуалов за права ЛГБТ,они и капли уважения не уделяла гею,а порой и осыпала оскорблениями, хотя вроде активистка ЛГБТ движения!!! Я считаю что помощь ЛГБТ людям нужно оказывать на прямую а не через активистов, либо как то координировать их действия и поступки, у меня много информации по поводу этого сайта где дискриминируют СЕКС МЕНЬШИНСТВА, хотя и сайт на ЛГБТ тематику!!! Свои слова могу подтвердить скринами страниц с конфликтами!!! ПОЗОР ТАКИМ АКТИВИСТАМ,,,
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Gabor Kale (user currently living in HUNGARY) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 13/09/2013 tagged with tourism, hate crime and violence prevention, laws and leadership , sexual orientation
Open letter to Thomas Bach, the new president of IOC
... In the event of non compliance with the Olympic Charter the IOC is entitled to withdraw, at any time and with immediate effect, the organisation of the Olympic Games from the host city" (Olympic Charter 36 ยง 2.)
The IOC is entitled to withdraw the right to host Winter Olympic Games from Russia.
Please find the whole letter on Kaleidoscope website: http://kaleidoscope.blog.hu/2013/09/13/open_letter_to_thomas_bach_the_new_president_of_ioc
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Ilya (user currently living in RUSSIAN FEDERATION) posted for straight readers on 02/09/2013 +5
I was born and grew up in a fairly large city of Russia, but in spite of this I never really thought about homosexuality. I actually did not know anything about it, except that it's bad. I first encountered this when i left studying in London.
When I was in London, I and my friend from college had fun and spend time in bars and nightclubs, like typical young people. So one of the weekends, we got to the party. Walking around the city, accidentally wandered into a bar in Soho. Besides the fact that Soho is the main shopping and entertainment district of London, it is still considered a quarter for gays and lesbians, but we found out about it later. So, before we go inside, a security guard at the entrance told us that this is a gay bar. We thought for a moment, but something we pushed, or the amount of alcohol consumed, whether banal interest and we decided to go inside. There were a lot of people, and, as I later realized, were not only gays. And I found myself thinking, if the security guard told us that this is a gay bar, then we would never have understood, because it is absolutely no different from an ordinary bar. We looked around, ordered a drink and sat down at a small table near the bar.
Having missed a couple of cocktails, we once again, standing at the bar for a refill and got acquainted with a young man and he invited us to the table. There sat his partner. We sat and talked and drank and had a lot of fun. I want to say that they were nice people, well- educated and mannerly. One of them was a lawyer and the other a financier. We talked on various topics, and no one tried to seduce us. After a while the bar began to close, they left us business cards and said goodbye.
And that's what I want to say about it: they are absolutely no different from people with traditional views, they have no problem to force you to their "homosexual positions" and to win over to their side, and even more drag in bed. They are happy and they do not care about your orientation. This is not a war where there is a constant recruitment and recruitment again the new recruits.. However, for some reason people with traditional views have some problems with this topic.
I was wondering why I have come across this in Russia only with a negative color. I began to read a variety of books on this subject and discovered a lot of interesting things. Homosexuality devided into several types, such as natural which is only 3 - 5% of the total population. Social – it associated with the lack of the opposite sex and is often found in armies and prisons. Psychological - heterosexual intimacy is blocked psychological causes.
Discrimination against homosexuals was particularly strong in the past, but is preserved in the present. Today, the level of homophobia and sexism in Russia is extremely high. You can constantly observe the various videos on the Internet, where young people brutally beat others just for the fact that they are a different sexual orientation.
That’s how was born the script of this film, where the main goal is to show how homophobic, xenophobic, chauvinistic views of the majority scratching the life of people who is "not like others." In my film, I do not give praise; I do not blame anyone and nowhere urge, but only trying to show what I see myself. And the audience will decide what conclusions do.
I would be so gradefull if you help us and support our project. We making a film and using the crowd finding website http://igg.me/p/511210/x/4516979. Please just have a look and make you decisions. Thank you
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Taras (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 03/01/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, sexual orientation
Happy New Year! Wish everybody to have better life in new year and good changes in homofobic countries
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Taras (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian bisexual straight readers on 27/10/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights +15
I am from Russia and I am gay. My past experience of living there was horrible. Especially last few years. I was beaten, threatened, harassed and abused because of my sexual orientation. Russia is a very homophobic country. Everybody: policemen, officials, common people, orthodox church etc. hate us. They say we are sick, call us freaks, perverts, garbage. All our rights and freedoms violated and nobody cares.
I was beaten by neo-nazies and policemen because I am “not like them… different”. And I got to hospital two times in very grave condition.
Russia hates gays and knows no mercy. I left this country 1 year ago and went to the U.S. hoping to find a new home where people value you for what you can do but not for your personal questions. The country where I have a chance for normal life. Where I don’t have to survive every day.
I am so scared to go back…
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