Showing posts with label Disfranchised. Show all posts
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September 15, 2013

This Anti gay Law Shames Putin’s Russia and The Damaged is Permanent

Moscow – A friend of mine who grew up in a small Soviet town realized he was gay by age 15. He did not know the word but he could no longer deny that he was sexually attracted to boys, not girls. He had no idea what it meant and felt rather lost. So, he went to see a kind, elderly doctor and hesitantly asked the question. After a stretch of uncomfortable silence, the doctor said quietly, “Take a lot of vitamin C and hopefully it'll get better with time.... But most importantly, don’t ever mention this to anyone.”
Homosexuality was a criminal offense under the Soviets, and the doctor was trying to protect his stammering teenage patient. When my friend told me this story many years later, we had a good laugh, agreeing that though things weren’t easy for gay people in Russia, you did not have to stay shut in that closet for life. This was before disgraceful homophobic legislation was adopted in June.
The new law bans dissemination among minors of information promoting the “attractiveness of nontraditional sexual relationships” and providing a “distorted notion of social equivalence of traditional and nontraditional sexual relationships.”
It does not define “nontraditional” but it is widely understood to mean “homosexual.” And it basically means that you cannot publicly say anything positive about being gay or tell a child that there is nothing wrong with being gay or being raised by gay parents.
It seems that the Kremlin underestimated the prominence of the international LGBT rights movement and the damage the law would do to Russia’s image,especially with the Sochi Olympics just months away, the host country being so much in the spotlight.
Russia’s failure to honor the Olympic Charter’s requirement of nondiscrimination came under scrutiny as the International Olympic Committee continued to seek assurances that enforcement of the law would not affect the games. Russian officials at the highest level have been trying to smooth over the scandal.
President Vladamir Putin himself said in a recent interview that in Russia “people of nontraditional sexual orientation are not discriminated against” and that they are valued and equal citizens of the Russian Federation. Putin even noted that he was open to a discussion with LGBT organizations. That’s welcome, but is he to be trusted?
As is often the case here, it’s one step forward and two steps backward. So far no meeting with LGBT activists has been convened and there have been no efforts to have the heinous law repealed. Worse, several legislators have just introduceda bill to deny parental rightsto one or both parents of “nontraditional sexual orientation.”
The main author of the bill and a member of the ruling party’s faction in the State Duma, Alexei Zhuravlev, explained that the bill aims to “protect” children from psychological trauma and pertains to those parents who “do not conceal their same-sex sexual relationships.” The message sent to LGBT people is clear: If you don’t want your kids taken away from you you’d better keep your mouth shut.
And it is particularly ironic that just days later in his much discussed New York Times op-edon Syria, Vladimir Putin urged the Americansnot to forget that “God created us all equal.” People in Russia would’ve laughed if only things weren’t getting bad enough to cry.
When questioned about the discriminatory legislation, Russian officials often chide critics for exaggerating – this is not the Soviet Union, and gay people live in Russia freely. Indeed, you will not be thrown behind bars for being gay. But the advice given to my friend by that doctor some 40 years ago has become very relevant once again: “...don't you ever mention this to anyone!”In other words, if you want to have a life, don’t you dare poke your nose out of that closet.
 Tanya Lokshina

September 3, 2011

MVadum/Cap Research:'Registering the poor To vote is unAmerican'

By Muriel Kane
Many conservatives appear to think badly of poor people, but Matthew Vadum of the Capital Research Center takes it a step further. According to the title of his latest article for American Thinker, he believes that "registering the poor to vote is un-American."
"Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?" Vadum asks. "Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery."
"Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals," he continues. "It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country-- which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote. ... Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn't about helping the poor. It's about helping the poor to help themselves to others' money."
Vadum goes on to claim that "registering the unproductive to vote is an idea that was heavily promoted by the small-c communists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven" -- and if that assertion sounds suspiciously like the similar theories involving Cloward and Piven promoted by Glenn Beck, it is no coincidence.
Vadum describes himself in his Twitter profile as "Glenn Beck's tutor on the Left," and the description accompanying a video uploaded by Vadum to YouTube this July states, "Glenn Beck learned about the 'Cloward-Piven Strategy' of orchestrated crisis for the first time ever when he interviewed Matthew Vadum, an expert on left-wing pressure groups, on Fox News on May 13, 2009."
Two years ago, Raw Story reported on the agenda of the Capital Research Center, where Vadum is a senior editor, as being intended to "defund the left":
"The idea of starving the Democratic Party of donations by defunding the progressive non-profits that form a central pillar of its support is not new. It goes back to at least 1981, when the Heritage Foundation published a set of over 2000 policy recommendations for the Reagan administration. ... The Capital Research Center (CRC) was founded in 1984 by a former Heritage Foundation vice president to implement this agenda by uncovering the presumably questionable funding sources of progressive groups. ...
"Currently, CRC senior editor Matthew Vadum -- who describes himself as 'America's foremost expert on the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN' -- seems to be carrying much of the weight of the anti-ACORN campaign through his blog, Twitter feed, and frequent appearances with Glenn Beck and other right-wing TV hosts.
"Last May, Vadum told Beck, 'ACORN is an immense crime family ... that has tentacles all though the United States, and now it's trying to spread to India and Canada and other places. ... They're engaged in racketeering. ... They break the law constantly.'
"'Something that needs to be explored is the roots of ACORN in the 1960s,' Vadum continued. 'It grew out of the radical welfare rights movement. And the idea behind that was that not enough people were on welfare and that you needed to pack the welfare rolls with as many people as possible in order to overwhelm the governments -- the various levels of government -- and cause social chaos.'"
Vadum's latest attack on the poor appears to be the natural extension of that same agenda. "Cloward and Piven's long campaign to bring vast numbers of unproductive people into the political process culminated in the 1993 enactment of the Motor-Voter law," he writes. "That law turned welfare offices into voter registration centers and encouraged nonprofit groups to conduct registration drives. It also opened the door to massive voter fraud. ... As Benjamin Franklin supposedly said, 'When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.' With the help of Cloward, Piven, Alinsky, and Obama, we're well on our way."

June 10, 2011

A viral video by charity 'Albert Kennedy Trust' on the Impact of Homophobia

  by Jessica Geen

The film shows gay celebrities as people facing abuse, harassment, drug addiction and homelessness because of their sexual orientation.
Paul O'Grady as an abused pensioner Stars including Sir Ian McKellen and Sue Perkins are shown sleeping rough and begging for change in the hard-hitting clip, which says that gay people who lack support can find their lives turned upside down.
Paul O’Grady, Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson and Byker Grove star Andrew Hayden-Smith also appear in the film.
The charity was founded in 1989 after the death of gay teenager Albert Kennedy, who jumped to his death while being chased by a homophobic gang.
Albert was in social care and the charity works to provide support and safe spaces for LGBT youths at risk of homelessness.
Sir Ian said: “I’ve been a supporter of the Albert Kennedy Trust since it was founded. It’s an inspiring story and it’s one of those charities that you can explain in one sentence and everybody gets it. It’s just depressing that 25 years on there is more need for the trust than ever.”
Perkins added: “We live in a really fortunate corner of the world – we’re affluent and we’re lucky, and for people to still suffer because of the prejudice of some is unforgivable so I thought it was something that was important to be involved in.”
This is the first campaign by the AKT and a spokesman for the charity said that all of those involved had given their time for free.
While the video is a viral campaign for now, AKT executives are looking into the possibility of broadcasting it. 

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