I was honoured to be asked to post on a topic on The Outlier Collective, check me out in my new frock, you can see it here
Having never written for another blog before I was a bit nervous feeling like an agoraphobic venturing out of the confines of this blog, especially when told of the serious subject matter being Russia’s anti-gay law. You’ll probably know I am rarely serious on my blog and I never took the opportunity to be serious there either.
Of course we should be rightly outraged by what is happening over there, but I also believe humour to be a great tool when highlighting the idiocy of something.
For example, in the UK now there is a group set up called Straight Pride, thank you to The Pink Agendist for highlighting them. The group feels that as heterosexuals that they are given less rights than homosexuals, a statement which is frankly ludicrous. But a group has set up a site with an almost identical name parodying their site, they look identical but mocks them without being aggressive, a stance bound to irritate the original group no end, they also commandeered their Twitter site. What the group are looking for is an argument, they want conflict, we don’t have to retaliate with that. I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if this guy was involved in other groups targeting other sections of society, some people are so unhappy in their lives that they have to mar everyone else’s.
But of course this one guy’s paranoia is nothing compared to what is happening in Russia, which is basically like the Government opening hunting season but with LGBT people as the target. Despite recent column inches, it is being brushed under the carpet. The Olympics was used as a device to persuade them to change the laws but everyone has shied away from this.
Russia is currently hosting the World Championships, they have the Olympics and they have the World Cup in 2018. They have been rewarded richly with these competitions, they will be the focus of the World, and seemingly don’t care about the impression they give to the world, an ominous stance.
Also check out Leo’s post on the subject, he perfectly manages to say what I couldn’t.
I like how we both inadvertently started our post titles “From Russia with Love” This really is the first thing that comes to mind, but the way they are going it won’t be for much longer.