This Viral Russian Election Ad Has A Very Gay Twist

Oh Russia, sending us mixed signals again?

It’s nearing close to election time in the Country of Russia with votes set to start in September, and a new interesting video has popped up ahead of that time.

According to GayStarNews, no one knows where the now viral election video came from for sure, but several people have guessed that it’s the work of the local government.

The video itself, which you can watch below, shows two men discussing the upcoming election. The video shows them in deep conversation as they sit at a park bench, ride a public bus, and walk down the sidewalk.

While a translated version has not been found yet, the Moscow Times reports that the two men comment that elections are an “an illusion of democracy.” They then state that they won't vote.

The last scene then shows the two men entering an apartment bedroom and taking their clothes off.

As they do this, one man is overheard saying, “Let the others go and vote. We have more important things to do."

The video ends with one man lying face down on the bed, in just his underwear, and another man closing the door as he unzips his pants.

While this video seems VERY GAY at a first glance, it actually presents a pretty messed up message.

The message the advertisement is trying to present is that if citizens don’t vote, they’re gay. Basically, this is a homophobic scare tactic to get people voting and present this image of LGBT people being lazy/irresponsible citizens. And this isn’t the first time an ad like this has shown up.

When even teenagers are being charged for Russia’s Anti-Gay Propaganda law, it’s amazing that whoever’s behind this video, government or not, has gotten away with zero fines.

Just another day in Russia.

h/t: Gay Star News, The Moscow Times

Russian Teen Found Guilty Of "Gay Propaganda" After Posting Pictures On Social Media

A Russian teen has been charged a 50,000 rubles ($762.50) fine for posting gay propaganda online.

16-year-old Maxim Neverov has been charged with “propaganda of homosexuality among minors,” according to LGBTQ advocacy group the Russian LGBT Network.

What caused this “offense” was the uploading of images onto the social media site “VKontakte.” An office report on the case overseen by the Commission on Minors and the Protection of Minors’ Rights says that Neverov shared “some pictures (photos) of young men whose appearance (partly nude body parts) had the characteristics of propaganda of homosexual relations according to the expert opinion.”

The Russian LGBT Network provided a lawyer, named Artem Lapov, for Neverov, but they unfortunately lost the case. Lapov is now trying to appeal the decision and says it violates Neverov’s freedom of expression.

To add to that point, Lapov shares that the commission never proved that Neverov posted the pictures himself. Plus, they wanted Neverov to give his testimony to the police officer filing the report without the consult of his lawyer. Neverov refused and thus never got his testimony on the record.

The Russian LGBT Network also pointed out the convenience of Neverov, a minor, being the target of this charge made to protect minors.

Earlier this year, Maxim Neverov was one of the organizers for a performance titled “Gay or Putin.” The performance was so infamously shared by new sources that even the federal legislative assembly, called the Duma, allegedly discussed it. In addition, Neverov’s case materials mention a pride parade that he tried to organize.

Again, Maxim Neverov’s lawyer, Artem Lapov, is trying appeal the court case, but the Commission will provide the reasoning for its judgment before that happens.

h/t: The Russian LGBT Network

Two Chinese Citizens Were Attacked By Security Guards At A Beijing Pride Event

Video of security guards attacking two Chinese women at an LGBTQ event in Beijing has sparked outrage online.

This past Sunday, LGBTQ people and supporters gathered at the 798 district in Beijing, which is known for its art. At the time, people were gathering to hand out rainbow badges to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia. Unfortunately, that would then incite a homophobic attack of its own.

Two security guards stopped the organizer of the event from walking further down district 798 saying that the badges weren’t allowed in the district. An argument ensued and quickly escalated to the point of multiple security guards ganging up on two women in the street.

Piaoquanjun, the online alias of the organizer of the event, told Chinese state media Global Times that the two women were sent to the hospital.

Later, a video of the fight found its way online and the hashtag 798 beating started trending. Unfortunately, both the video and hashtag were later blocked on social media sites like Weibo (which itself has had problems with LGBTQ people).

In response to this situation, the Guangzhou gender Education Centre published an open letter online saying, “This is not only a violation of the dignity and rights of the LGBT community, but also a naked trampling of the basic rights of citizens prescribed by the constitution.”

Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but the Chinese government has a spotty record of how it treats LGBTQ people. It seems that China officials will acknowledge and accept LGBTQ people as long as they aren’t out in the open.

As Lu Pin, the founder of the blog The Feminist Voices said concerning the incident and the political climate, “The public space for diverse expressions is collapsing. People are realizing that they must stand up for their rights, but the situation is so difficult now.”

Website GayHomophobe Tells You All About Closeted Homophobes In Office

Across the internet, there are several services and websites out there to help inform and engage LGBTQ people and allies.

For this article, I wanted to share with you all this simple and cool site that gives you information about former closeted homophobes with political power.

As described on the website itself, GayHomophobe is a site that keeps records of people who had power, used it to push anti-LGBT rhetoric/laws, and turned out to be a closet case.

From Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey to Virginia Representative Ed Schrock, the site has a list of closeted hypocrites for us all to check out and read up on.

On top of having names and pictures of past offenders, there’s also more information like the date that they came out, how long it was before an earlier case of a homophobe coming out, whether coming out was their choice or if they were caught with their pants down, whether they’ve done a 180° and now support LGBTQ rights, and specific information pertaining to each situation.

Not only does the site keep these records for us all to read later, but it also tries to stay up-to-date with recent incidents of homophobic closet cases as well.

On top of that, the only money the site makes is from its ads. Then, 100% of those net proceeds go towards the charity Truth Wins Out. So, by clicking on ads you are helping a great cause, or you could just go straight to donating to Truth Wins Out here.

If you’re looking for a list of evidence that proves the old cliché “Homophobes are just a closet cases” right, then you can check out gayhomophobe.com. It’s a resource of information that’s ready to be at your disposal.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Announces Plan To Fight Wrongful Sexual Practices

We’re talking about Uganda again.

It seems that not only are Uganda’s Parliament members extremely homophobic, but so too is its president.

Earlier this week, President Yoweri Museveni announced in a televised press conference that he wanted to ban oral sex entirely.

“Let me take this opportunity to warn our people publicly about the wrong practices indulged in and promoted by some of the outsiders,” he said.

“One of them is what they call oral sex. The mouth is for eating, not for sex,” he added.

Honestly, we initially want to take the stance of pitying the man who’s clearly blocking himself off from quite the experience, but then the reality of the situation seeps in.

This isn’t the first time that President Museveni has taken an extreme stance against sexuality, and the President has a specific vendetta against homosexuality.

In 2013, he and other politicians produced the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, which placed harsh rules against gay people.

Thankfully, other governments saw the law for what it was, cruel and unnecessary. Several governments then announced they would be withdrawing foreign aid to the country if the act was upheld. Then, what do you know, the Ugandan Constitutional Court annulled the law nine months later…

With many of the country's politicians calling for harsher laws against homosexuality, things might get rough for LGBTQ citizens of Uganda in the coming future.

h/t: GayStarNews