Russia, May 2013: Vladislav Tornovoi, a young Russian man of 22, is stripped, abused with beer bottles, and then beaten with a concrete block. As if that wasn’t enough, his killers also try to set his body on fire. Two men are arrested for his murder and, according to the authorities, they are Vladislav’s friends. With friends like that who needs enemies?
When asked by investigators why they killed their friend, one of the men says, “Because he was a fag.”
Vladislav’s injuries were so severe that doctors advised his father not to see the body.
There are talks that young Vladislav Tornovoi wasn’t gay and that his killers only said that to gain public sympathy because, in Russia, being gay is considered to be a crime.
Unfortunately for many, homophobia is still a problem in the present day. Not being gay myself, I have no problem being among gays as a few of my friends are homosexuals.
Activists will now attempt to hold a gay pride in Moscow, and this is a real hard thing to do in Russia because such things are banned there. The activists have already been warned that they will be breaking the law.
In modern Russia, the government has decided the children don’t need any education about gay rights. In order to 'protect their morality', the country’s parliament is in the process of passing a federal law that will deem all such information ‘homosexual propaganda’, and punishable by a hefty fine. It is unlikely to challenge attitudes in a country where, according to the latest polls, more than three quarters of the population already think homosexuality is either a bad habit, a disease or the result of trauma.
The hate never ends…
Don’t we ever learn?
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