Tuesday, August 13, 2013

LGBT rights in Singapore vs. Russia

While I don't really care what goes on between two consenting adults, the law does.

There's been a lot of global media attention (OK, fine, mostly Western media attention) about the "gay propaganda" law that was unanimously passed in Russian Parliament and subsequently signed into action by Putin. It's hard to get the whole Duma to agree on anything, so this was certainly something Russians feel strongly about.

Many Russians on both sides did not act in a civilised manner, and people have been physically injured at protests. But then again, what do I know about public protests, right? It's practically impossible to hold one in Singapore, and I am just as indifferent to protests and demonstrations as I am to chewing gum because I simply didn't grow up chewing gum. I grew up in a very conservative, homophobic environment--in an all-girls, Methodist mission school, and from my experience, not much more homophobic than in Russia. Neither Russia, nor Singapore, is quite ready for civilised debate about gay rights. The laws in place are very much a reflection of the current attitudes of the people--and mostly, the "silent majority".

So why the global hysteria, people?

Let's put it all in perspective before anyone else wants to jump on the bandwagon to condemn Russia. Homosexual relations (between men), are currently illegal in Singapore, and punishable by a jail term up to 2 years.

In Russia, homosexuality has been legal since 1993.

Yet no one has called for the boycott of the Youth Olympics, or called for LGBT rights supporters to send sex toys to Lee Hsein Loong, or to pour Tiger Beer down the drain in front of our embassies in protest.

So all I have to say to the LGBT side protesting against Russia: if you want to get your rights, grow up first, or no one will ever take you seriously. Russia may not be the ideal place to raise a "non-traditional" family, but there certainly are worse places to be--where homosexuality is actually illegal and punishable by law.

Meanwhile, I'm against any sort of propaganda against minors.

Russia's ruling party should get rid of the Nashi youth movement while they're at it too.

(Which they have.)

Read more about the issue:
Collection of articles on the topic of the gay propganda law on RIAN
Voice of Russia: Hysteria about law against gay propaganda starting to annoy – Russian LGTB member

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