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Russian Court "Liquidates" LGBT Rights Group Over "Traditional Values."

Russian Court “Liquidates” LGBT Rights Group Over “Traditional Values.”

The Kuibyshevsky District Court in St. Petersburg, Russia ordered last week that theLGBT+ Human Rights Charitable Foundation Sphere be liquidated.  The Sphere Foundation was founded in 2011 by Russian LGBT rights activist, Igor Kochetkov.

In February, Russia’s Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit seeking to “liquidate” [disband & dissolve] Sphere Foundation arguing the group’s activities run contrary to “traditional values.”

Judge Tatiana Kuzovkina ruled in favour of the Justice Ministry’s argument that the activities of Sphere ran contrary to the Russian state policy designed to preserve, expand and develop [the country’s] human capital.” The ministry also claimed that Sphere of spreading “LGBT views” and working with people under the age of 18, aspiring, among other things, to “change Russian federal legislation regarding the LGBT movement” – Russia'[s infamous and deadly  “gay propagandalaw.

Via The Blade:

“With Sphere, the authorities have explicitly disclosed their political and anti-rights motivation from the starting block. After years of hindering the work of LGBT rights activists with the use of the “foreign agent” and “gay propaganda” laws, the authorities now demand the organization be shut down in the name of “traditional values.” The courts should not be compliant with this act of political, homophobic censorship that blatantly violate Russia’s human rights obligations.”

By the end of 2021, the Far Eastern Center for LGBT and Victims of Violence “Mayak” and the St. Petersburg LGBT initiative group “Coming Out” were also registered as that of “foreign agents”.

Earlier this month the Justice Ministry on April 8, 2022 canceled the registration of Human Rights Watch, along with Amnesty International and 13 other offices of foreign nongovernmental organizations and foundations. Human Rights Watch had maintained an office in Russia for 30 years. The action was announced just days after an appeals court upheld the liquidation of another of Russia’s human rights organizations.

Kazakhstan Lawmakers Work To Ban Gay ‘Propaganda: “We have stooped so low that LGBTs no longer hide their orientation”

anti-gay sign

A Kazakhstan, group of social activists have petitioned to legally ban gay “propaganda” in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews reports.

The activists urged the Parliament to introduce changes into the country’s legislation to ban gay “propaganda” and prohibit the people known to be gay from holding public offices and serving in the Kazakh army.

The lawmakers are now working on a new version of the Marriage and Family Code that already bans people known to be gay from adopting children. This is where the anti-gay changes are expected to appear soon.

The legal ban is highly called for, according to Bolashak’s leader Dauren Babamuratov, because the Kazakh society has been experiencing a lot of pressure from its gay members over the past several years.

“We have stooped so low that LGBTs no longer hide their orientation. One can see a lot of people in the city’s malls and other public places — these are young people in coloured pants. This means they no longer hide their (sexual) orientation. I think it is very easy to identify a gay person by his or her DNA. A blood test can show the presence of degeneratism in a person,” Dauren Babamuratov, the leader of the Kazakh national movement.

But some are standing up the anti-gay faction

“There is no gay ‘propaganda’ in Kazakhstan, but there is homophobia,” Kazakh activist and journalist Zhanar Sekerbayeva spoke up against the proposed ban, adding that there were other much more pressing problems, such as corruption and unemployment, that the Kazakh Government had to be concerned about.

She called Kazakhstan not stopped following Russia and copying Putin’s imperialistic regime. Russia adopted its law banning gay “propaganda” last year.

Intolerance to LGBT is a common feature of Russia and Central Asia, and their “post traumatic” societies, she said.

“The question of gay marriage in Kazakhstan has never been on the agenda. No one has been promoting it (gay lifestyle). There have been no public speeches or gay pride parades. There is only homophobia and discrimination of women,” she said.

The “LGBT community is not an invention of the West. And they (gay people) are much more traditional than ‘traditional’ heterosexuals. LGBT people have always been there since the ancient times – Ancient Rome, Greece, it is only that the attitude towards them was different,” said the young journalist and social activist.  “I don’t see the future of my country in discrimination of gay people,” she concluded.

 

Ukraine Parliament Cancels Vote On “Gay Propaganda Law” Similar To The One In St. Petersburg Russia

After an international outcry, the Ukrainian parliament has cancelled at the last-minute a vote on legislation that would ban any Ukrainian citizen from speaking out favorably about homosexuality much like the draconian “gay propaganda law” that was recently passed in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Law 8711 would have made it illegal to “spread homosexuality” by “holding meetings, parades, actions, demonstrations and mass events aiming at intentional distribution of any positive information about homosexuality” and impose heavy fines and up to five years imprisonment.

Key European governments, the European Parliament and even Sir Elton John denounced the law, with the governments of Ireland and Argentina issuing statements as late as Thursday.  The United States, while not part of the European Union did not comment on the law.

According to Andre Banks, co-founder and executive director of AllOut.org.  “More than 120,000 All Out members spoke out against this horrendous legislation and pushed it to the top of Europe’s diplomatic agenda.  The message of our growing global movement is simple – everyone should be able to live openly and love who they choose. That call has been echoed by the European diplomatic community who played a critical role in blocking the progress of the gay gag law.  Above all, this is a victory for our partners in Ukraine. Together we are sending a strong message to the other governments of Eastern Europe.”

The move to cancel the bill is seen as a huge victory for its opponents and leaves only a small window in September for it to be reconsidered before the dissolution of the current sitting Ukrainian Parliament.

The Ukraine is currently attempting to join the European Union. The EU’s human  rights standards would expressly clash with Law 8711.