Russian Regulations

A woman holds a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Madrid, Spain Friday Aug. 23. The protesters criticized Russia's new law on LGBT individuals, calling for the Winter 2014 Olympic Games to be taken away from Sochi. Russia issued a law that bans 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations' and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies. AP photo

(Photo from protests over Sochi Olympic regulations)

Russia is attempting to pass a new health law, which would affect “‘non-traditional sexual relationships,’ including homosexuality and pedophilia” and have some serious consequences for queer Russians.

Some details:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/victorstepanov/russia-proposes-dedicated-health-facilities-to-treat-homosex#.mpR9d0vWRM

For the full site (in Russian:)

http://regulation.gov.ru/projects#npa=46419

 

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Prejudiced Politicians?

The fight for the US presidency is getting progressively more heated among candidate, with many diverging on several key issues. But where do they stand on rights for LGBTQ+ folks?

Here is a Wikipedia-type page that collects information on where the candidates stand:

https://ballotpedia.org/2016_presidential_candidates_on_gay_rights

Here are some articles quoting other recent statements.

What Rubio says:

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/ericrosswood/marco_rubio_doubles_down_with_new_plan_to_take_away_lgbt_rights

The Democrats:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/22/bernie-sanders-s-real-beef-with-the-lgbt-establishment.html

And Trump:

… then Trumping himself several weeks later…

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/02/backflip-trump-now-claims-he-will-push-for-lgbt-rights-if-elected/

 

Sodomy Ban for Animal Protection?

Michigan passes a law reaffirming sodomy is a felony, punishable by 15 years in prison. (Despite being in a direct contrast with a 2003 Supreme Court Ruling.) However, one senator argues it is important for preventing animal abuse. What do you think?

http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/johnwright/michigan_senate_passes_bill_saying_sodomy_is_a_felony

Here is a map of the states and their position on the issue:

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/map-has-your-state-banned-sodomy