Ok, this is just going to be my own feelings on this subject: What. The. Fuck?
Russian president Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize because ”he actively promotes settlement in conflicts arising on the planet”. I’m absolutely gobsmacked. Never mind that he is supplying the al-Assad regime in Syria with weapons hey. I mean, I might have missed it altogether though I’m an avid newsreader. I am even the sort of person who goes to several different, and for some people unusual sources to check news. Habit from being at university: always be sceptical. I have NEVER heard of Putin helping settling anything. Oh, and never mind that the recent election in Russia was accused of being rigged.
What I DO know is that he as recently put in place laws regarding gay rights in Russia. This is what the actual act says:
Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations.
In reality this pretty much means that being a homosexual in Russia is illegal. If a child ask his or her parents what homosexuality is it is actually illegal to even admit that homosexuality exists.
What is this gay propaganda they are talking about? I tried to Google it but I can’t find anything. Well I did find some Christian article that said this: ”Let me say this in plain English: The gay community wants to indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society. Their ultimate dream is to create a new America based on sexual promiscuity in which the values you and I cherish are long forgotten”. Sorry but hahahahahaha. The thing about this supposed gay propaganda, I don’t get what it is. Can anyone show me any evidence where a fully heterosexual person has been converted to being homosexual purely based on this supposed gay propaganda? What there is evidence of, is that being gay is not a choice, they don’t force other people into it, they do raise children just as well as any straight couples, it does happen in the animal kingdom too. It is NORMAL!
What year are we living in? The fact is that in 2013 LGBT people are still being victimized, bullied, shunned by their families, prejudiced against in the workplace, not recognized as couples by the law and even MURDERED. Just for not being heterosexual. And while we can’t always convince some dumb people about simple facts, we should expect the governments of our countries to protect their citizens from these types of crimes, not pass laws that actually encourages them. And that is why Putin and a Nobel Prize should not be mentioned in the same sentence.