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The Man

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It's a gay rainbow flag with a bloody hand print on it.

I don it now, in honor of Russian LGBT citizens, who, while their fellows in America and Canada have achieved great freedoms and equalities, face discrimination and danger every day.

In Canada and America, gays are now free to marry, like heterosexuals. In Russia, people in your community finding out you are gay can literally get you killed. See here for examples: http://politicalhotwire.com/sexuality/125611-you-can-still-get-beat-up-being-gay-4.html#post3744935 Also: http://politicalhotwire.com/sexuality/86555-i-am-ashamed.html

Here: https://vk.com/video-15177756_165381315?list=5055c7a7f21fdb467a These young men viciously attack the other guy and beat him possibly to death, jump and stomp on his head, all because they found out he was gay. This vicious, violent homophobia is supported, encouraged, and promoted in Russia by the government and the Orthodox Church and other religious authorities. Perpetrators, in most cases, don't face justice.

For the victims of this, as well as those suffering in Ukraine (where a gay man was just killed today in Kharkov by nationalist thugs), Azerbaijan (where a transgender woman was lynched couple days ago), Uganda, Zimbabwe, Iran, in Arab countries, under ISIS, etc, for all living and facing death out there, in 3rd world barbarism, my avatar will be this, for now.
 
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BDBoop

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But this video ...........
[hr][/hr]"The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organisations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story and Brendan liked the idea."[hr][/hr]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Me_to_Church

Hozier has refused to say what is in the lock box at the center of the video.

[video=youtube;MYSVMgRr6pw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw[/video]
 
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The Man

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But this video ...........
[hr][/hr]"The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organisations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story and Brendan liked the idea."[hr][/hr]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Me_to_Church

Hozier has refused to say what is in the lock box at the center of the video.

[video=youtube;MYSVMgRr6pw]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw[/video]
Awful. And realistic...

LGBTs are, along with the homeless, the two least protected, most vulnerable groups in Russia. And, consequently, those two groups suffer the most violence :( Migrants from Central Asia too, suffer hate crimes and such, but they, at least, have community groups, migrant labor unions, antifascists, and various other activists sticking up for them. Gays and street people have few defenders...
 
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