Two openly gay activists challenge Putins iron fisted rule in Parliament

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Openly Gay Candidates Push Back In Russia's Duma Elections


This..., is the very definition of "BRAVERY"


B
ulat Barantayev is calling for the impeachment of Russian President Vladimir Putin and for all corrupt officials to be tried and imprisoned.

But that's not why he has no chance of winning a legislative mandate in Russia's September 28 Duma elections.

Barantayev, by his own admission, won't be representing Novosibirsk from the liberal Parnas coalition because he is one of the first openly gay men to run for the Duma in modern Russian history.

"For a long time now, I have used all opportunities to cultivate an audience for accepting LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people," Barantayev told RFE/RL when asked why he was running in a race he is certain he can't win. "By my example, I show that gays in Russia can create their own successful businesses, can meet with people, can have children, and can even run for the State Duma."

Aleksei Korolyov is another openly gay man on the Parnas ticket in the southern city of Krasnodar. He is also realistic about his chances but confident his candidacy is a step forward for Russia.

"The LGBT community now is in a desperate situation," he told RFE/RL, "and we need allies. It is good that we have been able to form an alliance with Parnas. The LGBT community gets new resources to defend itself and the party should get some new voters.... I decided to run because the ruling party has adopted an extreme homophobic position. The authorities are facilitating a homophobic discourse in society that is inciting hate crimes."

Moved To Action

Both Barantayev and Korolyov were moved to public action by Russia's 2013 law banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships" to minors.

"The mechanism that the authorities are using to foster homophobia in society is very primitive," Barantayev said. "The LGBT community has been branded as enemies in order to divert the public's attention from real economic and political problems."

Barantayev, 33, has been open about his sexuality since he was 25, and in 2011 he created the local nongovernmental GORD gay-advocacy organization.

In 2009, he was inspired when opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead in Moscow in 2015, made a quixotic run to become mayor of the city of Sochi. He joined Nemtsov's Solidarity movement, the first step on his road to the current campaign.
 
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So these guys are speaking out because they want to advocate sexual relationships with minors and you call them hero's?
Both Barantayev and Korolyov were moved to public action by Russia's 2013 law banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships" to minors.
The left is truly sick.
 
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So these guys are speaking out because they want to advocate sexual relationships with minors and you call them hero's?

The left is truly sick.
I don't think that's what is being said. I believe the reference is concerning relationships between minors.

Why is this a left-right thing? The right has gay people in it, too -- it just is not really spoken of.
 
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Russia hasn't outlawed Gays. It has Outlawed teaching homosexuality and contact of gays with minors.
 

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Bulat Barantayev

He is a fairly well known face in Novosibirsk for his activism.

Doesn't hide his orientation either, openly posts pics with his boyfriend


He is Tatar, by ethnicity. Big Tatar community in Novosibirsk, biggest in Siberia

(at annual Sabantui party all Tatar communities around the country put up every year, Novosibirsk hosts the third biggest, consistently, after only Astrakhan and Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan itself; Sabantui is fun, everyone wears traditional clothes, lots of good sobgs and sancing, great Tatar food, nice looking Tatar girls lol So, no, by far not only Tatars go to these things haha)

Anyhow, that lad, Barantayev, he gets threats from both the Slavic, Orthodox Christian hardliners, and also wackos among his own people. Most Tatars don't like the gays either, they are Muslims, ya know... As I understand, the Tatar community leaders in Novosibirsk have essentially officially disowned this guy, as had his own father at the same meeting.

In top photo he is handing out his gay rights pamphlets on the local Alley of Heroes, next to the monument to Red Army troops posthumously awarded title Hero of Soviet Union in WWII. This offended plenty of folks and, in fact, he had to leave quickly when someone warned him people were coming over to beat his ass...

And some people argue homosexuality is a choice... Who the fuck would willingly CHOOSE to bring all these problems on themselves???
 
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So these guys are speaking out because they want to advocate sexual relationships with minors and you call them hero's?

The left is truly sick.
The law is not about advocating sexual relations to minors. The law, basically, prohibits teaching kids that its okay to be gay...
 
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The law is not about advocating sexual relations to minors. The law, basically, prohibits teaching kids that its okay to be gay...
If you are gay you are gay.

We already know this.

This law prevents the induction of new kids who are not gay from being influenced into the practice.

Putin was right.

What these people want to do are to recruit more people to their cause.
 
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If you are gay you are gay.

We already know this.

This law prevents the induction of new kids who are not gay from being influenced into the practice.

Putin was right.

What these people want to do are to recruit more people to their cause.
Ballpark... How much of what you post do you actually believe?

Just curious.

Cheers.
 
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