THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — In the aftermath of a new Russian law that outlaws disseminating to minors the idea being LGBT is “socially equivalent” to a traditional relationship, Russian anti-transgender and LGBT hate groups (and individuals) find themselves now armed with a nifty Weapon of Mass Hate. This law also applies to visitors to the country and anyone using the internet in Russia. Indeed, they’ve quickly started enforcing it — four Dutch tourists have been busted for violating this law and will be detained for 15 days.
On top of this, there is this disturbing trend — a growing number of people in the Russian population have resorted to seemingly unchecked violence against trans and LGBT people in ways not seen in the United States — for instance, Pride parades have been either interrupted or overrun — usually accompanied with violence.
I could go on, but readers can get the gist here. The question now is who can we hold responsible for this new intimidation of trans and LGBT people? I’d say we go right to the top — Russian President Vladimir Putin. He supported the trans-LGBT hate bill and isn’t speaking out against the violence against our Russian sisters and brothers.
We can make Putin accountable because we are holding 4 aces — Russia is hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. I say we play our cards.
President Putin, your move.
The 2014 Winter Olympics and the LGBT hate law: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robbie-romu/sochi-olympics_b_3619476.html
THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT is associated with Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com/
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/