After talking a lot in class about national and worldwide issues involving other countries law and regulations towards the LGBTQ community it really opened up a whole other side of things I usually don’t think about. I am so focused on what is going on in our country right now regarding LGBTQ and politics that I don’t even think about what it is like in other countries. We talked specifically about Russia and my jaw dropped in shock of how liberal things are over there. The clip today bout their fear of gender “abnormalities” and fear of LGBTQ really showed me how stuck in the past some of these countries are. It is time to move forward with new and different views on the world, having those views being more accepting. Equality is not a new concept for my generation and it blows my mind that due to religion and other groups in society, some things just seem like they will never change. I read an article about Chechnya, to explore more about the topics we covered in class. There is a movement to evacuate those who are gay and are in fear of their lives, but this movement is being produces by a very small support group for LGBTQ which typically has to stay under the radar to avoid getting killed or prosecuted. The article states that they have helped and supported 30 survivors so far. This is a small number compared to how many people most likely need their help. The torture done to these individuals is now being called the “Chechen Purge” which I cannot believe is still happening in this day in age. It is a difficult situation because I think it is hard to get people into the country and help them, because who is going to listen to a bunch of Americans telling them how to run their country? I hope that issues like this can be solved through education of what someone who is gay really goes through and that it is not a choice for them. I think those in Russia clearly do not understand the reality of what LGBTQ is. This probably relates back to the fact that their leader is a white, straight male and the thoughts and personal opinions of his obviously translate into the regulations and movements that go on in the country.
Here is the link made by the small activist group for aiding LGBTQ in Russia:
“News Update: Persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya, April 17.” News Update: Persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya, April 17 | Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2017.