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Russia Says They Will Openly Arrest Gay Tourists

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TravelLandscapeThinking of taking a vacation to Europe this summer? If a trip to iconic city of Moscow or the edgier St. Petersburg is on your bucket list, an anti-gay law recently passed in Russia may have you thinking again. It is now outlawed to be ‘out and proud.’ In a throwback to the country’s authoritarian ruling, Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial law that punishes people for “homosexual propaganda.” The law fines people—including tourists—up to 200,000 rubles ($6,240 CDN) for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” For Canadians—where same-sex marriage is legal—it is unfathomable that Russia’s laws permit the government to arrest and detain gay, or pro-gay, foreigners for up to 14 days before they would then be expelled from the country. So what is considered pro-gay? Anything from gay-affirmative speech to hand-holding; even displaying a rainbow flag alongside a maple leaf on your backpack is illegal. Recently in southern Russia, there were complaints that Elton John’s stage outfits fell under “gay propaganda.” While LGBT are being told they are unwelcome in Russia, with such vague definitions, one wonders if anyone who even looks like they might be gay could also be fined or deported from the country.

Fucking Putin. Dude just doesn’t want homosexual propaganda in his country. I don’t have any problem with the G’s but I can’t help but respect this move. Putin is the Captain of his ship.  And he doesn’t want any gay shit on his ship. He doesn’t want Elton John prancing around Moscow in a sequined jacket. He doesn’t want hand holding and rainbows and shit. Russia has a reputation to uphold, and lets be honest, fabulous gay stuff just doesn’t jive with that. You’re a dude that wants to blow dudes? Go for it. Just be aware that if you do it in Russia you’re going to the clink for 14 days and getting kicked out of the country.

I’m not saying its right. I’m just saying Putin does what he wants, when he wants, so watch out who you buttfuck when you’re on his turf.