There are plenty of information in the International Media about the danger, prisons and legal prosecution in regards to visit Russia and I feel it’s important to provide a more balanced explanation as I feel that media has not entirely expressed correctly the actual situation in Russia.
Homosexuality is not by any means forbidden in Russia. The basic context of the law is NOT a ban of homosexuality, or not to criminalize homosexuality (which is recognized without restrictions) there are plenty of gay clubs and equal rights to people of all interests – however gay parades or public promotions where children is presented is not allowed in media or public.
Same- sex marriages is at the moment not recognized in Russia as only 17 states in United States have a full legislation acceptance by law and as well by various religious segments and many as 54 of the United Nations member States are still legally opposed to any LGBT rights with strict punishments involved, bans and prosecution (Source Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_laws_of_the_world )
See below a short content of the law explained simply as related by RT: “The Russian President has recently signed two laws against:
- Insulting people’s religious feelings in public
- Propagating homosexuality amongst minors”.
Under the amended law holding public LGBT rallies is now prohibited as well as distribution of information aimed at forming non-traditional sexual concepts for children. Of the recent polls conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Center (VTSIOM) in early June showed that 88 per cent of Russians supported the amendments to the law – 7 per cent said they are against.“
I don’t believe it’s the correct way to avoid travel to Russia or boycott events held in Russia. By singlehanded boycotting one country without neither commenting nor providing travel restrictions to the mentioned individual countries and separate states in the US who provides limitations to LTGB rights. It’s of course open for discussion if this is right or wrong however within our own circle of friends whom are having “non-traditional relations” none have ever expressed any interest in participating in any public rallies or demonstrations but we all accepted their rights as a natural fact.
GREEN: Support: Countries which have signed an LGBT rights Declaration in the General Assembly, sponsored the 2011 LGBT rights resolution in the UNHRC, or both (94 member-states)RED: Oppose: Countries which had signed a statement opposing LGBT rights in 2008; initially 57, but 3 countries switched to supporting LGBT rights (54 member-states) GREY: Neither: Countries which have not officially opposed or supported LGBT rights in the UN (46 member-states). (Source Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_laws_of_the_world )