According to the Moscow Times, Olga Lenkova, an activist with Vykhod, a gay rights group in St. Petersburg, said a similar measure introduced in her city last February prompted potential partner organizations, including those that would ordinarily host seminars and discussion groups, to shy away from working with the group for fear that they could be fined. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reflecting on that countries history, has called on President Vladimir Putin to veto the bill out of concerns that it would lead to further discrimination. The bill is in contradiction to the spirit of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The bill proposed in Uganda, sparked unprecedented killings
of LGBT people without successfully being passed. Life there is reminiscent of
the Salem Witch Trials, where anyone suspected of homosexuality is dragged into
the streets, beaten and killed. Even here in America, Since
Marriage Equality has become a hot topic in our own politics there has been
a rise in violence against LGBT people. In the most liberal city in our
country, NYC, there have been rising violent attacks on LGBT people and
recently the brutal murder of thirty-two year old Mark Carson in an alleged
anti-gay shooting in of all places, Greenwich Village. So far, every
month this year, we in the Trans Community have read about yet another young
Trans-woman of color found dead. More needs to be done and more pressure placed
on our government and LGBT organizations worldwide to push the United Nations
to amend Article 2 of CPPCF, to include gender identity and sexual orientation.
Without it we currently are witnessing a push, one country at a time, to an
outright genocide of LGBT people without any major nation showing their
outrage. One only needs to remember the sequence of events that lead to the
persecution of the Jews during World War 2. In the beginning, now one opposed
Hitler or question what he and the German government was doing to the Jews and
when the war was over six million lay dead. Are we willing to wait until we
reach that point? Seventy-six countries still criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people everywhere continue to suffer violent attacks and discriminatory treatment. It's past time to make a change.
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