Russian Intolerance of Homosexual Behavior

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Although homophobia exists in nearly all societies, Russia has recently gained notoriety for its intolerance of homosexual behavior. In a world that is becoming more and more accepting and tolerant of homosexuality, Russia seems to be moving backward when it comes to LGBTQ rights, existing in a tightly conservative macrosystem. Many Russian’s hold a constructionist view of homosexuality, meaning outside forces are responsible for influencing “untraditional” behaviors, rather than the contemporary essentialist view, meaning homosexuality is an inborn trait (Welch, 146). Understandably, Russia’s tumultuous political past must be a strong contributor to today’s attitudes towards homosexuality and other sexual orientations. Under the Tsars,…show more content…
Especially made apparent recently during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, another factor is the use of the state run and social media outlets which influence the homophobic attitudes among working class Russians due to this hegemony or dominance of heterosexism as the norm by those in charge. National and local news agencies do nothing but glorify the actions of Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin, and this is effectively brainwashing the public into believing they are in a state of normality. Due to the enactment of the Anti-Gay Propaganda Law by Vladimir Putin and the Duma, the profile of the LGBTQ community has raised significantly in social and state media. Almost all of these reports are outright hostile or else noticeably negative towards homosexuality (Ennis, 1). The state-controlled news network Rossiya 1 is largely responsible for anti-gay propaganda, stating that homosexuals are an aggressive minority and that “40% of children raised in a same-sex household have venereal diseases” (Ennis, 2). One journalist for Rossiya 1 stated that Russian society is in danger of being engulfed by a “homosexual sodomite tsunami”. Social media is also being used in the harassment of the LGBTQ community with vigilante groups setting up “ambushes” luring them to meetings and then humiliating them on camera (Luhn, 1), and even forced to come out to loved ones on some occasions. These videos are then uploaded on websites such as
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