There Is No Room For Homophobia

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/07/russian-athletes-noh8_n_4058470.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

“Posing for the NOH8 Campaign while in Belgium, these individuals symbolically joined efforts on an international scale to show Russian legislators that there is no place for institutionalized homophobia or intolerance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.”

This is a huge deal. With all of the turmoil occurring over gay propaganda in Russia, having Russian athletes pose to stand up to gay prejudice is a glimmer of hope.

I personally adore this photograph. What do you think?

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I interviewed a mother, who graduated from college, in Sunnyvale, Texas about this article. This is what was said:

Me: Are you for or against the anti-gay propaganda law going on in Russia currently?

Mother:  The answer to this question is complicated.  While I am not prejudice against gays, I do feel as a parent that minors should be protected. If you look at the issue here:

Here is what Article 6.21 actually says:

Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations.

Minors are very impressionable. The brain takes until the early twenties to be fully formed.   My thoughts are to let the parents of children help to set an example and to guide them.  While I am very traditional, I also feel that if someone decides that a same sex partner is what they want, then to each his own.

Me: Should these Russian athletes have posed for this photograph?

Mother: I believe in freedom of speech and if they wanted to pose for the photograph then they should have.

 

Me: Do you think their protesting was worth it?

Mother: I have no way of knowing if their protesting was worth it.

 

Thoughts?

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