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Russian lawmakers seek to ban ‘public expression’ of homosexuality

Measure introduced two years after propaganda law signed

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Two Russian lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban “public expression” of “unconventional sexual relations.” (Photo by Victorgrigas; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Critics say a bill that Russian lawmakers introduced last week would effectively ban gays and lesbians from coming out.

Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev, who are members of the Russian Communist Party, on Oct. 29 introduced the measure in the Russian Duma.

Authorities would fine people who engage in “public expression of unconventional sexual relationships,” which the measure defines as “a public demonstration of their distorted sexual preferences in public places,” 4,000 – 5,000 rubles ($62.28 – $77.85.) Those who commit the aforementioned actions “in institutions that provide educational, cultural or youth services” would face the same penalty and 15 days in jail.

Nikitchuk and Arefyev’s bill also includes a multi-page description.

“A serious danger to our society today is the promotion of homosexuality expressed in one form or another,” it reads. “We should understand that the open demonstration of non-traditional sexual relations leads to a deliberate coup [against] domestic culture and foundation of human relationships.”

The description cites then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s landmark 2011 speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council in which she proclaimed “gay rights are human rights.” It also notes President Obama’s presidential memorandum that directed government agencies responsible for U.S. foreign policy to promote LGBT rights in the countries in which they work.

“The most direct [example of promoting LGBT rights] applies to a gay parade, during which people take to the streets not only in order to protect their rights, but to demonstrate their atypical perverse sexuality,” reads the description.

“The danger of this kind of propaganda of homosexuality it is for children and young people, often very susceptible to suggestion,” it says. “Aggressive promotion of homosexual views, including undercover protection of human rights, is clearly [a] provocative character.”

The description cites members of the Russian Sexological Association who conclude homosexuality is a “social illness.” It also notes that “homosexual relationships are associated with mental illness,” even though it has not been classified as such in Russia since 1999.

The lawmakers also argue their measure is “primarily aimed at” preventing “pedophilia in Russian society.”

“Scientific research, as well as the history of homosexuality indicates that the homosexual movement from its inception includes its support of pedophilia in their agenda,” their measure reads. “You can even say that pedophilia…is an essential component of the homosexual movement, without which it would not substantially proceed.”

Advocates blast lawmakers, Russian government

Tanya Cooper of Human Rights Watch in a statement described the measure as a “new and absurd low in discriminatory legislative proposals.”

“The draft proposes to effectively outlaw being gay, and just being yourself could land you behind bars,” she said.

Shawn Gaylord of Human Rights First, a Washington-based advocacy group, agreed.

“This bill is another example of the rampant homophobia and discrimination that members of the LGBT community in Russia and the surrounding region are facing,” he told the Blade on Wednesday in a statement.

Nikitchuk and Arefyev introduced their bill more than two years after President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the promotion of so-called gay propaganda to minors. The Kremlin subsequently faced international criticism over its LGBT rights record, especially around the 2014 Winter Olympics that took place in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

“We remain concerned by the treatment of LGBT persons in Russia, including a 2013 law that outlaws so-called LGBT ‘propaganda.’” Julia Mason, an official with the State Department, told the Blade earlier this week. “We fundamentally disagree with the idea that anyone needs protection from LGBT individuals or from those advocating for the human rights of LGBT individuals.”

“We call on Russia to bring its legislation in line with its commitments and obligations, including upholding the fundamental freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association for all citizens,” she added.

Nikithuk and Arefyev note lawmakers in Kazakhstan and other neighboring countries have considered measures that would ban “aggressive propaganda of homosexuality.”

“The adoption of the bill is aimed at…strengthening public morality and health of citizens,” their bill reads.

It remains unclear as to when Russian lawmakers will consider the measure.

Neither Nikitchuk nor the Russian government responded to the Blade’s request for comment. Efforts to reach Arefyev were unsuccessful.

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  1. Sean

    November 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Heinrich Himmler would be so proud of them continuing his agenda and Nikitchuk and Arefyev should be proud that their fates are the same as that non-human German barbarian Nazi parasite.

    • maize

      January 8, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Although the Nazis did persecute homosexuals, the homosexuals the Nazis persecuted were almost exclusively the effeminate members of the gay community in Germany, and that much of the mistreatment was administered by masculine homosexuals who despised effeminacy in all its forms.

      Ludwig Lenz worked at the Sex Research Institute in Berlin, which was destroyed by Hitler’s Brown Shirts in 1933 likely because its records, including 40,000 confessions from members of the Nazi Party, would have exposed the sexual perversions of Nazi leadership. Lenz said that “not ten percent of the men who, in 1933, took the fate of Germany into their hands, were sexually normal.”

      In fact, the Nazi Party began in a gay bar in Munich, and Ernst Roehm, Hitler’s right hand in the early days of Nazism, was well-known for his taste in young boys. William Shirer says in his definitive “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” not only that Roehm was “important in the rise of Hitler,” but also “like so many of the early Nazis, (he was) a homosexual.”

      Hitler eventually had Roehm shot, not because he was a homosexual but because his influence over the Brown Shirts made him a political threat to Hitler’s control. The Roehm Purge, or “Night of the Long Knives,” was largely implemented by homosexuals.

      Hitler’s Brown Shirts, the dreaded SA, better known as “Storm Troopers,” were the creation of another homosexual, Gerhard Rossbach, and Storm Troopers were almost exclusively homosexual. They also, sadly, comprised most of the leadership of the Hitler Youth, resulting in frequent instances of sexual molestation.

      The Brown Shirts were Hitler’s enforcers. According to Nazi historian Louis Snyder, Roehm recruited homosexuals into the SA because Roehm felt Germany needed “a proud and arrogant lot who could brawl, carouse, smash windows, kill and slaughter for the hell of it. Straights, in (Roehm’s) eyes, were not as adept in such behavior as practicing homosexuals.”

      Of the Brown Shirts, historian Thomas Fuchs says, “The principle function of this army-like organization was beating up on anyone who opposed the Nazis, and Hitler believed this was a job best undertaken by homosexuals.”

      Historian H.R. Knickerbocker writes, “Roehm, as the head of 2,500,000 Storm Troops, had surrounded himself with a staff of perverts. His chiefs were almost without exception homosexuals. Indeed, unless a Storm Troop officer were homosexual, he had no chance of advancement.”

      Most of Hitler’s closest aides were homosexuals or sexual deviants. This circle included not only Roehm but the Hitler Youth leader, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Economics, Hermann Goering (who may not have been homosexual but who liked to dress in drag, paint his nails and put rouge on his cheeks), his personal attorney and his bodyguards. Hitler himself likely functioned as a male prostitute in the days of his youth in Vienna.

      Heinrich Himmler, second in power only to Hitler, was publicly opposed to homosexuality but may have been a closet homosexual himself, and served Roehm faithfully and loyally until Roehm fell out of Hitler’s favor. Himmler was deeply immersed in the occult, as was Hitler, which led them ultimately to replace every Christian holiday on the German calendar with a pagan counterpart.

      In fact, Jews and clergy alike were targets of Nazi wrath. One of the favorite tunes of the Brown Shirts contained this line, “Storm Trooper Comrades, hang the Jews and put the priests against the wall.”

      • Sean

        January 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm

        Nope. Propaganda created by anti-LGBT reich-wing Nazi maggots to attack LGBT people & our rights.

      • Sean

        January 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm

        Nope. Reich-wing revisionist propaganda created by anti-LGBT Nazi maggots to attack, demonize, & dehumanize LGBT people. Anti-LGBT Nazi maggot trash will stop violating our freedoms or they will have none.

        Nope. Hitler and the Nazi Heinrich Himmler were anti-gay and that “Munich gay bar” drivel is propaganda created by anti-gay Reich-wing “Christians” based on rumors started by those who were against the rising Nazi Party. Yes there were some gay men in the party at the beginning who fell for Hitler’s dream to restore Germany. Most of them were killed under Hitler’s order in the Night of a Thousand Knives when they sided against Himmler’s genocidal plans – the rest were jailed. Himmler then used their treason against Hitler to call for the persecution of LGBT people with the help of his Reich Central Office for the Combatting of Abortion and Homosexuality who put out anti-gay propaganda. The Nazis maintained, homosexuality would “harm the health of the German people”. Gays, they said “undermine the natural will to life by propagating an aversion to marriage and the family,” one Nazi author wrote in 1938 – basically all the same things Anti-LGBT Inc. says today. To win their release from the camps, some gays were forced to undergo castration. Others were mutilated or murdered in “medical experiments” by Nazi doctors, who insisted that homosexuality was a disease that could be “cured.” Himmler and Nazi Dr. Carl Vaernet were strong advocates of “ex-gay” rape and torture.

        Between 1933 and 1945, an estimated 100,000 men where arrested as homosexuals in Nazi Germany. 50,000 were officially sentenced, and an estimated 5-15,000 were incarcerated in concentration camps. It is unclear how many of them eventually died and/or were killed. The Nazis officially banned homosexuality in 1935. In 1941 Hitler authorized an edict that prescribed the death penalty for SS and police members found guilty of gay activity.

        Pierre Seel (1923-2005) was placed in Schirmeck-Vorbruck camp where he was tortured, starved, raped, and forced to watch his boyfriend mauled to death by German shepherds. He was then forced to enlist or be killed. He enlisted out of fear for his life but deserted and surrendered to the Allies.

        Gad Beck was another victim of the Nazis. He was a part of an underground movement to help Jews escape to Switzerland. When the Nazis captured his boyfriend, Manfred Lewin, he tried to save him. Lewin refused because he did not want to leave his family. Lewin and his family were killed in Auschwitz. Beck led a group who helped shelter, feed, and transport Jews to safety. In 1945 he was betrayed by a Jewish spy for the Gestapo and sent to a holding camp in Berlin. He was freed when the Allies defeated the Nazis.

        Magnus Hirscfeld was another vicim of the Nazis. He devoted his life to the scientific validation and political liberation of homosexuals. He founded the Institute for Sexual Research. With the rise of the Nazi party he came under attack by Heinrich Himmler. While Hirschfeld was abroad, a mob of students and storm troopers raided the Institute and burned books, journals, and other materials in a bonfire to cleanse the city of “un-German” materials which included anything mentioning homosexuality.

        Willem Arondeus was a gay dutch artist, author, and anti-Nazi freedom fighter who bombed the Amsterdam Public Records Office to hinder the identification of Jews by the Nazis in the Netherlands saving the lives of those who were able to escape before the Nazis took control. He was arrested within a week and executed. His last words were – “Let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards.”

        Alan Turing is the gay British man who created the machine that broke the Nazi enigma code. Without that machine the Allies were losing the war. With it, the Allies started winning. Without that machine, the computer you are using today would not exist, at least not in the form it is now. He helped save the world and how is he rewarded? Persecuted for being gay and the technology he is the grandfather of is being used to demonize, dehumanize, and attack people like him by ingrates like who do not deserve that technology let alone the right to call yourselves human.

        • maize

          January 8, 2016 at 8:02 pm

          The only ones revising history are the lunatics on the left and the LGBTs.

          Hitler’s doctor’s records indicate he was gay.

          The Nazis murdered 3 million Polish Catholics and other Christians.

          Because of the depth of disgust that is generated in most people by anything associated with Nazism, left-wing political activists sometimes accuse their opponents on the right of Nazi sympathies or at least Nazi-like tendencies. This tactic attempts to completely discredit the views of conservatives in the mind of the public. Even though the accusations are usually completely baseless, the damage is done. This sort of political cheap shot is related to a relatively recent debating technique identified by political scientist Leo Strauss as the “reductio ad Hitlerum.” The “reductio ad Hitlerum” is a form of an older technique called the “reductio ad absurdum” whereby an opponent’s position is “reduced to absurdity” by showing that the premises underlying his position lead to impossible or contradictory conclusions. If the ultimate consequences of his premises are absurd, then obviously his position is in error and is therefore refuted. In his book Natural Right and History (University of Chicago Press, 1953), Strauss states that the “reductio ad Hitlerum” “has frequently been used as a substitute for the reductio ad absurdum” (p. 42). The “reductio ad Hitlerum” is the idea that a view is “refuted by the fact that it happens to have been shared by Hitler” (p. 43). Strauss points out that this is a fallacy, i.e., a view is not refuted simply because Hitler held to it. Nevertheless, in many people’s minds anything that can be identified with Hitler is discredited.

          The homosexual rights movement has used this kind of tactic to some degree by promoting the idea that the Nazi German regime persecuted homosexuals. Indeed, some homosexuals were persecuted, and even ended up in concentration camps. Thus opponents of the homosexual rights movement, such as conservative Christians, can be lumped together with Nazis due to their shared opposition to homosexuality. Right? Just as the homosexuals were persecuted by the Nazis in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s, so also they are being attacked by conservative Christians in Canada, the US, and other countries today. The Christians are following in the footsteps of the Nazis. Thus Christians can be made to feel awkward by being identified with a position held by the Nazis.

          While this may be an effective tactic for homosexual activists, it is not entirely honest, to put it mildly. Although some homosexuals did suffer under the Nazis, homosexuality was not a consistent target of the Nazis. In fact, the influence of homosexuals in the Nazi Party and Nazi regime was quite strong, especially in the formative years of the party. A careful look at the situation reveals that homosexuals were responsible for many acts of Nazi brutality. Many Nazi leaders were themselves homosexuals.

          This information is documented in a book by Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams entitled The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party (Founders Publishing Corp., 1995). They discuss a large number of ways in which homosexuality and homosexuals were involved in the Nazi Party, and even just a few examples can undermine the view that Nazism was anti-homosexual.

          The National Socialist German Worker’s Party, commonly known as the Nazi Party, was formed in 1921. (It is conveniently forgotten by modern leftists that the Nazi Party was a socialist party, as the official name makes clear, but that is another issue.) The party grew rapidly during the 1920s, and it was widely known that many Nazis were homosexual. In fact, this became a political liability. “In the 1920’s the political enemies of the Nazis used their homosexuality against them with consistent success, preventing the party from gaining legitimacy. Stories were printed in the newspapers containing ‘inside’ information about homosexual activities among the Nazi leaders. The most noteworthy example of this tactic was in 1925 when documentation of Ernst Roehm’s proclivity for young boys, in the form of handwritten letters from Roehm himself, was leaked to the Social Democrat newspapers. The Nazis fared badly in the next election and Roehm soon moved to Bolivia where he would stay until Hitler called him back in 1929” (p. 26).

          The Ernst Roehm mentioned above was the leader of a Nazi terrorist paramilitary organization commonly known by its German acronym, the “SA.” Also known as the “brownshirts,” because of the brown uniforms worn by its members, the SA justly earned a reputation of being a cesspool of thugs, deviants, and criminals. The SA was under the tight control of Roehm, and was a crucial force in the rise of Nazism and Adolf Hitler. According to Lively and Abrams, “Next to Adolf Hitler, Ernst Roehm was the man in Germany most responsible for the rise of Nazism, indeed of Hitler himself” (p. 39).

          The favorite meeting place of the SA was a gay bar in Munich called the Bratwurstglockl. The earliest formative meetings of the Nazi Party were also held there. At this bar, “Roehm and associates — Edmund Heines, Karl Ernst, Ernst’s partner Captain Rohrbein, Captain Petersdorf, Count Ernst Helldorf and the rest — would meet to plan and strategize. These were the men who orchestrated the Nazi campaign of intimidation and terror. All of them were homosexual” (pp. 42-43).

          As mentioned previously, the significant role of homosexuals in the Nazi Party hurt the party’s ability to gain support and votes. In order to counteract this negative publicity, Hitler himself made public statements against homosexuality. However, Lively and Abrams argue that this was largely a public relations tactic, and did not reflect Hitler’s true position. “Despite suggestions to the contrary, Hitler was not anti-homosexual. In fact, like Roehm, Hitler seemed to prefer homosexual companions and co-workers. In addition to [the homosexuals] Roehm and Hess, two of his closest friends, Hitler apparently chose homosexuals and other sexual deviants to fill key positions nearest to himself” (p. 79).

          After coming to power, Hitler officially banned homosexuality in 1933. This is clear-cut evidence that the Nazis opposed homosexuality. Well, not quite. This law simply became another tool for the Nazis to use against their opponents. It was certainly not used to root out all homosexuality. “The masculine homosexuals in the Nazi leadership selectively enforced this policy only against their enemies and not against all homosexuals” (p. 95). The Nazis falsely accused many of their opponents of homosexuality in order to justify arresting and imprisoning them. But the law was used selectively, and “many effeminate homosexuals, especially those in the arts community, were given protection by certain Nazi leaders” (p. 96).

          In 1933 the Nazis also destroyed the Sex Research Institute, a major organization of the German homosexual movement. However, the reason for this was not because the Nazis were anti-homosexual. On the contrary, the Institute had extensive documentation about the rampant sexual deviance of numerous Nazi leaders, and this could prove damaging to them. Ludwig Lenz, the assistant director of the Institute, stated that the Nazis destroyed the Institute in order to cover up the extent of sexual perversion in the party. Lively and Abrams quote him as saying, “We knew too much. It would be against medical principles to provide a list of the Nazi leaders and their perversions [but] . . . not ten percent of the men who, in 1933, took the fate of Germany into their hands, were sexually normal . . . Our knowledge of such intimate secrets regarding members of the Nazi Party and other documentary material — we possessed about forty thousand confessions and biographical letters — was the cause of the complete and utter destruction of the Institute” (p. 101).

          A more significant factor in the view that the Nazis opposed homosexuality is the “Roehm purge” of 1934 when Ernst Roehm and other SA leaders were assassinated at Hitler’s command. Publicly, it was declared that this massacre was necessary to cleanse the Nazi Party of homosexuals. But this claim was a facade. The purge was the result of an internal power struggle, but it was much easier to justify publicly with the claim about eliminating homosexuals. Lively and Abrams state that, “[T]he Roehm Purge was not motivated by the homosexuality of its victims. The great majority of victims were not homosexuals at all” (p. 105). Indeed, “not only did the majority of the SA homosexuals survive the purge, but . . . the massacre was largely implemented by homosexuals” (p. 107). It’s simply wrong to see the purge as a deliberate attack on homosexuality. “Adolf Hitler did not purge his regime of homosexuals in this incident or at any subsequent time. On the contrary, a simple review of the historic record reveals that Hitler continued not only to surround himself with homosexuals, but to place them in key positions in the Third Reich” (p. 110).

          Some homosexuals did end up in concentration camps, but homosexuals as a class of people were not “targeted for extermination” like the Jews and others were. The homosexuals were not sent to the gas chambers. According to Lively and Abrams, “the actual number of homosexuals in the camps was a tiny fraction of both the estimated number of homosexuals in Germany and the estimate of the camp population” (p. 124). And one final fact they mention is that “many of the guards and administrators responsible for the infamous concentration camp atrocities were homosexuals themselves, which negates the idea that homosexuals in general were being persecuted and interned” (p. 124).

          The point of all this is not to suggest that homosexuals are all Nazis, or that homosexuals as a group are responsible for the Nazi phenomenon in Germany. The point is that when homosexuals claim they were the victims of Nazi atrocities they are being so selective in relating historical evidence that they end up deceiving the public. If they want to discuss the place of homosexuals in Nazi Germany, then let’s have all of the relevant information on the table, rather than an Orwellian version where certain inconvenient facts are ignored. Conservative Christians are not being like Nazis in opposing the homosexual rights movement. That is just another false assertion of the homosexual rights movement.

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          • Sean

            January 8, 2016 at 8:23 pm

            Nope. Nazi maggot. Simply nope. Scott Lively is an anti-lgbt Nazi maggot who will hang at the neck until dead for his crimes against humanity & so will you. Keep opposing my freedoms & interfering in my life & I will make sure you have none & your worthless life is a living hell. I will live my life as I want & you will get over it you Nazi maggot. fair warning, you are crossing personal lines & I will put you ant-lgbt barbarians back in your place.

            Nope. Hitler and the Nazi Heinrich Himmler were anti-gay and that “Munich gay bar” drivel is propaganda created by anti-gay Reich-wing “Christians” based on rumors started by those who were against the rising Nazi Party. Yes there were some gay men in the party at the beginning who fell for Hitler’s dream to restore Germany. Most of them were killed under Hitler’s order in the Night of a Thousand Knives when they sided against Himmler’s genocidal plans – the rest were jailed. Himmler then used their treason against Hitler to call for the persecution of LGBT people with the help of his Reich Central Office for the Combatting of Abortion and Homosexuality who put out anti-gay propaganda. The Nazis maintained, homosexuality would “harm the health of the German people”. Gays, the said “undermine the natural will to life by propagating an aversion to marriage and the family,” one Nazi author wrote in 1938 – basically all the same things Anti-LGBT Inc. says today. To win their release from the camps, some gays were forced to undergo castration. Others were mutilated or murdered in “medical experiments” by Nazi doctors, who insisted that homosexuality was a disease that could be “cured.” Himmler and Nazi Dr. Carl Vaernet were strong advocates of “ex-gay” rape and torture.

            Between 1933 and 1945, an estimated 100,000 men where arrested as homosexuals in Nazi Germany. 50,000 were officially sentenced, and an estimated 5-15,000 were incarcerated in concentration camps. It is unclear how many of them eventually died and/or were killed. The Nazis officially banned homosexuality in 1935. In 1941 Hitler authorized an edict that prescribed the death penalty for SS and police members found guilty of gay activity.

            Pierre Seel (1923-2005) was placed in Schirmeck-Vorbruck camp where he was tortured, starved, raped, and forced to watch his boyfriend mauled to death by German shepherds. He was then forced to enlist or be killed. He enlisted out of fear for his life but deserted and surrendered to the Allies.

            Gad Beck was another victim of the Nazis. He was a part of an underground movement to help Jews escape to Switzerland. When the Nazis captured his boyfriend, Manfred Lewin, he tried to save him. Lewin refused because he did not want to leave his family. Lewin and his family were killed in Auschwitz. Beck led a group who helped shelter, feed, and transport Jews to safety. In 1945 he was betrayed by a Jewish spy for the Gestapo and sent to a holding camp in Berlin. He was freed when the Allies defeated the Nazis.

            Magnus Hirscfeld was another vicim of the Nazis. He devoted his life to the scientific validation and political liberation of homosexuals. He founded the Institute for Sexual Research. With the rise of the Nazi party he came under attack by Heinrich Himmler. While Hirschfeld was abroad, a mob of students and storm troopers raided the Institute and burned books, journals, and other materials in a bonfire to cleanse the city of “un-German” materials which included anything mentioning homosexuality.

            Willem Arondeus was a gay dutch artist, author, and anti-Nazi freedom fighter who bombed the Amsterdam Public Records Office to hinder the identification of Jews by the Nazis in the Netherlands saving the lives of those who were able to escape before the Nazis took control. He was arrested within a week and executed. His last words were – “Let it be known that homosexuals are not cowards.”

            Alan Turing is the gay British man who created the machine that broke the Nazi enigma code. Without that machine the Allies were losing the war. With it, the Allies started winning. Without that machine, the computer you are using today would not exist, at least not in the form it is now. He helped save the world and how is he rewarded? Persecuted for being gay and the technology he is the grandfather of is being used to demonize, dehumanize, and attack people like him by ingrates who do not deserve that technology.

          • maize

            January 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm

            How many medications ((psychotropic drugs) does one need to take in order to believe the preposterous notions you adhere to?
            Do you have any common sense?
            Do you ever question the drivel dolled out to you?
            Come on. Grow up. Rebel. Be a man. Or take drugs (adderol; ritalin), admit you’re an idiot; succumb to mass sterilization; because you are the problem because white men are idiots and you are he.
            God Help your children unless you repent for your selfishness.

            Fool. Moron. Or——-maybe not. Choose. You idiot.

          • maize

            January 9, 2016 at 11:26 pm

            I will pray for your immoral soul.

            Rent GHOST with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. Do not suffer the fate of the character of Carl Bruner.

            BELIEVE.

            WONDER.

          • Sean

            January 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

            Reported for harassment

          • Sean

            January 10, 2016 at 9:27 am

            Reported for harassment. Leave me alone Nazi maggot troll.

          • Sean

            January 8, 2016 at 8:41 pm

            Stop harassing me or I will report you to the FBI for cyber harassment. I will not have your trash poisoning my inbox. I have already reported you to Disqus. If you continue to contact me I will press charges against you & am not joking. Leave me alone or I will make your life a living hell.

          • maize

            January 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm

            Your cousin? I have 52 first cousins, kiddo. Go ahead ans report me to the FBI. I look forward to an investigation that reveals. the truth. You should too.
            Laws should be based on truth and fact,; not fear. Not on obfusction of truth; not ofuscation of sciencitific fact; not on lies and political propragansbringnitnon, breother.

          • Sean

            January 10, 2016 at 9:26 am

            Reported for harassment. Leave me alone Nazi maggot troll

  2. ShadrachSmith

    November 7, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    This is an issue for the Duma, not me.

    • maize

      January 9, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Grow up.

      God help you.

      May God forgive you.

      http://couragerc.org/

      • ShadrachSmith

        January 10, 2016 at 9:40 am

        Send the link to the Duma, not me :-)

  3. lnm3921

    November 7, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    You have to wonder what drives this constant obsession with homosexuality over there. It’s overkill.

    They argue a low birth rate is caused by gay people, but the reality is that couples don’t want more children because it drives them into poverty and others simply are selfish and want more money for themselves. A bad economy isn’t going to encourage people to expand their families.

    • maize

      January 8, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Their knowledge of the homosexual Nazi Party of Hitler.

      • lnm3921

        January 9, 2016 at 2:34 pm

        Nazis were fascists like you who put homosexuals in concentration camps and made them wear pink triangles. When you bank on sheep accepting your revisionist history you lose as always! Your lies like your bladder don’t hold water!

        • maize

          January 9, 2016 at 11:37 pm

          Nazis were sado macochistic homosexuals.

          Sadomasochism, a subset of BDSM, is the giving or receiving of pleasure from acts involving the receipt or infliction of pain or humiliation. Practitioners of sadomasochism may seek sexual gratification from their acts. While the terms sadist and masochist refer respectively to one who enjoys giving or receiving pain, practitioners of sadomasochism may switch between activity and passivity.

          THIS IS NAZISM. YOU ARE THEM.

          ASK GOD TO SAVE YOUR IMMORTAL SOUL.

          –SEXUAL SADO masochism, a subset of BDSM, is the giving or receiving of pleasure from acts involving the receipt or infliction of pain or humiliation. Practitioners of sadomasochism may seek sexual gratification from their acts. While the terms sadist and masochist refer respectively to one who enjoys giving or receiving pain, practitioners of sadomasochism may switch between activity and passivity.

          God help you.

          May God forgive you.

          http://couragerc.org/

          • lnm3921

            January 10, 2016 at 2:09 am

            You sure obsessed over sadomasochism. It puts a knot in your panties doesn’t it and gets you wet,

            What greater pain that self-righteous condemnation. Makes you feel important,huh? Likely gives you an orgasm too!

    • maize

      January 9, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      Yes.

      Grow up.

      God help you.

      May God forgive you.

      http://couragerc.org/

      • lnm3921

        January 10, 2016 at 7:31 am

        Will God forgive you for sanctimony and self-righteousness?

        Worry about your own sins like judging others instead of yourself!

  4. Sean

    January 8, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Heinrich Himmler would be so proud of them continuing his agenda and Nikitchuk and Arefyev should be proud that their fates are the same as that non-human German barbarian Nazi parasite.

    • maize

      January 9, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      Yes.

      • Sean

        January 10, 2016 at 9:27 am

        reported for harassment. Leave me alone Nazi maggot troll.

  5. maize

    January 9, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    The Russians are correct.

  6. maize

    January 10, 2016 at 12:04 am

    The Russians are correct. American Psychiatrists and psychologists are corrupted by pharmaceutical companies.

    See Dr. Joseph Biederman, M.D. Father of ADHD and US Congressional investigation.

    DUH!!!!!!???

    NEW YORK TIMES

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/25/health/25psych.html?_r=0

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Equality Act, contorted as a danger by anti-LGBTQ forces, is all but dead

No political willpower to force vote or reach a compromise

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Despite having President Biden in the White House and Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, efforts to update federal civil rights laws to strengthen the prohibition on discrimination against LGBTQ people by passing the Equality Act are all but dead as opponents of the measure have contorted it beyond recognition.

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In fact, there are no imminent plans to hold a vote on the legislation even though Pride month is days away, which would be an opportune time for Congress to demonstrate solidarity with the LGBTQ community by holding a vote on the legislation.

If the Equality Act were to come up for a Senate vote in the next month, it would not have the support to pass. Continued assurances that bipartisan talks are continuing on the legislation have yielded no evidence of additional support, let alone the 10 Republicans needed to end a filibuster.

“I haven’t really heard an update either way, which is usually not good,” one Democratic insider said. “My understanding is that our side was entrenched in a no-compromise mindset and with [Sen. Joe] Manchin saying he didn’t like the bill, it doomed it this Congress. And the bullying of hundreds of trans athletes derailed our message and our arguments of why it was broadly needed.”

The only thing keeping the final nail from being hammered into the Equality Act’s coffin is the unwillingness of its supporters to admit defeat. Other stakeholders who spoke to the Blade continued to assert bipartisan talks are ongoing, strongly pushing back on any conclusion the legislation is dead.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the Equality Act is “alive and well,” citing widespread public support he said includes “the majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents and a growing number of communities across the country engaging and mobilizing every day in support of the legislation.”

“They understand the urgent need to pass this bill and stand up for LGBTQ people across our country,” David added. “As we engage with elected officials, we have confidence that Congress will listen to the voices of their constituents and continue fighting for the Equality Act through the lengthy legislative process.  We will also continue our unprecedented campaign to grow the already-high public support for a popular bill that will save lives and make our country fairer and more equal for all. We will not stop until the Equality Act is passed.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), chief sponsor of the Equality Act in the Senate, also signaled through a spokesperson work continues on the legislation, refusing to give up on expectations the legislation would soon become law.

“Sen. Merkley and his staff are in active discussions with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to try to get this done,” McLennan said. “We definitely see it as a key priority that we expect to become law.”

A spokesperson Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had promised to force a vote on the Equality Act in the Senate on the day the U.S. House approved it earlier this year, pointed to a March 25 “Dear Colleague” letter in which he identified the Equality Act as one of several bills he’d bring up for a vote.

Despite any assurances, the hold up on the bill is apparent. Although the U.S. House approved the legislation earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee hasn’t even reported out the bill yet to the floor in the aftermath of the first-ever Senate hearing on the bill in March. A Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic aide, however, disputed that inaction as evidence the Equality Act is dead in its tracks: “Bipartisan efforts on a path forward are ongoing.”

Democrats are quick to blame Republicans for inaction on the Equality Act, but with Manchin withholding his support for the legislation they can’t even count on the entirety of their caucus to vote “yes” if it came to the floor. Progressives continue to advocate an end to the filibuster to advance legislation Biden has promised as part of his agenda, but even if they were to overcome headwinds and dismantle the institution needing 60 votes to advance legislation, the Equality Act would likely not have majority support to win approval in the Senate with a 50-50 party split.

The office of Manchin, who has previously said he couldn’t support the Equality Act over concerns about public schools having to implement the transgender protections applying to sports and bathrooms, hasn’t responded to multiple requests this year from the Blade on the legislation and didn’t respond to a request to comment for this article.

Meanwhile, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who declined to co-sponsor the Equality Act this year after having signed onto the legislation in the previous Congress, insisted through a spokesperson talks are still happening across the aisle despite the appearances the legislation is dead.

“There continues to be bipartisan support for passing a law that protects the civil rights of Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Annie Clark, a Collins spokesperson. “The Equality Act was a starting point for negotiations, and in its current form, it cannot pass. That’s why there are ongoing discussions among senators and stakeholders about a path forward.”

Let’s face it: Anti-LGBTQ forces have railroaded the debate by making the Equality Act about an end to women’s sports by allowing transgender athletes and danger to women in sex-segregated places like bathrooms and prisons. That doesn’t even get into resolving the issue on drawing the line between civil rights for LGBTQ people and religious freedom, which continues to be litigated in the courts as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day now to issue a ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia to determine if foster care agencies can reject same-sex couples over religious objections.

For transgender Americans, who continue to report discrimination and violence at high rates, the absence of the Equality Act may be most keenly felt.

Mara Keisling, outgoing executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, disputed any notion the Equality Act is dead and insisted the legislation is “very much alive.”

“We remain optimistic despite misinformation from the opposition,” Keisling said. “NCTE and our movement partners are still working fruitfully on the Equality Act with senators. In fact, we are gaining momentum with all the field organizing we’re doing, like phone banking constituents to call their senators. Legislating takes time. Nothing ever gets through Congress quickly. We expect to see a vote during this Congress, and we are hopeful we can win.”

But one Democratic source said calls to members of Congress against the Equality Act, apparently coordinated by groups like the Heritage Foundation, have has outnumbered calls in favor of it by a substantial margin, with a particular emphasis on Manchin.

No stories are present in the media about same-sex couples being kicked out of a restaurant for holding hands or transgender people for using the restroom consistent with their gender identity, which would be perfectly legal in 25 states thanks to the patchwork of civil rights laws throughout the United States and inadequate protections under federal law.

Tyler Deaton, senior adviser for the American Unity Fund, which has bolstered the Republican-led Fairness for All Act as an alternative to the Equality Act, said he continues to believe the votes are present for a compromise form of the bill.

“I know for a fact there is a supermajority level of support in the Senate for a version of the Equality Act that is fully protective of both LGBTQ civil rights and religious freedom,” Deaton said. “There is interest on both sides of the aisle in getting something done this Congress.”

Deaton, however, didn’t respond to a follow-up inquiry on what evidence exists of agreeing on this compromise.

Biden has already missed the goal he campaigned on in the 2020 election to sign the Equality Act into law within his first 100 days in office. Although Biden renewed his call to pass the legislation in his speech to Congress last month, as things stand now that appears to be a goal he won’t realize for the remainder of this Congress.

Nor has the Biden administration made the Equality Act an issue for top officials within the administration as it pushes for an infrastructure package as a top priority. One Democratic insider said Louisa Terrell, legislative affairs director for the White House, delegated work on the Equality Act to a deputy as opposed to handling it herself.

To be sure, Biden has demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community through executive action at an unprecedented rate, signing an executive order on day one ordering federal agencies to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bostock v. Clayton County to the fullest extent possible and dismantling former President Trump’s transgender military ban. Biden also made historic LGBTQ appointments with the confirmation of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health.

A White House spokesperson insisted Biden’s team across the board remains committed to the Equality Act, pointing to his remarks to Congress.

“President Biden has urged Congress to get the Equality Act to his desk so he can sign it into law and provide long overdue civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ Americans, and he remains committed to seeing this legislation passed as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said. “The White House and its entire legislative team remains in ongoing and close coordination with organizations, leaders, members of Congress, including the Equality Caucus, and staff to ensure we are working across the aisle to push the Equality Act forward.”

But at least in the near-term, that progress will fall short of fulfilling the promise of updating federal civil rights law with the Equality Act, which will mean LGBTQ people won’t be able to rely on those protections when faced with discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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D.C. bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense delayed by Capitol security

Delivery of bill to Congress was held up due to protocols related to Jan. 6 riots

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New fencing around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented some D.C. bills from being delivered to the Hill for a required congressional review. (Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A bill approved unanimously last December by the D.C. Council to ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense has been delayed from taking effect as a city law because the fence installed around the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented the law from being delivered to Congress.

According to Eric Salmi, communications director for D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who guided the bill through the Council’s legislative process, all bills approved by the Council and signed by the D.C. mayor must be hand-delivered to Congress for a required congressional review.

“What happened was when the Capitol fence went up after the January insurrection, it created an issue where we physically could not deliver laws to Congress per the congressional review period,” Salmi told the Washington Blade.

Among the bills that could not immediately be delivered to Congress was the Bella Evangelista and Tony Hunter Panic Defense Prohibition and Hate Crimes Response Amendment Act of 2020, which was approved by the Council on a second and final vote on Dec. 15.

Between the time the bill was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and published in the D.C. Register under procedural requirements for all bills, it was not ready to be transmitted to Congress until Feb. 16, the Council’s legislative record for the bill shows.

Salmi said the impasse in delivering the bill to Congress due to the security fence prevented the bill from reaching Congress on that date and prevented the mandatory 60-day congressional review period for this bill from beginning at that time. He noted that most bills require a 30 legislative day review by Congress.

But the Evangelista-Hunter bill, named after a transgender woman and a gay man who died in violent attacks by perpetrators who attempted to use the trans and gay panic defense, includes a law enforcement related provision that under the city’s Home Rule Charter passed by Congress in the early 1970s requires a 60-day congressional review.

“There is a chance it goes into effect any day now, just given the timeline is close to being up,” Salmi said on Tuesday. “I don’t know the exact date it was delivered, but I do know the countdown is on,” said Salmi, who added, “I would expect any day now it should go into effect and there’s nothing stopping it other than an insurrection in January.”

If the delivery to Congress had not been delayed, the D.C. Council’s legislative office estimated the congressional review would have been completed by May 12.

A congressional source who spoke on condition of being identified only as a senior Democratic aide, said the holdup of D.C. bills because of the Capitol fence has been corrected.

“The House found an immediate workaround, when this issue first arose after the Jan. 6 insurrection,” the aide said.

“This is yet another reason why D.C. Council bills should not be subject to a congressional review period and why we need to grant D.C. statehood,” the aide said.

The aide added that while no disapproval resolution had been introduced in Congress to overturn the D.C. Evangelista-Hunter bill, House Democrats would have defeated such a resolution.

“House Democrats support D.C. home rule, statehood, and LGBTQ rights,” said the aide.

LGBTQ rights advocates have argued that a ban on using a gay or transgender panic defense in criminal trials is needed to prevent defense attorneys from inappropriately asking juries to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression is to blame for a defendant’s criminal act, including murder.

Some attorneys have argued that their clients “panicked” after discovering the person against whom they committed a violent crime was gay or transgender, prompting them to act in a way they believed to be a form of self-defense.

In addition to its provision banning the LGBTQ panic defense, the Evangelista-Hunter bill includes a separate provision that strengthens the city’s existing hate crimes law by clarifying that hatred need not be the sole motivating factor for an underlying crime such as assault, murder, or threats to be prosecuted as a hate crime.

LGBTQ supportive prosecutors have said the clarification was needed because it is often difficult to prove to a jury that hatred is the only motive behind a violent crime. The prosecutors noted that juries have found defendants not guilty of committing a hate crime on grounds that they believed other motives were involved in a particular crime after defense lawyers argued that the law required “hate” to be the only motive in order to find someone guilty of a hate crime.

Salmi noted that while the hate crime clarification and panic defense prohibition provisions of the Evangelista-Hunter bill will become law as soon as the congressional review is completed, yet another provision in the bill will not become law after the congressional review because there are insufficient funds in the D.C. budget to cover the costs of implementing the provision.

The provision gives the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the Office of the D.C. Attorney General authority to investigate hate related discrimination at places of public accommodation. Salmi said the provision expands protections against discrimination to include web-based retailers or online delivery services that are not physically located in D.C.

“That is subject to appropriations,” Salmi said. “And until it is funded in the upcoming budget it cannot be legally enforced.”

He said that at Council member Allen’s request, the Council added language to the bill that ensures that all other provisions of the legislation that do not require additional funding – including the ban on use of the LGBTQ panic defense and the provision clarifying that hatred doesn’t have to be the sole motive for a hate crime – will take effect as soon as the congressional approval process is completed.

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D.C. man charged with 2020 anti-gay death threat rearrested

Defendant implicated in three anti-LGBTQ incidents since 2011

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A D.C. man arrested in August 2020 for allegedly threatening to kill a gay man outside the victim’s apartment in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood and who was released while awaiting trial was arrested again two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill another man in an unrelated incident.

D.C. Superior Court records show that Jalal Malki, who was 37 at the time of his 2020 arrest on a charge of bias-related attempts to do bodily harm against the gay man, was charged on May 4, 2021 with unlawful entry, simple assault, threats to kidnap and injure a person, and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon against the owner of a vacant house at 4412 Georgia Ave., N.W.

Court charging documents state that Malki was allegedly staying at the house without permission as a squatter. An arrest affidavit filed in court by D.C. police says Malki allegedly threatened to kill the man who owns the house shortly after the man arrived at the house while Malki was inside.

According to the affidavit, Malki walked up to the owner of the house while the owner was sitting in his car after having called police and told him, “If you come back here, I’m going to kill you.” While making that threat Malki displayed what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, but which was later found to be a toy gun, the affidavit says.

Malki then walked back inside the house minutes before police arrived and arrested him. Court records show that similar to the court proceedings following his 2020 arrest for threatening the gay man, a judge in the latest case ordered Malki released while awaiting trial. In both cases, the judge ordered him to stay away from the two men he allegedly threatened to kill.

An arrest affidavit filed by D.C. police in the 2020 case states that Malki allegedly made the threats inside an apartment building where the victim lived on the 2300 block of Champlain Street, N.W. It says Malki was living in a nearby building but often visited the building where the victim lived.

“Victim 1 continued to state during an interview that it was not the first time that Defendant 1 had made threats to him, but this time Defendant 1 stated that if he caught him outside, he would ‘fucking kill him.’” the affidavit says. It quotes the victim as saying during this time Malki repeatedly called the victim a “fucking faggot.”

The affidavit, prepared by the arresting officers, says that after the officers arrested Malki and were leading him to a police transport vehicle to be booked for the arrest, he expressed an “excited utterance” that he was “in disbelief that officers sided with the ‘fucking faggot.’”

Court records show that Malki is scheduled to appear in court on June 4 for a status hearing for both the 2020 arrest and the arrest two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill the owner of the house in which police say he was illegally squatting.

Superior Court records show that Malki had been arrested three times between 2011 and 2015 in cases unrelated to the 2021 and 2020 cases for allegedly also making threats of violence against people. Two of the cases appear to be LGBTQ related, but prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not list the cases as hate crimes.

In the first of the three cases, filed in July 2011, Malki allegedly shoved a man inside Dupont Circle and threatened to kill him after asking the man why he was wearing a purple shirt.

“Victim 1 believes the assault occurred because Suspect 1 believes Victim 1 is a homosexual,” the police arrest affidavit says.

Court records show prosecutors charged Malki with simple assault and threats to do bodily harm in the case. But the court records show that on Sept. 13, 2011, D.C. Superior Court Judge Stephen F. Eilperin found Malki not guilty on both charges following a non-jury trial.

The online court records do not state why the judge rendered a not guilty verdict. With the courthouse currently closed to the public and the press due to COVID-related restrictions, the Washington Blade couldn’t immediately obtain the records to determine the judge’s reason for the verdict.

In the second case, court records show Malki was arrested by D.C. police outside the Townhouse Tavern bar and restaurant at 1637 R St., N.W. on Nov. 7, 2012 for allegedly threatening one or more people with a knife after employees ordered Malki to leave the establishment for “disorderly behavior.”

At the time, the Townhouse Tavern was located next door to the gay nightclub Cobalt, which before going out of business two years ago, was located at the corner of 17th and R Streets, N.W.

The police arrest affidavit in the case says Malki allegedly pointed a knife in a threatening way at two of the tavern’s employees who blocked his path when he attempted to re-enter the tavern. The affidavit says he was initially charged by D.C. police with assault with a dangerous weapon – knife. Court records, however, show that prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office lowered the charges to two counts of simple assault. The records show that on Jan. 15, 2013, Malki pleaded guilty to the two charges as part of a plea bargain arrangement.

The records show that Judge Marissa Demeo on that same day issued a sentence of 30 days for each of the two charges but suspended all 30 days for both counts. She then sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for both charges and ordered that he undergo alcohol and drug testing and undergo treatment if appropriate.

In the third case prior to the 2020 and 2021 cases, court records show Malki was arrested outside the Cobalt gay nightclub on March 14, 2015 on multiple counts of simple assault, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon – knife, possession of a prohibited weapon – knife, and unlawful entry.

The arrest affidavit says an altercation started on the sidewalk outside the bar when for unknown reasons, Malki grabbed a female customer who was outside smoking and attempted to pull her toward him. When her female friend came to her aid, Malki allegedly got “aggressive” by threatening the woman and “removed what appeared to be a knife from an unknown location” and pointed it at the woman’s friend in a threatening way, the affidavit says.

It says a Cobalt employee minutes later ordered Malki to leave the area and he appeared to do so. But others noticed that he walked toward another entrance door to Cobalt and attempted to enter the establishment knowing he had been ordered not to return because of previous problems with his behavior, the affidavit says. When he attempted to push away another employee to force his way into Cobalt, Malki fell to the ground during a scuffle and other employees held him on the ground while someone else called D.C. police.

Court records show that similar to all of Malki’s arrests, a judge released him while awaiting trial and ordered him to stay away from Cobalt and all of those he was charged with threatening and assaulting.

The records show that on Sept. 18, 2015, Malki agreed to a plea bargain offer by prosecutors in which all except two of the charges – attempted possession of a prohibited weapon and simple assault – were dropped. Judge Alfred S. Irving Jr. on Oct. 2, 2015 sentenced Malki to 60 days of incarnation for each of the two charges but suspended all but five days, which he allowed Malki to serve on weekends, the court records show.

The judge ordered that the two five-day jail terms could be served concurrently, meaning just five days total would be served, according to court records. The records also show that Judge Irving sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for each of the two counts and ordered that he enter an alcohol treatment program and stay away from Cobalt.

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