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Andrew, unfortunately I think the vast majority of the Russian population is quite intolerant toward LGBTQ's. As a country, they haven't moved socially forward with this issue as other countries have. When you have the influence of the ultra-conservative Russian Orthodox Church and a bigoted, tyrannical government working in tandem to shape the social views of the entire country, the general population doesn't know any better. Media is strictly controlled and dissenting opinions are not tolerated. Generation after generation is brainwashed to be homophobic. That's a difficult cycle to break. It's so troubling to see this kind of systemic hatred.
I also wonder how large of a role the Russian Orthodox Church has had in shaping people's attitudes there.
Russian TV offers gay people one-way tickets to leave
A Russian religious television channel is offering to pay for one-way plane tickets for gay people serious about emigrating from the country.
"Just recently, California - the most liberal state in the USA by the way - proposed to facilitate the granting of green cards to Russian perverts," said TV host Andrei Afanasyev.
World Alert: Germany legalizes gay marriage in parliamentary vote
I think the rat race is getting much worse, and young people are more than ever unable to look outside their own bubble.
Joan, I'm sure you are right about aging activists.
What I'm feeling these days is that the young are more puritanical in their habits of judging, intolerance of diverse opinion, and knee-jerk opinions. I am sure there was that 30 or 40 years ago, too, but it seems much more these days. It is true that when I was young, my community was dealing with illness and death everywhere, there was discrimination everywhere, discovery by itself commonly led to loss of job and family, and we were openly demonized by the US President, by mainstream big-name ministers, and sometimes the only thing to do was leave and start life again somewhere else - a chance not everyone has. In the late 80s, I went through the death of my partner and then my best friend, 3 months apart, I lived for a while out of my car, and worked 3 minimum wage jobs while going to school full time. I know very well that others go through their own kind of hardships, and some don't have the opportunities that I had. Although I wound up working too long and hard to fit volunteering into my later life, I did contribute financially to organizations that promote racial development and opportunity, and racial community building, because that is where I think some of the most difficult human uplifting is needed.
When the young vilify older people who don't fit their hierarchy of underprivilege, and don't toe the politically correct line that they trumpet, they are no better than the oppressors. Often, they are blind to the fact that they do oppress others, such as via gentrification, and through ageism,and sometimes through racism. What is needed is to open lines of communication, not have people shouting and judging each other, and manufacturing ever more intricate intersectional oppressionism. They need to get out of their insular communities and learn the other point of view. That goes for both sides of the liberal - conservative spectrum. And everyone needs to know it's not a binary system, that once in a while their own side is wrong and the other side has some valid points.
I agree with you about gardening, enjoying companionship from our own species and other animals, having a sense of wonder, self nurturing by puttering and cooking. That is where I need to concentrate my efforts these days!
On the other hand, Vancouver has a pride day in the central square, in July. It's more low key than Portland Pride, more diverse age-wise, and I think we will go to that.
There is something that happens as activists get older, it seems we get tired and a new generation takes over the struggle, some with very different goals and themes. I remember those early days when women wanted the vote, blacks and minorities wanted access to opportunity, physically handicapped wanted to be able to get around in wheelchairs, elders wanted protection from poverty in old age, children wanted to not be hit, physically, as they developed, and countless other campaigns.
All those human rights came into being to one extent or another after horrendous struggles. The younger generation benefit from those efforts and they stand on the shoulders of giants, unaware, all too often, of the history of hardships imposed on people because of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, poverty, and ignorance.
I am too tired to engage in action and even discussion wears me out. Life as we know it may be coming to an end and I haven't got the stamina to do anything but read about permaculture, putter in my greenhouse, and tend to my few raised beds. I have nice chats with other permaculturists; they are a friendly lot!
I choose not to say, "God help us all!"
I do choose to write about my garden and read about others' gardens.
I also choose to find something full of wonder each and every day and wallow in my gratitude.
Today was the Portland Pride parade. I didnt go. I dont feel like I belong. I read comments on various social media, and I felt that several identities that describe me have been vilified and scapegoated in the young progressive media: older, white, cisgendered gay male. Too bad, without my generation, the millenial lgbt community would be living like we did. I wasnt a good way to live. Let them be self rightious about putting white burrito truck ladies out of business for supposed cultural appropriation, while basking in their gentrified progresive white mecca. I didnt have a lot of energy anyway. I dont belong with conservatives, bg a long, long shot, but probably not with liberals any more either. Good luck to them anyway.
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