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It's always important to remember our past and to make sure it's not forgotten.
One of my all-time favorite novels, Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess, opens in Malta with one of the best first sentences I've run across:
It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me.
Conservative, Catholic,tiny Malta, to legalize gay marriage. I always thought it would be cool to visit Malta, because it is so tiny and obscure, and in the middle of the Mediterranean.
Interesting story in The Guardian about Mae West getting into trouble for her play about gay male sexuality in the 1920s. "The Drag was inspired by her many gay friends. She knew their daily struggles to be open about their relationships, and to be accepted for who they were. When casting the play, she actively sought out gay actors."
In Germany - Im surprised! Merkel has long opposed marriage equality, and still does. But most Germans are in favor. I guess there are still some legal hurdles but maybe it will go smoothly. I hope so. German persecution of LGBT people leaves a lot to forgive. Ning wanted to go there and visit my ancestral villages, but I have not expressed enthusiasm for that. Largely because of German culture and attitudes.
Andrew I agree with you about distrusting the offer. Anyway. emigrating us one thing. Immigrating is another. A country must accept you. California is a state. Can a state issue a green card? I feel very bad for our kindred spiritds elsewhere.
This would be a truly good focus for activism.
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.
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