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Kaleidoscope Trust: Hate attacks have increased in Russia since the passing of anti-gay laws

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  1. In other news, water is wet.

    Several well-known psychological tests (Milgram is one, the Stanford Prison Experiment is another) that when people are giving permission and authority, and an excuse, they will be willing and able to brutalise others.

    The legislature in Russia is giving overt and distinct permission through words and deeds to allow people to see LGBT citizens as sub-humans.

    It is exactly as Stephen Fry said – the first steps towards a disaster, because the first act is the dehumanising of the target and the consent and encouragement of the State to blame and vilify.

    1. I often bring up such experiments in debate, and people cannot understand this proven phenomenon.

      There are large swathes of any population who will just follow, and there are a number who will become psychotic towards others extremely easily. When “permission” is given, the potential psychotics are allowed to run wild, and the masses often follow.

      This was most prominently seen under the Nazis, where officers claimed they were “just following orders”. In reality, they were weak, sheep, following instructions because they had lost their own moral barometer.

      That is why this situation is so horrifyingly dangerous.

      Thank you for raising this very important issue, it needs to be pointed out more and more so that people are forced to think about it.

      1. theotherone 12 Aug 2013, 12:56pm

        you perhaps do not understand the milgram studies – they are not sheep, we are mostly all sheep, most of us will blindly follow

      2. You’ve hit the nail on the head there. I’ve long suspected that there will be a new holocaust there. Please, God, let me be wrong!

  2. I think Kaleidoscope and many others are going to be disappointed. The Trust’s assistant director said: “we think the Games will be an amazing platform to have this issue heard on the international stage.” Well, we have seen from the World Athletics Championships in Moscow just held – in the midst of the outrage regarding the brutality against LGBT Russians – that these events will be staged without any show of solidarity from competitors. As for arguing for a large LGBT presence at the Games, Mr Stewart is perhaps being irresponsible as LGBT visitors to Russia are not guaranteed safety.

    Oppose any international events being held in Russia and nobody should go to Russia.

  3. Russia is not a safe place for gay visitors to attend the games, the games should be moved elsewhere, Vancouver for example.

  4. It seems quite clear that human rights arenot important for the IOC or the athletes.

    They intend to be silent witnesses to homophobic atrocitties.

    It is unacceptable to oppose a boycott unless you clearly state what you intend to do to protest.

  5. You are an idiot, and a rather intellectually challenged one it seems. We don’t all need to hyphenate ‘difficult’ words; we know how to read, even those multicylabic words. Now kindly piss off

  6. Jock S. Trap 12 Aug 2013, 12:46pm

    The more people, companies, charities we get onside surely that has to be a great thing to highlight the world to what Russia is Really doing.

    The world needs to wake up, the more we have to stand up to the criminal regime of Russia.

  7. Godric Godricsong 12 Aug 2013, 1:05pm

    You have entertained us enough! Now go…….

    1. DCBrighton 12 Aug 2013, 1:11pm

      He won’t whilst he gets replies. Best to down vote and ignore.

  8. DCBrighton 12 Aug 2013, 1:10pm

    Russian State TV Executive: gay hearts are unsuitable for continuation of life and should be buried or burned

    and he gets applauded.

    UNFCKING believable!

  9. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Aug 2013, 1:42pm

    Now what will the IOC and western leaders do if some of the athletes are attacked or harassed? The victims will of course get no sympathy from the media because they’ll say they provoked it in defiance of the Russian law if some display any symbols of solidarity. No winners in any of it. I can just hear the the comments in the Mail and Telegraph.

  10. These laws are so dangerous because they completley silence LGBT people. It takes away what small voice they have and makes it impossible for them to defend themselves or promote understanding and equality. I bet they’re going to ban gay porn as well, because that could easily blassed as “promoting”. Any and every informative or empowering thought will be censored, cleansed from view. These people will have nothing, they have nobody they can turn to. Nobody who will listen to them, nobody who will help them.

    They must unite and tell Russia and Putin loud and clear that they will not, they can not be silenced!!!

  11. If these laws are justified solely on the ridiculous stance that they “protect children”, but the only result of such laws is that children have been harvested for torture and murder, then the answer is… ?

  12. World Peace 26 Sep 2013, 9:23pm

    Discrimination laws like this only make people they are higher then the ones they are discriminating against. “Religious” members in Russia say they don’t want a country of Sodemy yet their they went a hateful, fearful, intolerant one not including the sexist views they have and sexualized media industry like every other country and they actually want to bash on the LGBT people for being the bad ones when all their doing is naturally loving each other? Hypocritical in EVERY way/ :/

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