Trans Legislator Arrested at Sochi Olympics

The first openly trans legislator in Europe was arrested at the Sochi Olympics for holding a banner that said, in Russian, “Gay is OK.” Because they have to protect the children, dontchaknow. This is what the Russian law censors as “gay propaganda.”

A prominent Italian gay rights campaigner and former MP has been arrested in Sochi while watching the Winter Olympics with a banner reading “Gay Is Ok” in Russian, two activists have said.

Vladimir Luxuria, a television personality and actor who became Europe’s first openly transgender parliamentarian when she was elected to the Italian chamber of deputies, reportedly called the heads of two gay rights organisations in Rome to say she had been detained on Sunday by Russian police.

“She was arrested by the police at Sochi while she was watching the Olympics with a banner which read, in Russian, ‘Gay is ok’,” Imma Battaglia, honorary president of the Di’Gay Project, told Corriere.it.

Let’s remember all of the Christian right groups in America who have defended and cheered on this law. They would not propose such a law in the United States because they know it would never pass and would be instantly struck down if it did, but they gleefully applaud it when other countries do it (as they have laws in Uganda and Nigeria, which are far more barbaric than this one). They know they can’t get away with advocating such totalitarian laws in the US, so they’ve focused their attention abroad. Speaks volumes, I think.

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  • John Pieret

    They would not propose such a law in the United States because they know it would never pass and would be instantly struck down if it did, but they gleefully applaud it when other countries do it

    So, does that make Russian Exceptionalism the new norm for the bigots?

    Or is the Righteous Right just out to make gays miserable wherever they can?

  • Al Dente

    John Pieret @1

    All of the above.

  • eric

    I feel kinda bad for the gay rights movement re: the Olympics. The Russians have cocked so many other things up that the whole gay rights issue has been overshadowed. They probably didn’t expect to be competing for media coverage with buildings roofs caving in and yellow tap water that is dangerous to put on your face.

  • cynix

    Also remember all the Christian groups who have condemned neither the laws nor the groups in America supporting those laws.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    @eric #3 – I’m not so sure that gay rights have been overshadowed. Either my google-fu has failed me, or there has been nothing whatsoever reported about incomplete hotels or toxic tap water in a week and a half: once the Olympics began, all such reporting has absolutely vanished. What very little is coming out about gay rights is coming out by way of Twitter and the occasional blogger: no major news source at all has reported.

    I’m much more inclined to say that the media has been actively suppressing such news.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    I never thought I’d see the day where the religious right in America was praising Russia and holding it up as a model for their “Christian values,” but here we are.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @6:

    Well, not when they were GODLESS murderin’ commonists; but now they’re GODLESS KKKristians. Beeg diffurnce.

  • kevinalexander

    I’m much more inclined to say that the media has been actively suppressing such news.

    Because the media are owned by the same corporations that are making a bundle on the Olympics?

    Nah, couldn’t be that.

  • laurentweppe

    They would not propose such a law in the United States because they know it would never pass and would be instantly struck down if it did, but they gleefully applaud it when other countries do it

    But don’t forget: when it’s time to switch from gay-bashing to anti-immigrant rhetoric, those who cheered so gleefully at the passing of these laws will claim that the very same laws “prove” that immigrants are inherently evil and barbaric and that therefore, their quasi-incestuous brand of nationalism is absolutely justified.

  • Abdul Alhazred

    This was an act of civil disobedience, but sometimes just existing will be taken as “propaganda”.

  • lochaber

    damn.

    Brave woman.

    Hope she’s okay.

  • Michael Heath

    d.c. wilson writes:

    I never thought I’d see the day where the religious right in America was praising Russia and holding it up as a model for their “Christian values,” but here we are.

    I didn’t think so either, however that’s due to my not having then been educated on authoritarianism and how conservative U.S. Christians, the true-believer Soviets, Putin’s supporters, and the Russian Orthodox church all share this attribute. If we’d known this we could have predicted today’s results as a possible outcome as the current Russian leaders began to emerge.

    What’s ironic here is how conservative Christians like to falsely claim that atheists are the equivalent of the Soviets who killed tens of millions of people. Obvious to everyone but believers, that is not a credible comparison and therefore another illustration of massive psychological projection.

  • Crudely Wrott

    New (yes, the very newest, hot off the presses of the Greatest Guy in the Universe!)Christian sub dogma:

    When my enemy is the friend of my friend he is my friend at the same time that he is my enemy.

    Because it does not matter that my enemy does that I would never do as long as he does something that I (may or may not depending on the threat to my dogma) do.

    Mostly stuff related to hating in concert those who do not do what I may or may not do (Oh! Help me, Jebus!!) or what my enemy may or may not do according to our mutual inabilities with reference to reality and our neighbors who we are exhorted to love (eeewwwwweeeh!) as ourselves

    Except in those cases where we both fear the same things. That makes us friends. Even while we are enemies.

    Any questions? Yes? You in the back row? What? Brother . . . you need to pray harder. You also need to take a page from our frenemies book. When will you learn where wisdom dwells? Can you not see that wisdom dwells (and seethes and wriggles and produces sticky mucous) in the mystery that is just beyond your, I mean, our, grasp?

    Trust me. I tell the truth. I’m a preacher. I preach. I’m a political shill for Dog. I shill. I’m a fearful little man, I’m afraid. That means that you must hear and believe because I said so and I’m talking for Dog because he’s busy right now, licking his balls, I mean, loving us all because he hates what we hate.

    Can’t you feel the love, brothers and sisters?! Can’t you feel it?! Oh! can’t you grasp it?!

    *pant, pant*

    Believe!

    Believe!

    BELIEVE!!!!!!

    LET ME HEAR IT FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!

    [sotto voce: bwwaaaaahhaaahaaahaaahaaaaaaaa!]

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    They know they can’t get away with advocating such totalitarian laws in the US, so they’ve focused their attention abroad. Speaks volumes, I think.

    Yes, indeed and all of those volumes say nothing good about them or this repressive Russian law.

    This is what an actual thoughtcrime looks like I guess?

    Think and say the “wrong” thing – even when its obviously ethically right – and you get jailed and punished.

    Fuck Putin & the Russian homophobes and the nasty, cowardly bigots who support and enable this shit.

  • =8)-DX

    They would not propose such a law in the United States because they know it would never pass and would be instantly struck down if it did,

    Um, aren’t there actually a number of similar anti-gay laws in various US states? I think the point is that these laws are uniforcable and new ones get routinely shot down by the courts.

    The problem with Russia is not just the number of homophobes, but their lack of proper constitutional democracy to protect people’s rights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1531393070 danrobinson

    Russia reminds me of that guy we all know who was always an asshole. Then he got religion and now he’s an asshole for Jesus.

  • Zyzle

    There’s a second part to this. Luxuria went back and tried to enter the stadium to watch a hockey game she had bought tickets for. She was grabbed by officials bundled into a car and then driven outside of the city and left there.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/19/vladimir-luxuria-transgender-detention-_n_4815715.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

  • Ichthyic

    This is what the Russian law censors as “gay propaganda.”

    You know, I’m old enough and educated enough to be able to recognize propaganda when i see it.

    I can’t recall ever having seen “gay propaganda”.

    Anywhere.

    Ever.

    And i worked in San Fran for years.

    anyone else? What does “gay propaganda” even look like in theory?

  • lochaber

    Ichthyic>

    I’m pretty sure it would be anything including those horrible lies about how gays are people too, or how they aren’t vectors for pedophilia and bestiality and such.

    I mean, seriously, claiming ‘gay is ok’… that’s incredibly biased…