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OPINION | Gays Welcome Just Stay Away From Our Children

In a vastly seemingly uneducated statement, and one that shows a complete lack of understanding, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin welcomes the gays to Russia, as long as we away from children.

With all due respect Mr Putin, it’s a bit of an oxymoronic statement, to be honest. You’re welcome to come to our country – yet you’re basically calling the entire gay community child abusers, by lumping homosexuality and paedophilia in the same sentence – a sure fire way to induce a completely opposite response from welcoming on the streets of Russia.

If all else fails trot out the ‘gays will harm/recruit/abuse our children’ (delete as appropriate) line. One that is highly offensive and shows a true lack of understanding of the facts.

Despite the statistics show that heterosexuals are the most likely culprits of child abuse, Putin shows his true colours (a very grey rainbow) that he is incredibly uneducated on the matter of homosexuality and child abuse for that matter.


Eventually, propaganda or no, gay children will turn into gay teens and will, yes eventually turn into gay adults. For you see Vladimir our sexuality is not a choice, but your misrepresentation of us is. No amount of persuasion by a gay adult will change a person’s mind about their sexuality, just as years of heterosexual propaganda does not effect the feelings of a gay person. It doesn’t matter how many times we gays see ‘traditional relationships’ in our day-to-day lives, we still turn out the way that we are. Which shows that sexual identity propaganda doesn’t work – and anyway how do you propagandise a child?

A Homosexualist: Hello child – be gay!

Child: No!

A Homosexualist: Oh go on…

Child: No!

A Homosexualist: Can you spell Propaganda?

Child: Can I have alphabeti spaghetti for tea?

So gay people won’t be subjected to harassment at the Sochi Olympics next month, as long as we stay away from children – to be honest Putin’s statement doesn’t fill me with a warm fuzzy welcoming feeling. In fact it feels as though his welcoming statement is inciting wrongful judgement on gay people.


“We do not have a ban on non-traditional sexual relationships,” said Putin in comments reported by Russian agencies. “We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia. I want to underline this. Propaganda among children. These are absolutely different things – a ban on something or a ban on the propaganda of that thing.”

Sorry sir, but you have already harassed the overwhelming majority of us homosexuals who aren’t interested in children – or even talking about homosexuality to children. To me, that’s just warped and if you’re the person who jumps straight to that conclusion, perhaps that says more about you – than it does of me.

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