I've found in conversations about the anti-gay Russian laws, that a lot of people (talking about gay Americans mostly) are unaware that most major Russian cities in fact have a thriving gay nightlife. They are under the impression that any gay bar would be illegal and their patrons locked up. Not so The Russian laws are wrong and a sad state of affairs that should be pressured for change. But, people's misunderstanding of the situation just supports my view that our reaction to Russia--as opposed to anti gay laws in say Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda, Egypt or etc.--are racially based. There are many countries in Africa and the Middle East where not only laws, but also persecution and violence, are much much worse. However, Americans and Europeans relate and react more strongly to the situation in Russia because people there are white and look more like 'us.'
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