While the anti-Sochi Olympics propaganda campaign is going on, a surprisingly objective white paper regarding LGBT rights in Russia by an independent expert Brian M. Heiss has appeared in Internet.
A new white paper reveals that the rights afforded to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) individuals in Russia are remarkably similar to their counterparts in most US States.
The independent report aims to cut through the rhetoric which has framed most American’s understanding of the law. The author of the report Brian M. Heiss accomplished this task through providing a complete analysis of the text of Russian law; conducting a comprehensive comparison of rights afforded to LGBT individuals in the Russian Federation and the United States; and, looking at draconian, anti-gay laws throughout the world.
“Russian Federation Anti-Gay Laws: An Analysis & Deconstruction” has become the most complete study-to-date of the controversial Russian law and a real breakthrough in understanding of the roots of anti-Russian stance of the western mass-media.
“In sharing this paper with the public, my hope is that the reader gains a more complete understanding of the situation for LGBT individuals in Russia and, if the reader is passionate about equality hopefully they will utilize this knowledge to develop the most effective strategic approach to advance LGBT equality and foster an atmosphere of tolerance & understanding both in the Russian Federation and the United States,” – Heiss writes.
Brian M. Heiss is an expert in diversity & inclusion who has authored and edited several major research-based benchmarking publications and white papers on the subject and served as strategic counsel to Chief Diversity Officers of several corporations in the Fortune 500.
So, is Russian LGBT law really draconian and can we call it “anti-LGBT”?
Here is an Executive Summary of the report:
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Russia’s Anti-Gay Law & LGBT Rights:
1. The law never mentions or uses the word gay, lesbian, homosexual or any other LGBT identifier. [Chapter 2 & Appendix]
2. The law focuses on children, it’s title is “On Protections of Minors from Propaganda of Non-Traditional Sexual Relations”. The messaging and strategy to bring the ban on propaganda from the law of several regions to national laws is part of a larger family values push and is based on the successful anti-same sex marriage push in the United States. [Chapter 2]
3. Russia is actually expanding protections of members of the LGBT community: On September 20, 2013 the official delegation of the Russia Federation announced their willingness to take all required measures to prevent homophobic hate crimes and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation at the 24th UN Human Rights Council. [Chapter 2]
4. There have been regional (much harsher) versions of the propaganda ban in effect for 7 years and there were only 2 convictions for violations of the regional laws and both were overturned. [Chapter 3]
5. In 6 months of the Federal Law there have been 3 convictions: 2 were acts of civil disobedience to challenge the legality of the law, the other is a story which you must read. [Chapter 3]
6. Statistically you are far more likely to be the victim of an anti-LGBT Hate Crime in the United States than in Russia. [Chapter 4]
7. In Russia you cannot be fired from your job for being an LGBT individual, in the United States you can. [Chapter 4]
8. Since 1993 gay sex was made legal in Russia, in 12 US States gay sex is a crime. [Chapter 4]
9. While President Obama says “I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.” his policies demonstrate he has nothing but patience. [Chapter 5]
10. The group impacted most if found to be in violation of the law: Multinational corporations. [Chapter 6]
Brian M Heiss reveals the “surprising story” of how Russia’s law “On Protections of Minors from Propaganda of Non-Traditional Sexual Relations” emerged in US broadcast media and how it got its famous and absolutely incorrect label: “Anti-Gay Law”.
Comparing LGBT Rights in the Russian Federation and the United States Brian Heiss notes that:
“The 2013 FBI Hate Crime Statistics report states that prejudice over a victim’s sexual orientation was the second largest motivator in hate crimes carried out across the United States in 2012.
Furthermore, the author draws the attention of readers to the fact, that during 7 years the law of Non-Traditional Sexual Relations to Minors have been existing in Russia, there have been only 6 Prosecutions (in all 10 regions of Russia) and only 2 Convictions.
In Chaper 5, Brian M. Heiss is asking: “The US has no tolerance for anti-LGBT policies in all countries or just one country?” While there are almost 76 states, where human rights of LGBT persons are being violated, the US is not beating the drum to stop the persecution and oppression there.
Heiss’s research demonstrates that: “Clearly the US-led anti-Russian propaganda effort is not motivated by a policy of protecting LGBT rights everywhere.”
So what could be the reason of anti-Russia campaign led by the US?
Not mentioning the political reasons, the author notes that Russian Federation has become a rapidly growing market for the film industry and all consumer media. Multinational Corporations such as Hollywood are extremely interested in it. “Russia is the new globalized Hollywood’s dream: A giant country with new infrastructure and little oversight that hates its own movies.”
Would the US government and news media (all owned by multinational conglomerates) implement a enormous propaganda campaign demanding the repeal of Russian Federation Federal Law № 135-FZ because of the potential revenue loss a company in violation could incur with a 90 day uspension resulting in lower than projected revenues leading to a negative impact on the company’s stock price and ultimately causing a negative impact on key US economic indicators? The only accurate, fact-based logical answer to the question is YES, writes Brian M. Heiss.
The US-led anti-Russia’s LGBT law campaign has nothing to do with LGBT individuals’ rights protection! Nothing personal, just Business…
“I hope that the understanding of the reality which you may have reached reading this paper will allow each of you passionate about equality to use this knowledge in developing the most effective strategic approach to advance LGBT equality and build an
atmosphere of tolerance & understanding both in the Russian Federation and the United States. If there is anything I might do to support such efforts, please let me know” (Brian M. Heiss, Chicago, Illinois).