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22 February 2013 @ 01:42 am
[sticky post] The Love is Legal campaign  

This is a Russian campaign against Article 6.13.1 (of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation), the federal bill which is to ban the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”. You can enjoy the full insanity of the bill in English here. It was already approved by their Parliament in its first reading, and has two more readings to pass.

So the Love is Legal site is where people’s photos and accompanying messages opposing the bill and supporting the Russian LGBT community are posted. I asked one of the Russian activists if I could join the campaign, and he gladly gave me his permission. I sent my photo and my message to the campaign’s email address, and this is the end result:

My message is in Russian (thanks to ilupin for the editing), so I’m translating it into English for you.

I am a volunteer who works with gay teenagers. I know from experience what it’s like to talk an underage boy out of killing himself over the Internet.

For such teenagers, the information that they are perfectly normal and no worse than the others can be literally life-saving. They need information and educational resources, and not protection from the “propaganda” of what is absurd to propagandize. They need to know that they are not alone on this planet. I am against Article 6.13.1.

Darina Ivanova

ETA: I'm making this post "sticky" for some time because I think it's important.

eric_mathgeekeric_mathgeek on February 21st, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Great message. And a great photo of you, too!
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 22nd, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
Thank you, Eric! :)

(Wow, you are on LJ!)
dan4behr: OMG! YAY!dan4behr on February 22nd, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)

P.S.: Love the photo!

Edited at 2013-02-22 01:05 am (UTC)
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 22nd, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

The photo came from this series.
maxauburn: Hummingbird - My favorite birdmaxauburn on February 22nd, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
EXCELLENT letter!-and I, too, like the photo!
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 24th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jerry! :)
Shimmerleafshimmer on February 22nd, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
That's a beautiful photo of you, and the sentiments in your text are even more beautiful.

Thank you for all the work you do for our gay teenagers. They do not get enough love in this hateful world.

hugs, Shimmer
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 24th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Shimmer! :)

Just wait until those teenagers grow up and change the world!
Иван Симочкинivansim on February 22nd, 2013 05:45 am (UTC)
Замечательно! Очень здорово!
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 24th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Спасибо! :)

Активисты всего Интернета, соединяйтесь! ;)
Сыч домовыйsteinkrauz on February 22nd, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
You are the best!
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 24th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, D. :)
Сыч домовыйsteinkrauz on February 24th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Apropos, have you seen this: http://www.afisha.ru/article/gay-issue/ ?

I think it could be useful for your rainbow children.
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 24th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, I saw it. :)

It's good that you reminded me of it; I wanted to show it to a Bulgarian boy who understands Russian last night, but he was busy with something else, and then I almost forgot about it. I bookmarked it now.
Neil aka MrDreamJeansmrdreamjeans on February 22nd, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
A courageous move, my friend.
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 22nd, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm much less courageous than those Russian activists who take the risk of getting beaten up by the "Christian" thugs and/or arrested each time they go out on a protest rally, Neil - or even those Russians who just send their photos to be posted in a public place, together with their names and the places where they live.
Hettiehettie_lz on February 22nd, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 24th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
jeffurrynpljeffurrynpl on February 22nd, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
You really are amazing, you know? And you look great!
Darinatilia_tomentosa on February 24th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jeff! :)
Tomazpaterson_si on March 6th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
THUMBS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Darinatilia_tomentosa on March 6th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Darina: well-behaved womentilia_tomentosa on March 23rd, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
Привет, враг, у тебя есть имя и лицо? :)
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Darinatilia_tomentosa on March 23rd, 2013 01:05 pm (UTC)
Вот и хорошо знать хоть имена своих врагов. :)

А почему ты нас так ненавидишь, Сергей?
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Darinatilia_tomentosa on March 23rd, 2013 01:17 pm (UTC)
Это кто и как решает, какие точно особи нашего биологического вида считаются людьми или не-людьми?
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Darinatilia_tomentosa on March 23rd, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
А где эти "законы природы" написаны?
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Darinatilia_tomentosa on March 23rd, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
Ну, просветите меня. :)
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Darinatilia_tomentosa on March 23rd, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
А мне так неинтересно разговаривать. :)
Neil aka MrDreamJeansmrdreamjeans on December 13th, 2015 05:02 am (UTC)
Wanting to wish you a very Happy Birthday, Dari! Hope you have a wonderful day of celebration! HUGS!
Darinatilia_tomentosa on December 15th, 2015 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you,my darling Neil! :)

It was a wonderful day indeed, in a very unusual way. I decided to be adventurous at the last moment, and went to see some friends in the capital city, which worked very well, although being on the road all day and struggling to organize meetups with several individual people was tiring. It deserves an entry on its own, but that will have to wait until after I go out with my local friend tomorrow.