76 countries make it a crime to be gay or transgender – and in 10, you can still be sentenced to death or life in prison. In many others, the ability to work, raise a family and love who you choose free from threat of violence is not yet a reality. All Out as a movement is bringing together people of every identity – lesbian, gay, straight, bi, transgender and all that’s between and beyond – to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are. Take for instance Russia where………..
Political leaders in St. Petersburg are about to vote on law that will make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian or transgender. The ruling party led by President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin could make millions of people invisible with the stroke of a pen.
Human rights defenders around the country are doing everything they can to stop it. They are risking their freedom to organize flashmobs and protests, but they are afraid that it won’t be enough.
Right now, the world needs to speak up and tell Russian authorities to drop the bill. Join this call to leaders around the world to reach out to their counterparts in the Russian government – and ask them to reject this discriminatory and anti-democratic law.
I, like All Out, believe that equality is inevitable. But we all need to do our part to make that shift happen in 5 years, not 25.
It may come as a surprise to you that over the past 7 years more and more I am working with men who though publicly identify themselves as straight privately like to receive sensual intimacy via sensual massage from another man. This does not necessarily label them as gay or bisexual but simply sensual. In one month I may see 40 clients for massage with at least 50% of these men being in a happy sexual relationship with a female partner and yet they seek to enjoy a moment of unconditional intimacy with another of the same sex. So it is not just the gay, lesbian and transgendered that we need to support but anyone, male or female who at any time has thought or fantasised about some form of same sex intimacy. As straight as he may profess to be I can’t belive Putin and similar narrow minded leaders have never taken part or considerd enjoying a FMF threesome, if so do the two girls with him also become outlawed. I think not!
Our sensuality should not be used as a political or religious weapon. For far to long the guilt and fear has been woven around our natural desires for intimacy and touch and it is through giving our individual voices to organisation such as ALL OUT that the natural balance of nature can be allowed to exist without aggresive intervention.