Henry Rollins: 'A Lot of Americans Agree With Putin on His Stance Against Homosexuals'

"Russia is tough - the history, the land, the people - brutal," Rollins adds.

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As this year's Winter Olympics are kicking off today (February 7) in Sochi, Russia, Henry Rollins discussed the country's anti-LGBT attitude, calling it far more media-covered than games themselves.

"There has been surprisingly little coverage about the Games, compared with the reportage of Russia's anti-LGBT attitude, now under global scrutiny," the singer kicked off in his LA Weekly blog, further describing his experiences with Russia.

"Before any American points a finger at President Putin and calls him nasty names, they should recognize that a lot of Americans agree with Putin on his stance against homosexual and transgender people," Henry pointed out.

"I just hope there will be no attacks by Chechen rebels upon the thousands of people visiting Russia," he continued. "I don't expect things to get better for LGBT folks in Russia anytime soon, as the people in that country can be an extremely change-resistant bunch.

"Many years ago, when I started visiting Russia, I became interested in not only the history but also some of the writers. Mikhail Bulgakov's insane 'The Master and Margarita' is a great read. Allow me to suggest the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation. Bulgakov had to keep the manuscript hidden from Stalin's goons; it didn't see full publication until nearly 30 years after Bulgakov's death in 1940."

Still discussing favorite Soviet-era writers, Rollins singled out Daniil Kharms and Ryszard Kapuscinski, dubbing his "Imperium" book "the most captivating book on Soviet-era Russia I have read."

"Russia is tough. The history, the land, the people - brutal. I have been to Russia five times now. Never boring," the vocalist added, just to include several excerpts from a 1994 journal describing his very first visit to Russia.

Finally, Rollins concluded: "May the best athletes win, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!"

So once again, Mr. Rollins addressed a touchy issue. Do you agree with him?

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    Sadly, Henry is right on here. People are angry with Putin for being homophobic, but they don't realize they have friends with the same feelings. Luckily, I have a brain, and I'm not one of those who share homophobic thoughts.
    I've lived in NYC all my life, so my opinion on this is slightly slanted because the city culture is much more open minded about this kind of stuff than other places. People (Not Americans, not Russians, just people) need to learn how to value and respect human life. Cultures and lifestyles have been a revolving door of change since the beginning of humanity, which is something that is surprisingly misunderstood on a lot of levels in today's society. Stuff Changes, deal with it. Also, something something Dave Grohl something something
    A lot of Americans also believe that we never landed on the moon. Doesn't make it right.
    I'm not really sure what you are trying to get at through this comparison. But we did land on the moon.
    Maybe it's not the best worded, but he means that there are many people who believe the moon landing was faked, but just because a large group of people believe something, doesn't make it right, which is a common logical fallacy.
    I think what Henry is missing is that gays are often beaten and even murdered in Russia and the police don't even go after the attackers. They are much worse than America and rightfully deserve to be in the hot seat over it.
    Sammy Mantis
    Right on, dude. People who don't share our views and beliefs obviously moral inferiors who don't have brains! Don't you wish everyone could be as progressive and forward-thinking as us?
    Yes actually. Those lobbying, and I do emphasize LOBBYING, against homosexuality and gay marriage are going to look like those who picketed the civil rights movement 45-50 years ago. Adding on: Not trying to start a war here, but the main reason people are against gay marriage is because "it goes against the word of God", possibly the most trivial, uneducated answer one could give.
    Actually, from people I know who are against homosexuality, the word of God has little to do with it. They are really against homosexuality just because they don't like it and find it repulsive, and some are even ignorant enough to say if gay people have equal rights, they'll eventually "convert" everyone to homosexuality. They only use religion to justify their feelings and make them feel secure about their stance.
    Using moral relativism to justify homophobia will not work, sorry.
    I didn't read any moral relativism to justify homophobia, but I could see how an ultra sensitive type could find that. Henry Rollins has stated in the past his distaste for homophobia. These blog excerpts just sounded to me like he was explaining facts, along with his opinion on Russian authors.
    I wasn't talking about what Rollins said, I agree with him. I was talking about Sammy Mantis' comment.
    Touche. I should learn to pay attention to post spacing on the thread I guess. Carry on...
    You can be morally superior than he who hates and discriminate, just by thinking differently.
    Why can't people just be ****ing people, and judged on their ****ing merits? Why does everything have labels? Does the sexual orientation of someone really affect someone's life if they've never met them?
    The Olympics are about putting aside differences to compete. I agree with him that people are focusing way to much on Russia's policies and not enough on sport itself. I'm sure that during the games any gay competitor would want to be seen as an athlete first and a homosexual second. They've trained too hard to get there to simply be seen as a human interest story
    I would think that a gay athlete just wants to be seen as an athlete. there sex life shouldnt even count. a straight competitor wouldnt want to be seen as an athlete first and a heterosexual second. Because its irrelevent. their is no difference between a gay athlete and a straight athelete. except one likes to suck dick and the other likes to eat pussy (lol)
    One likes to eat shit off another mans dick... One likes to wear a plastic dick 24/7 and have men's haircuts and dress like a man and that's creepy. I honestly don't understand how people think that this is all ok, but I don't force my opinion on others, same cannot be said for the opposing view... Straight athletes do not constantly talk about their sexuality, straight athletes do not demand that everyone must conform to their own personal beliefs.
    Now, I'm completely out of it when it comes to sports, but I don't remember any gay athlete talking publicly about all their weird fetishes in the bedroom. I have seen gay men that are always the first to announce how gay they are but it doesn't annoy me more than anyone else flaunting their private life. If an athlete appears with their trophy wife a lot it's basically the same as announcing their heterosexuality constantly. It seems more like former just bothers you more because you're less comfortable with it, not that it's objectively a lesser thing.
    Russian culture is traditionally homophobic, same with Islamic culture as well. The problem is too many people are trying to assimilate others into "western" values. While as a westerner, I hold tolerance and freedom as a cultural value. That does not mean I should aggressively impose my own to other cultures. For example, If I visit a Muslim country, It is out of courtesy to dress and act modestly. While I may find this "oppressive", I am a mere guest at their land and must respect their customs and traditions.
    While I get your point, I think there's a slight difference between respecting a country's customs and values, and tolerating homophobia. Homosexuality is a natural occurrence in the animal kingdom and it used to be the same with humans as well. I also think that one of the reasons why a lot of people (myself included) are up in arms about this is because the parallels between Russia's treatment of the LGBT community and that of the Jewish people in Nazi Germany is very, very similar.
    It seems to be about 50/50 when it comes to homophobia in the US, and that also really depends on where you live. For instance, I live in Austin, which is an incredible liberal city for the incredibly conservative Texas state. There are gay bars and pride activities and people vote Democratic and everything. However, if you just drive north 15 miles, you have Round Rock, which is part of the "greater Austin area", but is filled with racists, homophobes, and bigots. So, it's very spotty and unbalanced as far as America goes with homophobia and LGBT support.
    Just because many Americans are anti-gay, doesn't mean we shouldn't criticize Putin and Russia's laws. Because guess what--us decent Americans are critical of homophobic Americans as well.
    Ryszard Kapuscinski isn't a Russian writer, he's a Polish journalist who wrote a book about the Soviet Union. I think it's a mistake worth correcting (even if the original source, i.e. Henry, was wrong).
    What does this have to do with music?
    This, if I wanted to hear about political bs, I'd go to a news website, not listen to musicians who are for the most part politically inept. Putin is ****ing psycho, we know.
    The US' problem with gays and transgenders is largely religious, if you ask me. Now sure. I do have tons of things against religion and will take them up in healthy debate. But people are allowed to believe whatever they want, as long as it doesn't impact on people's happiness. In the case of equality for homosexuals and transgenders it clearly does though, and should be fought ever step of the way. Sometimes i'm glad i'm straight. Being homosexual can be a huge ****ing problem for you in many parts of the world. A thing that is EASILY taken for granted. But it shouldn't be.
    Two types of gays that I can't stand, the super flamboyant ones, you know...he ones that hold parades with naked men on leashes and giant dildos...and then there's the mean, chip on a shoulder, mad because they don't have a cock and they're weak lesbians....so basically I can't stand the stereotypes. Luckily not all of them are like that
    Totally agree, i had to spend an entire 3 months working for my sociopathic lesbian aunt, worst experience of my life, she's a self centred, egotistical, sexist bitch who divorced her husband because she realized she was a lesbian when he suggested a threesome and went through with it with her (mind you this was after 25 years of marriage). She only trusts lesbians and feminists, will do anything in her power to degrade men and oh **** i can't even go on. Met to many gay men and women like this who are the most self entitled ass holes you can imagine, don't get me started on the lisps, i know about 4 guys who "Developed" lisps right after they came out of the closest. I'm all for gay marriage and LGBT people being treated as equals amongst society, i don't think they should have any distinction from a straight person, i just can't stand the elitist attitude so many of them portray.
    your auntie isnt Millie Tant by any chance?
    Just googled her, that describes her to a T, it's actually stunning how similar they are it's scary.
    There is nothing wrong with being gay, many rock stars like Kurt Cobain were/are pro gay, sadly many Americans are anti-gay (how has it harmed anyone btw?) and a good book to read on Russia's History, esp. during WWII, is The Gulag Archipelago, parts I-VII, Putin is also a former KGB member/agent.
    matteo cubano
    I don't know what kind of Americans he's been talking to but 80% of the people I know either don't care if gays get married, are gay/bi or have a family member or friend who is and strongly support them. Then again, I'm 19. But even all of the older people I come in contact with, regardless or religious or political affiliation also are in favor of gay marriage. It's probably one of, if not the most popular stance in American culture. If you hang out with my grandma (which may be closer to the demographic of Rollins' peers) then sure, maybe there's some homophobia around
    Forgive me if im wrong, I dont live in the US but my perception of it is that there are large chunks of it that are very open minded and progressive and large chunks of it that are not. I might be wrong in assuming this but I get the feeling that its just where you happen to be that 80% of the people dont care if you are gay or not. That doesnt mean its the same all over the US. It was only about 10 years ago in texas when a man was sent to prison simply for having sex with anouther man in the privacy of his own home. Thats when the supreme court had to step in and force those states with sodomy laws into the 21st century. Just because they were forced to change their laws dont go thinking the attitude in these places have changed. For every New York, LA, San Francisco and Seattle you still have a Texas, Alabama, Utah and Tennessee. And thats not to say that those states dont have people who are progressive and do support LGBT rights but there is still a large percentage of them who are firmly against.
    You don't live in the US? Where do you live? Let us invade you with our patented Democracy!
    funny is, nobody on the internet knows what that law actually says..... it bans distribution of non-traditional sexual relations propaganda to minors..... which is basicaly nothing that serious, and usa in many cases have similar laws put in place..... this is just media putting something in the heads of stupid people
    Except that 'propaganda' has included ANYTHING that could be associated with homosexuality (i.e. two men holding hands in public) and led to severe beatings at the very least (of which there are videos online). Russia is f*cked up.
    He's right though in that it's a generational thing. I'd say that 80-90% of my generation has no problem with gays.
    And 80-90% of the older generation probably doesn't either. See, the majority of people in the US don't really mind what other people do in their love life. It's just that small percentage who apparently think condemnation is the best thing ever. Usually these folks are "ultra-religious" people (usually of Christian denominations) who seem to have forgotten that the Bible states many, many times that the only person one is supposed to judge is one's self.
    its not 80 to 90 percent. For example California. California is a liberal state but even when California voted to outlaw gay marriage the vote fell in favor to outlaw, and it was close to a 50/50 split. look at some real numbers.
    To be fair, voting demographics don't really reflect real demographics either. I'd wager that most people who didn't vote at all have no problems with gays, but just don't care enough to actually protect their rights.
    Why are you pointing fingers at religions for absolutely no reason? Because it's easy to point a finger and blame a group of people for causing social and economic issues? Sounds like the open minded thing to do. The argument is just unnecessary, and founded solely on media agenda
    No, he is pointing at religion because they have a book claiming that a man should be put to death for "laying with a man as a man would lay with a woman." Religion is a huge problem with our social and economic issues, it is entirely politicized in the states. They constantly walk around with signs such as "God hates fags" and "God loves dead soldiers". Religion people make me sick, I hope they all kill each other.
    Religion itself is not a bad thing, it's people who attempt to legislate their belief systems onto other people who are the problem. It disappoints me to see people just hate upon the institution of religion because religious extremists exist. (Anyone reading this wishing to "enlighten" me about Atheism, don't. I'm well-read on Harris, Hitchens, Dawkins, Shermer, etc.)
    Religion is evil, as it makes people do evil things. What kind of monster can look at a perfect newborn baby and say "Let's mutilate it's genitals, and when they are old enough to talk, we will indoctrinate them with fear and hatred". That is pure evil.
    Which makes the opposing view of ripping a newborn out of the womb before it's born seem so much more humane.
    @schirripar, I don't understand your comment? Is that about C sections or abortions? If it's abortions, you can thank the non-religious progressive people (your enemies), because abortions are at a 50 year all time low thanks to education and contraceptives. Also, there is plenty of good reasons for an abortion, even if you are religious. The baby could be killing the mother, the mother could have been raped, or the baby might be dead in the womb. Your little book doesn't have all the answers, I would argue it has none, just more questions.
    I think it's cute that you think I'm some religious extremist because I disagree with you. Oh right, I'm on the internet.
    "ripping a newborn out of the womb" - straw manning abortion issues to the point of referring to the opposing view as extremists implicitly... is an indication of extremism. Also, God commits an abortion in the bible. Good luck figuring that one out.
    Religion isn't inherently evil. Nor are all religions equal. Not every religion is guilty of what you are accusing them of.
    I would argue that using the Westboro Baptist Church as your basis for religious people is a pretty closed minded thing to do. I'm not even religious, I'm just playing devils advocate
    Thanks for generalizing all religion into the beliefs of a 40-person ultra-conservative extremist congregation in Kansas. You do realize the majority of religious people actually condemn what the Westboro Baptist Church does, yes?
    @hansome21 Those people who walk around with "God hates fags" signs are about as rare as shark attacks. The media just loves to focus on them because they're ridiculous and polarizing. People love to hate Westboro Baptist Church because of how insane it is. Everyone forgets there's only 40 of those losers. Us other 100+ million Christians in the U.S. all get a bad name because of a few idiots.
    A common misconception is that people don't differentiate homophobia and being against gay marriage. Homophobic people don't believe homosexuality is a socially acceptable thing. People against gay marriage couldn't care less who you're dating, but simply have more traditional views on the institution of marriage. Now wither that that is right or wrong is a debate in itself, but the latter is definitely more represented than homophobic people. With that being said, I do think the entire thing is ridiculous and people should pursue whatever makes them happy, marriage or otherwise.
    While I share your opinion on your conclusion here, I have to argue with you re: your claim that anti-gay marriage folks make that distinction. One follows from the other, dude. If homosexuality is just fine, then why would there be a limiting definition of marriage in the first place?
    Because some folks do believe that marriage is more of a religious concept than it has become. I know quite a few people like that and it boggles the mind.
    It also boggles the mind how many people's feelings on the subject are deeply rooted in religion while they themselves do not consider themselves to be religious, yet many of these people cannot see the foundation of their own beliefs.
    Marriage is more sociologically rooted, meaning that it is an institution, or something that "has always been so." This is the reason athiests get married without it being considered a taboo. Homophobia is more of an issue of right and wrong, or morality if you will. Of course it's not black and white. I was just trying to add some clarification to the topic, saying that there are multiple stances being taken, not just one "I hate gays" stance.
    You dissociate morality from sociology and sociology from religion, only to equate morality with religion. These are fundamental points on which we differ. Religion is absolutely sociological and while morality is as well, it absolutely is not necessarily based in religion. Furthermore, sexuality between consenting adults is not an issue of morality, either, so long as a "marriage" is at risk. THAT is purely a sociological issue.
    Is that you, schirripar? I'll make some very general statements too then, I guess... If someone truly doesn't care about someone else being gay, then marriage would mean the same thing for everyone, regardless who is married. I welcome any argument against the logical soundness of that. If, on the other hand, one doesn't want to appear to be a homophobe and claims not to care, then it gets sticky. This is the territory of "I don't care if they're gay, I just don't want them to shove it in my face" and "I don't care what they do, that isn't real marriage" as well as so many other shades of disingenuity. Seriously, if one truly, deep-down, felt that such a distinction as mentioned above were legitimate and the two elements were not causally linked, I would have to conclude that he/she were deluded or in denial. Let the downvotes rain.
    I don't care if a person is gay or want's gay rights but the states can do whatever they want that's why it's called the United States. Each state can make it's own laws. If you don't like it then leave. Go read a history book. The State's were around before the federal goverment. The state's can override the federal government. The state's created the federal government. Go read article 5 of the constitution.
    I'm gay. Just curious as to what to general views are regarding homosexual rights and the significance of sexual orientation, in the opinions of the ultimate guitar community? please feel free to judge
    I just wish musicians wouldn't get tied up in any of this AT ALL.
    Aren't some of the greatest people those who made statements on the social issues of the time?
    This is Henry Rollins we're talking about, not John Lennon.
    Rollins is far more relevant than Lennon for a vast segment of the music community. Getting involved in things is a cognizant human thing to do.
    Yeah, because the grammys will be honoring the 50'th anniversary of how Black Flag started the British Invasion and changed music ans society forever. Don't even think about comparing the relevancy between those men because their relevancy speaks for itself. Rollins gets an article on UG, and Lennon gets a prime-time special celebrating the anniversary of when he got here half a century ago.
    far more relevant for what...being an attention seeking blowhard....as for the music community you speak of and obviously know NOTHING about....John Lennon is a GOD, a legend in his own time and beyond...Henry Rollins is nothing but a footnote in the book of music.....
    Hi Bluck. I don't think Henry would disagree with your assesment that he is a footnote in the book of music, especially when compared to someone of the stature of John Lennon. In fact i think he'd approve. But to be fair this is a political article and not a music one. Rollins is in a different league to Lennon on that score. And yes, Lennon was a monumental attention seeker.
    I'm surprised so many people are entirely unfamiliar with his work post Black Flag. Mostly political spoken word....
    ...So what? They're both musicians, and by your logic John Lennon should have sat down and shut up.
    No, what I'm saying is that Henry Rollins isn't nearly as relevant as John Lennon was. I'll get downvoted for saying that seeing as most of you have a lovefest for the guy, but that's what I believe.
    The reason you were downvoted was because you don't need to be a Beatle to have the right to express an opinion. The relevancy argument might be the most absurd thing I've ever seen in my life.
    You should be downvoted, because it's simply wrong. Most common people don't know a Henry Rollins song, let alone multiple. John Lennon made the most iconic music in a short period of time and indefinitely changed music and society. He's associated with lines such as "Give Peace a Chance" "All You Need Is Love" "Imagine" "War Is Over (If You Want It)"...hell, the "Peace and Love" sentiment is ridiculously associated with his band. His relevancy musically and politically is unmatched by Rollins (though he's a respectable guy).
    You do realise Henry Rollins was in Black Flag right? You know, that Hardcore Punk band from the late 70's, early 80's.
    Psycho Pigeon
    why does gay stuff have to be everywhere? This is music site, not a platform to spout your opinions about homosexuality. Russia is actually very open when it comes to gays and laws, look up 'Brian M Heiss white paper' and look at the statistics. Gay rights groups are just craving attention.
    They passed a law punishing people for educating children about homosexuality . Like it or not, Music has a very powerful impact on people and it is a fantastic tool to spread word about injustices like what's been going on in Russia. I think it's a good thing that people speak up about issues like this, instead of using their status as a musician to talk about how br00tal kvlt their sweep-taps are.
    Henry Rollins looks like the old guy at the gym who walks around the locker room naked. Also, while I agree that there is too much talk about Russian politics and accommodations; I'm just tired of hearing about the olympics all together. The media is currently beyond saturated with Sochi. I can't turn on the internet, tv, radio, or even leave the house without hearing about the dirty water or the stupid toilets. This article is a great example. I can't even go to UG without being assaulted by what some retired pseudo-punk rocker thinks about Putin's stance on gays.
    I hate when a musician makes a political statement. I also hate when anybody who says that they disagree with gay marriage is down voted and ridiculed. Open minded people don't want to hear about differing opinions. They want to hear how everyone is in lock step with them. They hide behind the notion of tolerance so that they can be intolerant to opposing ideas. If you truly believe in your ideas, you should be able to welcome a conflicting viewpoint, because you know that yours is right. Not lambasting someone who says what you disagree with. I don't have a problem with gay marriage. I have family who are gay. I have a best friend from high school is gay. It doesn't bother me. I don't want to see it because it's not my thing, but do whatever you want in your bedroom. However, I also respect the opinions of my parents who believe in the traditional form of marriage. They don't have a problem giving the LGBT community civil unions and the same rights as marriage, but marriage should be between a man and a woman in a religious ceremony. I end with this: be who you want to be. Stop worrying about the opinions of others and go enjoy life. Goddamn it. As a society, we need to stop worrying about every person's opinion on us. What happened to privacy? What happened to having shame? Fuck Facebook, **** Twitter, and **** reality TV. Don't put everything about you on display for everyone else. Your private life is your private life. Keep it that way.
    Marriage was around long before religion. They have nothing to do with each other. You sound really ignorant trying to defend yourself by claiming that your clear homophobia is just a different opinion. It has nothing to do with being close minded and intolerant like you claim. You are just projecting yourself onto everyone else. We have looked at your perspective, and we don't want to side with the ignorant bigot troll people that think they are better than everyone else. Get off your pedestal.
    Why is this guy on UG all the time? Dave Mustaines replacement?
    I'm cool with that. Rollins is a well informed guy, that being the opposite of Mustaine.
    Yes, Rollins actually has something interesting to say. However I can see how he may come off a bit annoying to those that don't really mind about anything are pleased with the way they live their simple and common lives.
    There was nothing REMOTELY interesting in that article...just more of Rollins trying to make himself relevant....
    Yeah, I can see that too. He's always incisive as **** about whatever he has to say.
    Second Rate
    Rollins' rants display about the same level of informed opinion as Mustaine's. Quite frankly, I think the only difference between the two would likely be voting patterns.
    Out in the country and about 95% will agree with me, we dont give a damn for gays and we sure as hell dont want them flaunting around like they deserve rights.
    How have gays harmed you? Many homosexuals have been persecuted throughout History, esp. by Hitler, his SS, Gestapo and Nazi regimes, under Stalin, put in concentrations camps, forced to wear a purple/red triangle (I think, an upside down one, in Germany during WWII under Hitler/The Nazi's) and by many Middle East terrorist/religious groups/cults, what does that say about you and your beliefs? It says a lot. Gay people deserve rights like everyone else, including you, me, minority's, the disabled, the homeless and women, etc.
    Rollins isn't even a musician, he's a joke. Stop posting BS about this guy. nobody cares.
    let me know when your albums/books/dvds/spoken word tours/tv shows are influential
    Influential to who....get real...we are talking about Henry Rollins....you know the guy who used to get in peoples faces and literally fight them during his Black Flag performances....
    Yeah, in his Black Flag days, he would fight and get in peoples faces but what do you expect when youre barraged by 30 Hardcore fans in 81-86? Read the interviews about those days, he used to get tons of flack for not being the "original" singer of Black Flag. This part was taken by Wikipedia: "As the front man, Rollins was a frequent target of violent audience members, and became known for fist-fights with audience members." He did what I believe every person would do, which is react to your environment. You might be one of those pussies who would hide and be like "stop hitting me" but Rollins wasnt. Read his stuff before posting here.
    Black Flag during this period was accused massively of "selling out" as well, Rollins never really got a break during his time in Black Flag and people still give him shit today for it as well, despite the fact that Greg Ginn always wrote the majority of their material.
    Once again Henry trying to sound much smarter than he is.I'm anti gay.Yes you heard it.That doesn't mean I would hurt or discriminate against gays.It goes against the natural order.It's wrong.Too bad Henry.If I have to "walk alone " on this then so be it.
    Yeah stuff that goes against nature is sick. You should get on your computer and use the internet to tell as many people as you can to live more natural existences. Maybe you should use your electric guitar and drive around the country in a van preaching the message of how great natural stuff is.
    A reporter asked President Vlad Putin if gay American athletes should fear how they act in Russia and Putin responded that they are not rounding people up for being gay, however he wants the kids in Russia safe and that the kids are the future and he doesn't want the kids being victimized by gays and pedophiles. I thought what he said was interesting, he feels that their is not much difference between gays and pedophiles. Here in America people are not allowed to mention the two in the same breath. For some reason an adult man having unprotected sex with a 15-16 year old boy is not pedophilia apparently anymore in the U. S. I know that when I was 14-17 older gay men constantly hit on me and would have loved raping me, but hey, their born that way?
    That age area is pretty fuzzy when it comes to sexual matters. Pretty obvious that a lot of countries have the age at 16 and a lot at 18. Also to add like the above user, pedophilia is more in regards to prepubescence. And anyways, wouldn't heterosexual child molestation still be an issue? Even if there's a higher percentage of pedophiles who are also gay (I won't pretend like I know the true numbers) wouldn't it be more beneficial to find a more direct source in the cause of molestation? And it's not like they're targeting specific pedophiles. There's massive amounts of horrible violence against all gay people regardless of what actions they do. Even if Putin is not telling the citizens to go out and beat gays it's being culturally accepted and promoted.
    Humans find youth attractive. Male or female, gay or straight. It is just that simple. Being an adult who is attracted to a 14, 15, 16 year old does not make you a paedophile, Peadophiles are attracted to prepubescent children. Being an adult and having sex with a 15 year old maybe illegal, may even be immoral, but it does not make you a paedophile. I dont think Putins point was ever that homosexuals would try to have sex with Russian children. Its more the fear they will spread the word of homosexual propaganda to the youth of Russia and in another generation or two, horror of all horrors, Russia could end up like the other civilized countries on this planet and might actually be accepting of LGBT issues. And to everyone in here who has said sh** like "I dont know what the issue is. I just dont care. I wish everyone would stop going on about this" Well thats great and all that you dont care. but plenty of people on both sides of the debate do care a great deal. And if you really think its not an issue and life is just fine for homosexuals in this day and age, well, I'll point you in the direction of this moron who I have just replied to. [/diatribe]
    Im not even gonna get started on this shit. This is just the whole Gay vs. Homophobes. Do we really have to get into this.... Russia is anti gay because their population is dying. And gays cant reproduce. So they want their people to have more kids. I believe abortion is illegal there too. Same reason.
    Saw Henry Rollins a week or so ago talking about how bad pot is now this. Why does anyone care about his opinion? He comes across as a dick and a judgmental person. Live and Let Live.
    In that article he says do whatever you want to do but this is my stance. That makes him a dick? Telling you to do what makes you happy?
    He never said pot was bad, just that he thinks that smoking it is a waste of time for him personally.
    Does Rollins not realise this is 2014 NOT the ****ing dark ages? What a massive prat. Putin and Russia need to grow the **** up too.
    He wasn't defending the Russians. He was pointing out that the Americans aren't much better.
    I never implied that he was...
    You definitely did. Believe it or not, most of the users of this site and myself have a good degree of reading comprehension. When someone reads an article about someone discussing prejudice, and responds by pointing out that it is 2014 and not the dark ages, it means he just accused the subject of defending the prejudice. Unless of course you've got this whole thing backwards and you think that "this is 2014 NOT the ****ing dark ages" is something that you say to people who promote equality. I'm not an idiot.
    i mean lets face it who cares if your gay but if i dont agree dont get mad, if its who you are then w.e but it doesnt mean i have to accept it, i love when people who arent gay get so mad, your not gay so dont worry about it ya know?
    There should be no support at all for anti-gay laws, as long as they don't make any public appearance.
    Reminded me of this: Russia Applauds America's Efforts To Exclude Gay Athletes From Professional Sports
    Honestly I wish the Government funded propaganda monsters would stop pushing Non Issues in front of the media's attention. The only time this is done is to distract the public from what is really going on with the world. Oh yeah lets throw a hissy fit because of someones sex life... Gay Marriage is already recognized in the USA, just not all states will license the Marriage, but by the Interstate Compact that allows the Drivers Licence from California will allow you to drive in Maine. There are more important issues at hand instead of worrying about small things.