Posted July 30th, 2013, 01:25 PM
I can't believe I just read that. If you had said you were going just so you could show Russia how ordinary it is to be gay I would have been less disappointed. This type of action by a "developed" nation should be condemned and isolated as much as possible. Complicity and ambivalence will only lead to it spreading. But I do hope you have a great cruise. And, if you can, wear your pride openly.
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When I first commented about the Baltic Cruise, to which TxnAquarian responded, I had no intention of creating an opportunity for anyone to be disapointed. My fiance and I have spoken in depth about our concerns about our upcoming cruise. While it is disparaging to hear of the Russian government's treatment of the GLBT community, to completely boycott would mean that we call to arms a boycott of more than just Russian ports; as Russia is merely the most public these days. However, when I took it upon myself to research the boards, I found that quite a few members of the GLBT community choose to visit a number of countries with anti-gay laws. One might say that Russia stands out because of it's anti display laws, but in all reality that is not the case either:
Antigua and Barbuda:
(15 years in prison)
(10 years in prison)
(Male: illegal and 10 year prison sentence. Female: legal)
(Male: illegal and 10 year sentence to hard labor. Female: legal)
Saint Kitts and Nevis:
(Male: illegal and 10 year sentence. Female: legal)
(Male: illegal and a fine and/or 10 year sentence. Female: legal)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:
(Fine and/or 10 years)
Trinidad and Tobago:
(25 years prison sentence);
to name a few. I won't even go into the horrific way that the GLBT community is treated in Africa, and yet I still have an African Safari on my bucket list.
That said, to TxnAquarian, I apologize that a conversation started by me may have inadvertently led negative reactions of others; as this was truly not my intention.