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Petition Demands Miss Universe Pageant Move Out Of Russia

The Olympics are one thing, but a goddamn beauty pageant? That's certified LGBT territory, so it's no wonder a petition has appeared on Change.org demanding that the 2013 Miss Universe competition be pulled out of its current hosting city, Moscow, due to Russia's insane war on gay people. 

Francesco Pascuzzi, creator of the new petition, writes:

As a lifelong pageant fan, I’m shocked and disappointed that the Miss Universe Organization has chosen to host its competition this year in Russia, where LGBTQ people are under attack.

Over the last few months, aggressive and discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws have been enacted in Russia. On July 3rd, 2013, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law preventing the adoption of Russian-born children to gay couples, and to couples and/or individuals living in any country where marriage equality exists in any shape or form. This shameful piece of legislation came on the heels of other laws, also signed by president Putin earlier in 2013, which allow Russian police to arrest and detain Russian citizens and foreign tourists suspected of being homosexuals or of pushing a pro-LGBTQ agenda. Another recently enacted law labeling "homosexual propaganda" as pornography puts anyone making pro-gay statements to underage individuals at risk of being fined and/or arrested.

Pictures of a recent Gay Pride event in St. Petersburg which ended in bloody beatings and arrests have now surfaced on the Internet, as well. Being gay in Russia is today equal to being a criminal. Russia is no longer a safe destination and host country. When the Miss Universe Organization allowed transgender beauty Jenna Talackova to enter the Miss Universe Canada pageant in 2012, reversing its previous policies on the matter, it sent a strong and unequivocal message in favor of equality and of the LGBTQ community. Choosing Russia as a host country undermines this progress. 

Many Miss Universe fans, myself included, identify as LGBTQ -- and surely many employees of the organization are, as well. How are any of these people, who might want or will have to attend the event, supposed to travel to Russia under these new laws and feel safe, when they could (and likely will) be beaten, arrested and/or detained on the spot for being who they are? Clearly, there is more at stake here than the organization’s reputation. 

With this message, we are asking the Miss Universe Organization to send a strong message in favor of equality and human rights by pulling out from hosting the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

Do you think Donald Trump will move his pageant?

Comments

Please correct Miss Universe 2013 will be in Russia  on November 14 and not 2014 as your article headlines.

Wow I have no words! the multi billion fashion industry in Russia is also moving? there will be a lots of Russian machos! starving@!

 

 

We'd like to move it, move it :-D You're right my blue and rose friends. There is too much pro LGBT propaganda in Russia. We need to reduce it! So move it. The farer from Russia, the better.

Nonetheless, there are a lot of gays and lesbians in Russia. And nobody touch them until they demonstrate themselves trying to organise the LGBT parades. Police do not break into the rooms where they are making love. But it is not in our tradition to demonstrate sexual perversions publicly. It is more in european and american traditions. So, keep your habitudes for you, since we do not meddle to you with our traditions.

...and if you worry so much about LGBT community in Russia. Adress a petition to your governement to provide all Russia's perverts with your country's citizenship. So you could together organise LGBT parades on your territory. Safely.

 

...and if you worry so much about LGBT community in Russia. Adress a petition to your governement to provide all Russia's perverts with your country's citizenship.

Nice try, but we can't give all Russians citizenship.

Of course, because there will be no more perverts in your country :-D

Lucifer (or Pervert whichever name you answer to) at least learn to write english so we can actually understand your ignorance more.

JRPratts, you understood me good enough. Let's talk again when you'll begin speak & write Russian as I speak & write English  ;-)

Move it out of Russia.

Move it

If he does not - it will show how he feels about the LGBT community as a whole.

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