Russian Lawmakers Propose Govt. Sponsored Ex-Gay Therapy & Gay Blood Donation Ban
Free ex-gay conversion therapy? Check. A ban on blood donations from gay men? Check.
Russian government is clearly working overtime in its efforts not to appear homophobic.
Russia could soon reintroduce the ban on blood and organ donations for gay men, but offer them free treatment facilitating ‘conversion’ to heterosexuals, a senior Russian MP has said.
“We will suggest amendments to the law on donors that reintroduce homosexuality to the list of contraindications for blood donations in Health Ministry instructions,” said State Duma MP Mikhail Degtyarev, who is also a Moscow mayoral candidate from the populist-nationalist party LDPR.
The politician told a news conference in Moscow that in his view such a step could not be considered discriminatory, as 65 percent of all HIV-positive persons are homosexuals. Degtyarev did not give the source of this statistics.
Degtyarev also added that the lower house was working on the initiative to offer gays voluntary anonymous consultations with psychologists, psychotherapists and sexologists that would help them to “return to normal life and become heterosexuals, as are 95 to 99 percent of our citizens.”
The MP noted that he personally was not against gay pride events – as long as they did not violate the freshly-introduced ban on advertising of non-traditional sex relations to minors.
“The law presumes that they should not hold gay pride events when children can see them. But it is very possible to hold them at night, with flashlights and without amplifiers,” Degtyarev explained.
By all means, let's allow the gays to hold their gay pride events at night! How generous.
Let's also provide them with state-sponsored therapy that's been completely discredited in order to make them normal.
And, of course, let's reintroduce the ban on gay blood donation in 2013 as many nations are finally beginning to reevaluate whether said ban is in any way necessary.