by Will Kohler
A rabidly anti-gay St. Petersburg group is using the popular Russian social media site Vkontakte offering a reward of the equivalent of $150 for to Russian citizens who report “confirmed” information on LGBT schoolteachers. The group aims to expose them and have them fired by using Russia’s “gay propaganda to minors law” with the help of local authorities.
Queer Russia reports:
A new St. Petersburg based antigay group emerged on a popular Russian social network Vkontakte has launched an on-line campaign offering an equivalent of $150 for reporting “confirmed” information on LGBT school teachers. The group aims to stop “gay propaganda to minors” in schools and dismiss gay teachers with the help of local authorities. The announcement published on the group’s page Vkontakte urges people to collect and send in any public information about LGBT teachers who are, “explicitly or implicitly”, open about their own sexual orientation on the internet and to their schoolchildren.
The group refuses to accept any rumors or slander and stresses that the information must be available in the open sources so that the group’s activity does not violate the Russian law on collecting personal data without a person’s consent. The announcement claims that such open information can be “threatening to psyche and mind of children who may be around such people”. The group claims to have connections with the Russian authorities in order to perform dismissals “without any bullying, homophobia or calls to violence”, but still enforcing the “gay propaganda to minors ban law”.
The group says that the names of six teachers were reported within the first 24 hours of their post.
And now the witch hunt, gay progroms have begun in earnest. It is Germany circa 1934 all over again. Not just about LGBT issues but about xenophobia and economic concentration amongst the party elites.
Did they learn nothing from the past?