Other comrades with access to newspapers and the like will probably know more about this than I do. But this morning, by chance, I happened to catch the end of a film clip on CNN about the awful life of gays in Russia, and their appalling persecution. A couple with partially shaved heads, shaved in a manner to cause cruel ridicule and embarrassment, not just for them but for anyone still human enough to understand what they were seeing, were shown being forced to dance together for the cameras and to the amusement of their mocking torturers. The scene was immediately reminiscent of other such films one has seen of the Jews being mocked and persecuted in Nazi Germany, in the early thirties before the Holocaust really got going. People forced to climb trees and imitate bird calls for the amusement of mainly non-Jewish observers, for example, was merely the prelude to more atrocious and grossly inhuman things to come. Later on, as things got going, Gays were torn apart by starving dogs in Nazi prison camps to the supposed amusement of guards and horror of other "perverts," gypsies and the like, forced to watch the entertainment. This was not on the scale of the later attempts by the Nazis at Jewish annihilation of course, only an indicator of what the future held.
So what is the future for people in a Russian regime apparently just longing to follow the Nazi example? Gays go first: but who goes next? Non- whites; political dissenters; communist minorities; or even the Jewish people again? That this is starting to happen in a country which parented the first try at a proletarian revolution, with its promise of a release for the whole of humanity from the filthy behaviour towards any other person deigned to be "different" and thus "undesirable" by pathologically insane bourgeois rulers with unlimited power, only makes it seem worse. But then the Nazis also fed on the carcass of the revolution did they not? Russia is merely catching up late in the day.
The bourgeoisie presents itself today in the West as the great champion of gay liberation; and bestows the privileged entry of now acceptable gays into the deadly arms of a tolerant and forgiving capitalism, and even capitalism's churches - as long as you don't have sex! But don't be altogether fooled! Gay hatred is still alive and kicking and you don't have to go to Uganda to find it. There's probably some in your local neighbourhood pub.
The Western bourgeoisie is able now to "cash in" on its love of gays by using its new found tolerance as a means to bash Russia and raise a storm about the Winter Olympics shortly to be held there. What'll happen to queers who make their presence felt at this auspicious event, they disingenuously enquire? Will they be publicly humiliated; have their heads shaved into absurdity? Or will they along with many others, just fall victim to terrorist bombings, as those still longing for national liberation from the Russian bear make their nauseous bourgeois presence felt in competition with homophobists, racists, child abusers, gangsters, oligarchs and all the other trash thrown up by decaying capitalism world wide?