- Posted December 5, 2013 by
Kansas City, Missouri
This iReport is part of an assignment:
2013: Your greatest moment
Love knows no boundaries
I've been traveling extensively in this past year. If there's one lesson I've learned, it's the fact that many of the limitations and boundaries I used to assume or accept exist only in my head.
In India, we're not supposed to take pictures of women, but I found a group of peasants who were delighted to see their own beauty. North Korea citizens are not "allowed" to interact with foreigners. Yet, we found Korean venders willing to sell us popsicles.
By the time I arrived in Russia, a gay nightclub in Moscow was attacked by gun shooting and poison gas. I was not in a sightseeing mood. Do I respect different cultures? Yes, but only the good ones. The bad ones I tolerate.
Vladimir Putin is pushing to outlaw promotion of equal rights. The Russian Lower Parliament has already passed Article 6.21, stigmatizing the LGBT communities by banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations".
Despite Tilda Swinton's inspiring act of defiance back in July, protests are strictly forbidden in Russia. Waving a rainbow flag would get me beaten up by the police, and then beaten up again in jail.
So instead, I wore all my colors on my sleeves. Love knows no boundaries and will always find its way!
Growing up without a single positive gay role model, I'd hate to see another generation suffering in silence. Solidarity with the Russian people! #loveislove #LGBT