Number 1 Bigot of the Year Award 2013: Vladimir Putin

31 Dec
Not Gay At All!

Not Gay At All!

Bigot of the Year is always troublesome for me. I confess, I do not enjoy looking at and writing about bigots. It weighs heavy on my heart the plethora of bigots to choose from each year. This year was a particularly difficult choice, for many bigots could have easily taken first spot. I reflect back on some of the more nefarious BWA, such as: Paula Deen, Ted Cruz, and of course (somewhat ironically, given this year’s Hero!) the United States Supreme Court for basically eliminating the 1964 Voter Rights Act.

One figure managed to rise above (or is that sink below?) the rest: this year’s Bigot of the Year Award goes to Vladimir Putin. As the leader of one of the world’s most powerful nations, Putin’s aggressive support for Russia’s new “Gay Propaganda” law makes him one of the worst human rights violators alive today. The climate of violence in which Russian LGBT folk live is horrific. That Putin would enshrine this bigotry into law and then defend it as a necessary step is unconscionable. As usual, people who are so focused on the LGBT community and so actively violent against our community make me wonder what their own issues/struggles are around being gay.

Putin’s actions are a direct lift from the Nazi playbook, demonizing an unpopular minority to bolster his political standing. Each day he is in office is served on the backs of millions of LGBT Russians. Insisting that he will enforce these evil laws even for visiting diplomats and athletes as his nation hosts the Winter Olympics is vile icing on his cake of hate.

Here’s to French President Hollande for refusing to attend the games and to President Obama for sending an openly gay delegation. We must stand in solidarity with our Russian brothers and sisters and refuse to bow to this ghastly oppression.

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20 Responses to “Number 1 Bigot of the Year Award 2013: Vladimir Putin”

  1. prideinmadness December 31, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    I’m nervous for the Olympics…

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 31, 2013 at 9:32 am #

      Yes, I am very anxious and nervous for all of the LGBT community and our allies during the Olympics. Thank you for always being such a strong ally! Happy New year to you!

  2. Elizabeth Brett December 31, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    He has codified a hate crime as law, bolstered by support from the Russian Orthodox church, much as Hitler curried the support of the Catholic church in his time. Despicable!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 31, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      Liz, sadly you are spot on with our Vladimir. Let us hope the people of Russia are able to revolt!

  3. Central Oregon Coast NOW December 31, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  4. Jueseppi B. December 31, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 31, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      Jueseppi, thank you for reblogging this article. Happy New Year to you and yours!

      • Jueseppi B. December 31, 2013 at 10:53 am #

        Great article, have a happy joyous safe prosperous New 2014.

  5. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez December 31, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    With so many homegrown bigots, I was wondering if you needed to look abroad… I’m kidding. Putin is a good choice. Kudos, I would not have thought of him.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 31, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      Jackie, yes, I was surprised at how many nominations Putin received with so many bigots at our disposal here. Let us hope for a better 2014 where we will have more heroes than bigots. Happy New Year to you!

  6. Jennifer Carey December 31, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Putin brings his bigotry to a whole new level. He is in control of one of the wealthiest, largest, and most powerful nations in the world. So he not only spews bigotry and hatred, but he can torture and imprison individuals in conjunction with his hate speech as well as lend legitimacy to other smaller countries that do the same (Egypt, Libya, etc).
    Shame on the IOC for legitimizing his human rights crimes by allowing the Olympics to continue in Russia and labeling these violations as “political”. At the same time, kudos to many brave individual athletes as well as other world leaders that are out and proud and/or standing with their LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 31, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      Jennifer, yes there are so many levels of abuse of power from Putin. He may very well become the next “Uncle Joe” (Stalin) of Russia. Yes, the IOC has blood on its hands and not for the first time. Thank you for always being such a strong ally and standing in solidarity with those of us in the LGBTQ community. Happy New Year, my friend.

  7. tombreyfogle December 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    These laws are very serious. Foreigners who are gay or even “pro-gay” can be put in jail for up to 14 days.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

      Tom, thank you for your comment here. More evidence of why Putin earned Bigot of the Year and what a horrible abuse of power he displays.

  8. Dr. Rex January 4, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    So agree!!! Award .. well deserved!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Thank you for reblogging this, Dr. Rex. What a horrible legacy he is carving out. He really is the new Joe Stalin of the 21st century!

  9. Dr. Rex January 4, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    On another note: This is just for fun …. Hope you will accept!!
    http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/brand-new-blog-award-not-featured-on-freshly-pressed/

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