Russia’s LGBT community and their so-called ‘Human Rights’

I’m currently in the process of making a short 10 minute radio documentary on the lack of Human Rights for the LGBT community in Russia. I’ve been researching the subject for the past week, and some of the things I’ve read are absolutely horrific. (I’ll get to them later!) I mean, come on, Russia wake up and smell the 21st century for crying out loud.

Now, my message isn’t to bring controversy or anything along the lines of it, my message is simple; Love is Love, Love is All. Having watched about 100 videos into LGBT petitioners in Russia, they are only asking for one thing; Equality and Dignity. WHY are human beings still preventing other human beings from those simple privileges. This is reality people. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the UK have it so lucky here; and I couldn’t be happier about it, but I’ll never understand how homophobic ‘logic’ works elsewhere in this world.

Now, I’m making my documentary as the Winter Olympics are vastly approaching, they’re being held in Sochi in Russia. Now someone who has took a stand, and a political stand is Mayor Wendy Flynn of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire here in the UK. She has stated she will not travel to Sochi (Sochi is a twin town of Cheltenham, and there’s a possibility of an invitation for her to travel. FULL ARTICLE: due to her views on human rights issues. She mentions that ‘Russia does not give people a voice.’ The Mayor could not have worded this more perfectly.

The introduction of the law banning gay ‘propaganda’ where people can be FINED for ‘spreading homosexual information’ onto 18 year olds. Not only is this now a law, but the rising amount of attacks on LGBT people is alarming. The attackers are often ‘shaven headed young men often wearing Nazi insignia.’ HELLOOOOOOOOO. Does anybody else not see what’s going on? This is human cruelty, where people will beat up and humiliate someone for their sexual orientation. My friend Charlie ( CHECK HER OUT) could not have put it more perfectly; It’s simply genitalia that makes the difference. But why does that give anyone the right to do such things as lure a young gay man of 18, into thinking he was meeting another gay man, and then to shave his head, try to force him to have intercourse with a cat, perform oral sex onto inanimate objects, whilst being filmed, with his soul slowly being battered and beaten. The humiliation, the pain these people must go through.

How is it any different such as racism? Sexism? There is no difference. So how is this still continuing? HOW IS IT EVEN A LAW? This year has been awesome for the LGBT community in other parts of the world; Gay marriage is legal in many different parts of the world, such as here in the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, France, South Africa, New Zealand, not to mention countless others. Where in Russia, you couldn’t even say ‘Gay is OK’ without being called a criminal. You couldn’t have a child with your partner. LOVE IS LOVE AND LOVE IS ALL. Whether that child has two mums, two dads, who gives a shit? If those parents love each other, provide a loving home and love their child, WHAT DOES IT MATTER? ‘Oh, yeah but then there’s a problem that the child could be gay?’ Why is that a problem? At the end of the day, in life, it is our right to reproduce, it is our right to hold our child in our arms, to love that child with our whole beings.

As a race, we have beaten slavery, we have beaten racism, we’re on our way to fully beating sexism, we’ve beaten Hitler, we’ve fought wars. We overcame all that. So how is homophobic attacks still happening? LOVE IS ALL. I cant say anything more than that.

If people think they’re a good person by beating up people because of their sexuality, then people really need to re-evaluate what type of person they are. (Charlie again!)

People need to open their eyes, and smell the homophobia in the world. And help support those who need it; for love, equality and dignity. DO IT FOR THE GAYS! Not because they’re ‘fabulous’, because they are human beings. Do we not all deserve the same rights? The rights to have a baby? The rights to get married to the one they love? The rights to walk down the street hand in hand with their loved one? The rights to not be ashamed of who they are?





I cannot express how much ‘think before you speak’ is relevant to everybody. And I mean everybody. Whether you’re a Government PM, a revolutionist or even a young child writing some idiotic ‘status’ on your so-called ‘opinion’.

This post was inspired by something I had seen posted on my Facebook timeline, where this person expressed her ‘opinion’ on people’s weight. And I quote;

‘if you’re above a size 12 you need to get a grip sort yourself out’ excuse the awful grammar…

at the end of the day your FAT and only have YOURSELF to blame…’ MY GOD. THE GRAMMAR IS KILLING ME TYPING THIS.

This post is not an attack on this individual, it is simply an example of the amount of people who do not think before they speak. I saw this status earlier today; and within 2 hours, there appeared to be a vast amount of people commenting on this ‘status’. 81 to be precise…

If you going to express your views, ALWAYS think and evaluate before you publicise it. Even if it is on Facebook. If it’s controversial/racist/sexist you’re going to hurt someone even if you didn’t mean to. Example; the Facebook status above may have insulted mothers, mothers who have a curvy beautiful body, giving life from those beautiful bodies, who struggle to lose weight because they are constantly looking after their beautiful children. It may have insulted people with health issues, a middle aged man, who had always taken hair of himself, maybe struggling with a bad thyroid problem. Some people just have big bones. Some people eat cake BECAUSE THEY FUCKING WANT TO.

People may be ‘fat’ BUT is there any reason for people to point that out? To tell them that they need to be a size 8-10 so it’s deemed more ‘natural and healthy’ (another quote from that status may I add) is no right of anyone’s. It’s none of your business to complain about other people’s appearances, because how would YOU like it if someone called you names, and told YOU to PUT ON WEIGHT. If you’re unhappy with people’s appearances and their so called ‘fat’ then that’s your problem. Get a grip on reality and realise everybody’s different, even in weight and body size and shapes. Because clearly you didn’t think before you spoke; people realised how much of a small minded person you could be.

Now I am a size 12. I’m 20 years old, 5ft 5, probably weigh about 11 stone, (I don’t tend to bother with ‘weight’) I have boobs and an arse. I like to drink with my friends, I smoke my roll ups, I walk a lot, and I eat relatively healthy (apart from the occasional pizza/chocolate/cookies/bacon sandwiches/ducks in pancakes/fuck loads of Mexican food and so on.) But I’m happy with my appearance. I did go through a time where I had very low self esteem, and I know the pain people suffer, where they hate what they see in the mirror. Where you have to do so many retakes of photos where your arms or chin looks ‘ok.’ Where you don’t want to leave the house because ‘nothing looks right.’ People with low self esteem do not to hear your ‘opinions’ on size 16 people. Nor should you ‘need’ to voice them.

The moral of this post, is NOT to voice your views or opinions. I am all for free speech. I adore free speech. BUT, all I am asking, is that you THINK before you SPEAK. People will not only respect you more, but they will actually listen to you…

Procrastination? Or are you making up excuses?

Being in my second year at university, the whole assignment/essays/’God, once this is over I’m going to get sooooooooo wasted’ workload has come a lot easier. I now know to get my assignments done as soon as possible, so I have more free time, rather than sitting on Buzzfeed or ASOS, or watching cat videos over and over again, leaving me one week to produce/interview/edit/mix a shed load of audio into a tiny 10 minute documentary. The stress is not worth it. The all nighters and stress eating is not worth it. Having that feeling of pure relief and excitement of freedom to get ‘absolutely sloshed’? TOTALLY WORTH IT.

However, it’s not all about doing assignments and rewarding yourself with some rip off watered down Vodka in some ridiculously cheap club, that you cant help but love because you know you’re a student, and the floor always welcomes you when you fall/pass out or vomit that watered down Vodka. It’s about actually doing well in your course. For most people at university, the mentality of students is to get a really top grade from their degree and get a really top notch job when you return home and into your new life. For myself; university is the beginning of my new life. Shit is real now, whether I like it or not.

Throughout my second year, considering it’s only been almost 3 months into this year, a lot of things have gone into motion within my career. For one, the second year blues have definitely kicked in… ( IT’S TOTALLY TRUE) so this year is all about preparing myself for the next part in my life. I have 3 assignments to complete within the next few weeks; a 10 minute documentary on Everyday Sexism ‘What age does catcalling stop at?’, a 1 hour live show about the love story of Beyoncé and Jay Z (no judgements please!) and also to start up my blog!

However, as much as I am getting my work into motion, it pains me when I see people who are still constantly sitting around doing nothing, not realising the consequences of their actions. And the worst pain, THE WORST; is when people sit and complain about how much work they have to do and how little time they have. You cant make excuses anymore. I’ve stopped making excuses, and have learnt how to differentiate and prioritise my time. This is not a post criticising students, it’s simply advice, from one ‘ex-procrastinator’ to those still stuck in those ‘cat videos/ASOS/BuzzFeed’ distraction/addiction phase.

So for my first piece of advice:

  1. Prioritise your time. You can get drunk as much as you want once your assignment is done.
  2. Grab some sense of reality. Watch Jeremy Kyle; do you really want to end up like one of those middle aged, toothless, benefit reliant slobs? Or do you want to do what you’ve always dreamed of doing? Do you want to do what you’re paying thousands of pounds (and will end up in debt when your degree is over) and become the success you know you want?
  3. Find a starting point. The hardest part of completing an assignment/work task is finding a place to start; whether you just need to get up earlier, plan things in advance, if you’re really stuck, you wont even realise how many people will give you help and advice, just ask your tutors, family and friends.
  4. Find a place to work harder than you’ve ever imagined. If you know you work better and more efficiently at your university campus, head to the library. If there’s a particular class room that gets your gears in movement, go there when there’s no class occupying it. If you work better alone in your room, go, put some music on, and put your big hungover thinking cap on. But DO NOT try to work in environment that is full of distractions; whether it be a TV on in the living room/in your own room where you know your Xbox is just whispering to you ‘come on Siobhan, just play me! Complete GTA 5 and you’ll be so happy’ NO XBOX. I have work to do. YOU CAN WAIT.
  5. Stop making excuses for yourself. If you know you have work to do, just get on with it. Stop blaming other things or in some cases even PEOPLE for your own ‘procrastination.’ ‘I cant do my work because my friends are going out to get drunk and I kinda have to go, and I know I wont get any work done anyway…‘ I’m sorry to be frank, but you’re not only bullshitting to me and whoever, but more importantly yourself. You can do work if your friends are going out having fun, because you NEED to do your work in order to achieve your goal. YOU can go get drunk when your work is finished, because you will have earned it. AND your friends, I’m sure will be more than merry to get drunk WITH YOU.

As much as my tips seem kind of harsh in a way, if you do procrastinate, you’ll never know the relief you have of when your work is over and completed, and you can do all your favourite things as much as you want. You wont need to stay up all night working on something that’s meant to be handed in within the next 6 hours. Trust me, from one Buzzfeed addict and procrastination junkie to many others out there. Just get on with it.