Opinion

Russian lawmaker says gays should Be 'cured'. Her colleague recommends her to get 'cured' herself.

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Dmitry RebrovAIDS.CENTER

Earlier on, the head of the State Duma’s Family, Women and Children Committee, Tamara Pletneva, has suggested that gay people should be "cured" of their homosexuality. That statement was made during her interview with Vladimir Pozner, which aired on the main Russian federal channel (Channel One). She also stated that it is women’s fault that they get sexually harassed by men and that baby-boxes go against "our primary moral principles".

”Everyone can have their own opinion. However, I couldn't even imagine how much mine can differ from Tamara’s (the parliament member who made the statement): the overall view, the values, the view on humans’ nature and the humans’ relationships” stated the parliament member and ex TV-presenter, Oksana Pushkina, when asked by a reporter from AIDS.CENTER to make a comment regarding her colleague's statement. 

”At the same time, my colleague is the head of the committee which deals with important family issues at such demographically troubling times. We have ”a childhood decade” ahead but at the same time, the lawmaking in this area is coordinated by a person, in my opinion, with very outdated views” noted the parliament member in its conversation with our team. Later on, she posted this comment as a post on Facebook.

"I am a straight woman, but I do oppose the following judgments, views and assumptions from both moral and theoretical side of things. Making such a statement in the 21st century is just obscene.”

”Firstly, Tamara Pletneva declared the citizens of our country, who's sexual preferences do not confine with so-called ”norms” and who, at the same time, have the exact same rights, as ill and mentally/morally disturbed. I am a straight woman, but I do oppose the following judgments, views, and assumptions from both moral and theoretical side of things. Making such a statement in the 21st century is just obscene.”

”When it comes to sexual harassment, I’d want to say that it destroys the careers of many women, breaks, demolishes and devalues them. This view is more likely to be heard from a degrading alcoholic or a rapist, who is trying to redeem himself. However, it is absurd to hear such words from a lawmaker, who deals with issues regarding family, women and our children.

The same concern arises when it comes to her opinion on baby-boxes. They have saved roughly 200 lives in Russia so far. These children are now healthy and almost all of them have been adopted. If that hasn't been the case, we could’ve found them in trash containers.

With all regards to Tamara’s age and experience, I am puzzled by her ignorance, misunderstanding of the topic and mere unwillingness to get better expertise of it. After that statement, it may seem as though she is concerned by everything but the problems related to family, women, and children. And this is very upsetting.

She cannot even imagine how much she damages people and the Russian image in the eyes of other countries."

Oksana Pushkina is a parliament member and a member of the board of trustees of AIDS.CENTR. Tamara Pletneva is a member of the communist party in Russian parliament and is also Central  Committee member of a communist party since 2008.

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