Friday, October 25, 2013

Transsexual Woman is Victim of Russian President Putin’s Propaganda Law: 22 Year-Old Dasha Shtern Commits Suicide After Being Fired, Disowned by Family, Thrown Out of Home, Abandoned by Society & Dehumanized by Government Following New Pro-Hate Decree

22 year-old Dasha Shtern (pictured) took her life after Russia's pro-hate law took everything from her

A successful 22 year-old young woman Dasha Shtern had a promising future. She had a great job working for a central Russian municipality, had just been approved for a mortgage and car loan. She has an accepting family.
And then everything began to change. President Vladmir Putin decreed an “anti-propaganda” law which persecutes those perceived to LGBT or different.

Since this hatred inciting law passed Dasha’s life  went from hopefulness and security to destitution and desperation

Her once accepting family disowned her following law
They then threw her out of her home

She was also fired from her job because her supervisors feared they may be in violation of Putin’s ‘anti-be-yourself-law’

Since she was then unemployed she was unable to pay home mortgage and car loan

With a bigoted government that had provoked all she held dear to vanish such as her family and career, as well as the means to have a roof over her head, this woman fell into a state of hopelessness that too many of my sisters know too often. Tragically, Dasha felt the only way out was suicide.
On October 19th,the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, Russian activists remembered Dasha  in Moscow’s Red Square


The action was held on Red Square in Moscow 19 October 2013: the activists gathered on the square in memory of transgender girl Dasha Shtern, who had committed suicide in Ekaterinburg, The organizers said, that originally the event was planned outside the building of the Plenipotentiary representative of the Sverdlovsk region in Moscow, but the character and scale of the tragedy led them to the walls of the Kremlin. The activists lit the candles and laid the flowers to the portrait of Dasha Stern near Kremlin.
As top-lawyer and human rights defender Masha Bast said, Dasha Stern is the first victim of Vladimir Putin’s “Anti-gay Law”: as Dasha Shtern’s friends reported, she lost work as a municipal employee after signing of the law, she lost the opportunity to repay the hypothecation, the relatives abandoned her.

As Masha Bast stressed, Vladimir Putin had created the system where there is no place for transgender, there is no place for dissidents. Masha Bast considers, that Dasha Shtern is the victim of the indifference of the Russian society.

MORE INFORMATION on Russia’s growing tide of transphobia, homophobia, bigotry and hate:’s Sunnivie Brydym reported this week:
“This summer, Russian president Putin signed into law a pair of draconian anti-LGBT laws — the so-called gay propaganda ban and another law that forbids openly gay people from adopting Russian children, while also forbidding single people from nations with marriage equality from adopting one of Russia's estimated 600,000 parentless kids.

The Russian parliament is also set to consider a bill that would remove children from their gay and lesbian parents, claiming that homosexuality is tantamount to child abuse, alcoholism, and drug use. The conservative deputy who proposed that law has withdrawn it for the moment but promised he will reintroduce the legislation after some revisions to the bill's language.”


Richard Vieira wrote on
"The International Olympic Committee scheduled the 2014 Olympic Games in the Russian city of Sochi, yet there is much controversy surrounding these events after the emergence of [anti-LGBT laws]…Such fanatical actions require external pressure, and there are many actors involved in this international drama. Aside from the host country, the IOC and participating countries all possess political leverage in regards to the Olympic Games. Perhaps the IOC can persuade Russian lawmakers to retract their homophobic laws in order to foster a fair, competitive and equal environment? …Because the Russian legislature seems incapable of producing thoughts that conflict with its sinister KGB shepherd, the responsibility rests on individual nations. The United States should set an example and boycott the 2014 Olympics and encourage other countries and the IOC to put a moratorium on all Olympic sporting events scheduled in Russia…For instance, the 1936 Olympics were held in Berlin, Germany, which was then under Nazi leadership. Hitler, who wanted to persuade the international community that Germany was an ideal host — sounds familiar — lightened the anti-Semitic rhetoric and had any anti-Semitic propaganda hidden, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website. According to the same source, many Jews were banned from sporting clubs and many Roma were rounded up and arrested in preparation for the games. The sporting events were, at the time, widely viewed as a success for the Nazi propaganda machine. Likewise, American participation in the Russian Olympics would only heighten Russia’s publicity and give an unofficial stamp of approval to its policies. The same can be said of large American multinational corporations — such as Coca-Cola and McDonald’s — who will, in essence, be sponsoring an anti-LGBT environment. If the Obama administration wants to take on an idealistic world view and project liberal democratic principles onto others, then it must lead by example and not send Americans into a hostile environment in exchange for gold medals."

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Actor Harvey Fierstein explains why we must place financial pressure on Russia:

“There’s only one way to change somebody like Putin and that’s in the pocketbook. You can’t get him with angry words. He feeds on that and his followers feed on that. You make the West angry, they’re thrilled. You can’t get them that way. You can’t get them through a U.N. sanction: ‘Oh boy, the U.S. is mad at me. I’m shaking all the f–k over.’ There’s only one way and that’s in the pocketbook. You hurt them in the pocketbook, they shut the f–k up and back the f–k down. … [A]ny country that puts money into Russia, and that’s what doing the Olympics is, [is guilty].” (Fierstein told The Hollywood Reporter)

“Mr. Putin’s campaign…is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain taken straight from the Nazi playbook. Can we allow this war against human rights to go unanswered? …In May a young gay man was murdered…beaten, his body violated with beer bottles, his clothing set on fire, his head crushed with a rock. This is most likely just the beginning. In 1936 the world attended the Olympics in Germany. Few participants said a word about Hitler’s campaign against the Jews. Supporters of that decision point proudly to the triumph of Jesse Owens, while I point with dread to the Holocaust and world war. There is a price for tolerating intolerance.” (Fierstein told New York Times)

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