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East-West gap in gay rights?

Posted on the February 2nd, 2010

In Russia and post-communist countries, tolerance for gay rights is much lower than in the West, according to a short piece last week at Transitions Online (“Not So Happy and Gay” Jan 29, 2010).

The article goes on to explore why this might be so. Excerpt:

Anyone old enough to have lived through the civil rights movement in the United States or the advent of feminism or even more recent leaps forward, such as legalization of civil partnerships for same-sex couples, likely believes that even the last dominoes of resistance in places like Moscow will fall eventually.

And they likely will, but how long will it take and why does this East-West split on this issue persist, like some muggles-wizards culture clash?

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