so i am a queer russian yes hello i am here to tell you in vague emotional details about why fckh8 sending those colouring books is a really bad idea
okay, so, first off: it isn’t going to help anyone. actually this is the biggest reason they shouldn’t send them and should be the only reason. nobody will be helped. when i was in 2nd grade and in russia— the age that most of the kids getting these books will be— i thought “lesbian” was a bad word. so if i saw a whole goddamn colouring book filled with it i’d be pretty concerned and shocked. also, it is ILLEGAL to possess “homosexual propaganda” in russia. it’s ILLEGAL to even SAY THE WORD “gay” at this point. now.
russian jail is not like american jail, okay? you won’t get to watch tv or ask for extra blankets. it’s jail with stone floors and rusty beds and freezing weather and shitty conditions, and nobody wants to go there. people kill themselves rather than go to russian jail.
and possessing homosexual propaganda could definitely get you landed in jail.
the kids and families that receive the books won’t learn anything from it. the parents will be mildly disgusted, the kids will be confused, and then, once they realise what they actually have, they’ll be terrified and will try to get rid of said books. it’s a waste of money on a campaign created to generate as much money as possible.
look, here’s the situation with russia: there is NO way to change the mind of the populace about gay stuff. no way. the whole culture is steeped in various types of intense xenophobia. if the whole fuckin’ population got a fckh8 colouring book, it wouldn’t change anyone’s mind. what needs to happen is that the laws need to be repealed, yes, even against the consent of the people. because the people will simply never change on their own. (there may be ways to change the people; sending colouring books is NOT one of them.) after the laws have been changed, the people will slowly have to follow.
i could talk on and on and on about how russia’s anti-western stance would go off the charts once authorities find out about the books, but i’m really not going to because this post is long enough as it is (i could make a follow-up, though)
in short, fckh8 is a joke and russia is not going to be helped by these fucking books, no matter what fckh8’s activist partners may claim.