Briefing: Moscow Gay Pride

Background briefing by Nikolai Alekseev, Organiser of Moscow Gay Pride

“Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov routinely breaches Russia’s constitution and laws, and the European Convention, by depriving gay people of their right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

“The real reason behind the ban of the first ever Moscow Gay Pride, held in May 2006, is not because the Mayor is concerned for the security of the participants, as he claims. The ban is motivated by his deep-rooted hatred toward homosexual people.

“Recently the Moscow Mayor said that ‘gay parades are nothing else but satanic’ and promised to ban this year’s Moscow Gay Pride march, scheduled for May, 27.

“The legal case against the ban of the first gay pride in the Russian capital is now pending before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Due to the length of the procedures, the decision will not be handed down before the Moscow Gay Pride march this year.

“Mr. Luzhkov frequently uses insulting statements against homosexual people in his speeches. He uses every possible vile argument to discredit the LGBT movement and incite hatred towards LGBT people.

“In May last year, the homophobic hysteria of the Moscow Mayor led to massive violations of the rights of homosexual people in Russia. He gave a carte blanche to fascists, ultra-nationalists and religious extremists to attack gay people without fear of being punished.

Whatever the stance of the Moscow Mayor, we are going ahead with plans for a second Moscow Gay Pride on 27 May,” concluded Mr Alekseev.

OutRage!’s proposals for calling off the Stop Murder Music campaign

With regard to lyrics and public statements encouraging homophobic violence by Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Capleton, Elephant Man, Sizzla, TOK, and Vybz Kartel, we are prepared to call off the campaign against these eight reggae singers if they each:

  1. Make a public statement which specifically mentions that they are apologising to the lesbian and gay community, and which also explicitly states that they are apologising for encouraging and glorifying homophobic violence. Given that their lyrics specifically incite violence against lesbians and gays, a non-specific apology deploring violence in general would not be acceptable.
  2. Affirm their support for the human rights of all people, including lesbians and gays.
  3. Undertake to stop performing songs inciting homophobic violence, or re-releasing them, or licensing them; or recording any similar songs, or making any future public statements threatening or promoting violence against the gay community.
  4. The apology must be a matter of public record. In other words, it should be from their own mouths in a national TV, radio or newspaper interview in the UK.

The reason for asking this of each of the eight singers is as follows:

A decade ago, in response to our protests then, Buju Banton’s record company put out a statement in his name apologising for Boom Bye Bye. But a few weeks later, once the pressure was off, after the concerts had gone ahead and the deals had been signed, Buju Banton denounced his own record company for issuing the apology and denied that he had ever apologised. Boome Bye Bye is still being sold and Banton is still profiting from it. It was reissued on his Greatest Hits album. He continues to perform it, most recently at a concert in Negril, Jamaica on 8 August 2004.

More recently, on 22 August at the Red Stripe Summer Sizzle concert in Jamaica, Beenie Man publicly denied his recent apology and to prove it he performed several of his anti-gay tracks. That is why a simple statement issued in a singer’s name is not acceptable. We have been tricked before. We will not be tricked again.

By asking for this form of apology we are not seeking to humiliate the singers. There is no shame in standing up for human rights and speaking out against homophobic violence. Indeed, there is a long record of black liberation heroes supporting the struggle for gay freedom, including Huey Newton of the Black Panthers, Angela Davis, Coretta Scott King, Jesse Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Present Thabo Mbeki.

We believe that if the eight singers support the human rights of all people, including lesbians and gays, it will win them international public respect and will propel their careers forward. They will gain the admiration and acceptance of a wider global audience and the door will open to them to fulfill their potential to be major international music stars.

OutRage!’s chief concern is to help remedy the violence and persecution suffered by lesbian and gay Jamaicans, which this murder music encourages and reinforces. If these singers are willing to speak out against homophobic hate-crimes, we will call off the campaign and be first in line to wish them a successful career.

Dancehall Dossier

This is a PDF of the Dancehall Dossier published by OutRage! in February 2004. It contains fact sheets on eight dancehall artists: Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Capleton, Elephant Man, Sizzla, TOK, and Vybz Kartel.

Dancehall Dossier – FULL

Extracts from Eminem’s Lyrics

Courtesy of GLAAD

From “Kill You”

You faggots keep eggin me on
til I have you at knifepoint, then you beg me to stop?
SHUT UP! Give me your hands and feet
I said SHUT UP when I’m talkin to you

From “Who Knew”

You want me to fix up lyrics while the President gets his dick sucked?
{*ewwww*} Fuck that, take drugs, rape sluts
Make fun of gay clubs, men who wear make-up

From “Skit: Steve Berman”

Steve: Tower Records told me to shove this record up my ass! Do you know
what it feels like to be told to have a record shoved up your ass?
Eminem: But, I-

Steve: I’m gonna lose my fuckin’ job over this. You know why Dre’s record
was so successful? He’s rappin’ about big-screen tv’s, blunts, 40’s and
bitches. You’re rappin’ about homosexuals and Vicadin.

From “The Real Slim Shady”

But if we can hump dead animals and antelopes
then there’s no reason that a man and another man can’t elope
{*EWWW!*} But if you feel like I feel, I got the antidote
Women wave your pantyhose, sing the chorus and it goes

From “Remember Me?”
(guest artist Sticky Fingaz)

I’m the illest nigga ever, I told you
I get more pussy than them dyke bitches total
Want beef, nigga?…

Sick sick dreams of picnic scenes, two kids, sixteen,
With M-16’s and ten clips each
And them shits reach through 6 kids each
And Slim gets blamed in Bill Clint’s speech to fix these streets?
FUCK THAT! {thhbbpp} you faggots can vanish to volcanic ash
And re-appear in hell with a can of gas, AND a match

From “I’m Back”

With Ken Kaniff who just finds the men edible
It’s Ken Kaniff, on the internet
Trying to, lure your kids, wit him into bed
It’s a sick world we live in these days

From “Marshall Mathers”

New Kids on the Block, sucked a lot of dick
Boy/girl groups make me sick
And I can’t wait ’til I catch all you faggots in public
I’ma love it.. (hahaha)
Plus I was put here to put fear in faggots who spray Faygo Root Beer
and call themselves “Clowns” cause they look queer
Faggot2Dope and Silent Gay
Claimin’ Detroit, when y’all live twenty miles away (fuckin punks)
And I don’t wrestle, I’ll knock you fuckin faggots the fuck out
Ask ’em about the club they was at when they snuck out
after they ducked out the back when they saw us and bugged out
(AHHH!) Ducked down and got paintballs shot at they truck, blaow!
Look at y’all runnin your mouth again
when you ain’t seen a fuckin Mile Road, South of 10
And I don’t need help, from D-12, to beat up two females
in make-up, who may try to scratch me with Lee Nails
“Slim Anus,” you damn right, Slim Anus
I don’t get fucked in mine like you two little flaming faggots!
It doesn’t matter you {*edited*} faggot!
Talkin about I fabricated my past
He’s just aggravated I won’t ejaculate in his ass (Uhh!)

From “Amityville”
(guest artist Bizarre)

I fucked my cousin in his asshole, slit my mother’s throat
{*AHHHHHHHH!*} Guess who Slim Shady just signed to Interscope?
My little sister’s birthday, she’ll remember me
for a gift I had ten of my boys take her virginity
And bitches know me as a horny ass freak
Their mother wasn’t raped, I ate her pussy while she was ‘sleep
Pissy-drunk, throwin up in the urinal (YOU FUCKIN HOMO!)
That’s what I said at my dad’s funeral

From “Bitch Please II”

So when you see me, dressin up like a nerd on TV
or heard the CD usin the fag word so freely
it’s just me being me, here want me to tone it down?
{*LOWER pitch*} “Suck my fuckin dick, you faggot”
You happy now? Look here

From “Under The Influence”
(guest artist Dirty Harry)

Stranglin’ rappers to the point they can’t yell
Cuz they crew is full of fags and sweeter than bake sales

From “Criminal”

My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge
That’ll stab you in the head
whether you’re a fag or lez
Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest
Pants or dress – hate fags? The answer’s “yes”
Homophobic? Nah, you’re just heterophobic
Starin at my jeans, watchin my genitals bulgin (Ooh!)
That’s my motherfuckin balls, you’d better let go of em
They belong in my scrotum, you’ll never get hold of em
Hey, it’s me, Versace
Whoops, somebody shot me!
And I was just checkin the mail
Get it? Checkin the ‘male’?
How many records you expectin to sell
after your second LP sends you directly to jail?
C’mon!– Relax guy, I like gay men
Right, Ken? Give me an amen (AAA-men!)

From “The Kids”

Mr. Shady will be your new substitute
while Mr. Kaniff is out with pneumonia (HE’S GOT AIDS!)
Good luck Mr. Shady.