Saturday, April 28, 2012

It Doesn’t Get Better in Russia: Gay Teen Sent Into Rehab for Coming Out


A Russian teen was sent to a drug clinic by his "irate traditionalist" father after he told him that he was gay, the Russian newspaper Ria Novostireported.

Ivan Kharchenko, who lives Moscow, publically came out of the closet when he turned 16 earlier this year. His father placed the teen in rehab for 12 days before friends and supporters broke him out the facility. 

One of his backers was the Russian human rights activist, Dmitry Aleshkovsky.
Kharchenko’s classmates were not surprised by the boy’s announcement, the newspaper points out, but his family was crushed. His grandmother tricked the teen into seeing a "witch" who failed to "exorcize the spirit of homosexuality" out of him.  Full story here!

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