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Watch: 2 Russian men held hands in public. People reacted horribly.

Russia is notoriously bad when it comes to gay rights. But when two Russian men decided to hold hands in public to see how people would react, they got some particularly bad — even violent — reactions.

In the video above by ChebuRussiaTV, two men walk down the streets of Moscow while holding hands. People give them weird looks, swear at them, purposely bump into them, and — at the three-minute mark — forcefully push them apart and try to start a fight.

The video is at times very hard to watch. But what's even more unfortunate is that it represents Russians' views of gay people.

Surveys show Russia widely rejects gay rights

In 2013, Russia passed an anti-gay law that banned "homosexual propaganda." The law drew widespread media attention and criticisms from the US, especially as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, neared.

But surveys from the Pew Research Center found that the law actually represents public opinion on gay rights. Nearly three-quarters of Russians in 2013 didn't think homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with 33 percent of the US and anywhere between 11 and 22 percent among many of Russia's developed European peers.

Pew Research Center

So the reactions in the video by ChebuRussiaTV actually demonstrate most of the Russian public's opinion on gay people. It's a good reminder that while the US may now have nationwide marriage equality, many places around the world still downright reject even basic LGBTQ rights.


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