“Family is a man and a woman and children”: Russian Embassy in Canada posts homophobic tweet

Nov 25 2022, 10:00 pm

The Russian Embassy in Canada posted a homophobic tweet and people are furious.

In a shocking, and seemingly out-of-the-blue proclamation, the embassy tweeted an anti-LGBTQ statement and an image of a Pride flag with the “do not” symbol over it Thursday evening.

“It is all about family. Family is a man and a woman and children,” reads the tweet.

In an email statement to Daily Hive, Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Adrien Blanchard condemned the tweet.

“Once again, Russia chose hateful propaganda. This is absolutely unacceptable and has no place in Canada,” said Blanchard.

“In Canada, we are free to love who we choose. Our government will always fight for the rights of 2SLGBTQI+ communities, here and across the world.”

Although the replies are turned off, Canadians have quote retweeted it with their angry reactions.

“That’s a Tweet by the Russian embassy in Canada. This is unacceptable! We can’t tolerate the intolerant!” said one Twitter user.

The Dignity Network, comprised of 59 Canadian organizations working to advance Canada’s support of global LGBTQ human rights, condemned the embassy.

“Shame on the Russian Embassy to Canada for tweeting this yesterday,” they tweeted.  “Families are people who love each other & come in many forms. And in Canada we accept all kinds of families.”

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress, an organization representing the Ukrainian community in Canada, chimed in, calling on the federal government to expel Russian diplomats.

“Russian embassy in Canada has long engaged in spreading hate,” they tweeted.  “Inexplicably @MelanieJoly and @JustinTrudeau still refuse to expel any Russian diplomats.”

One Twitter user says this does not represent the opinion of all Russians.

“That being said, as an embassy you have no business imposing your discriminatory beliefs in a foreign nation. What’s the point of this?” they said.

Another person is questioning how the embassy was able to post this “hate speech” on Twitter in the first place.

Canada and Russia have had a tense relationship amid the war on Ukraine.

Earlier this year the federal government announced sanctions against Vladimir Putin and his cabinet.

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