RUSSIA: Putin’s Ruling Party Mocks White House With “Heterosexual Pride” Flag

Russia has officially gone Manif Pour Tous. Via the Moscow Times:

Russia’s ruling political party has designed a “heterosexual flag” to honor traditional family values, the Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday. Copies of the flag, which feature the outlines of a man and a woman holding hands with three children, were shown to Izvestia by Andrei Lisovenko, deputy head of the United Russia branch in Moscow. The flags also come printed with the Russian-language hashtag “A Real Family.”

According to Lisovenko, the flag will have its official unveiling at Moscow’s Sokolniki park later Wednesday, where hundreds of people will gather for a United Russia rally in honor of the Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, which the country celebrates annually on July 8. United Russia’s decision to unveil a “heterosexual flag” comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in late June, when the White House was lit up in the colors of the rainbow flag traditionally associated with the LGBT community.

“This is our response to same-sex marriage, to this mockery of the concept of the family. We have to warn against gay-fever at home and support traditional values in our country,” Lisovenko was quoted as saying by Izvestia. The Day of Family, Love and Fidelity is a relatively new celebration in Russia, having only been introduced in 2008. In honor of the holiday, divorces have been banned for the day in four Russian regions — Tula, Amur, Kaluga and Kurban — the news site reported.

Founded only in 2001, United Russia presently holds over half of the seats in the Duma and the vast majority of the seats in Russian’s regional legislatures. Putin served as its chairman from 2007 to 2012 when he assumed the presidency. (Via Towleroad)

  • SeppiChicago

    That’s two lesbians – the one on the right just keeps it short and simple.

  • JT

    Thank you for depicting a transgender family with children.

    • parachihuahua

      Exactly! And it could be the kids who are transgender!

  • crewman

    I hope you’re watching tea party Christians who are fed up with this country. Russia has to be looking better and better. I hear real estate is quite affordable….

    • HadenoughBS

      I’m just counting the hours until the homophobic Christianist rednecks start parading with this flag in front of the GOPer-controlled capitol building down in Austin, Texas. I’m sure all the Rethuglican presidential candidates will be supportive of Putin’s f**k you to the Kenyan Socialist usurper in the White House.

  • Guest

    I see no reason why heterosexuals shouldn’t be proud of their families, just as we in the LGBT community are proud of our families. There is plenty of room in our society to celebrate successful families of all types.

    • Toasterlad

      But clearly not in Russian society.

      • Hmm, *sniffsniff* .. I smell a fake in the “guest” post. I’ve heard this wording before. Or, ‘guest’ is really clueless to the obvious.

    • Chris

      But why is there a need for heterosexual families to state their pride? No one shames heterosexual families, tries to tear them apart, or deny them of their rights. This is no less hateful or stupid than ‘White Pride’.

      Also, same-sex families are not going to be included in this. Instead they’re going to be excluded and demonized. Hence the ‘A Real Family’ tagline.

      This comment, and your use of ‘LGBT’ (conservatives new favorite acronym, that for some reason they seem very proud to have learned) makes me a little suspicious of this comment.

    • Mawm

      Does everyone get a prize now?

    • Wynter Marie Starr

      I’m proud of my straight family. Here’s the difference, guest. No one is trying to make my family feel second class. No one is calling me or my husband pedophiles. No one is calling us abominations. No one is trying to take away our rights. No one refused my husband and I a marriage license. We have been married no matter what state we were in since we got married. We didn’t have to wait to get married. We didn’t need to spend extra money to get the rights we obtained once we got married. If one of us dies, the other one’s family can’t take the things we’ve worked for together. No one is calling to kidnap our children. I can walk into any church in this country if I weren’t an atheist and be welcome. I can walk into any restaurant with my husband and my family and be served without rude comments or notes or requests not to return. Ditto for bakeries and florists. No hospital will keep me from my husband’s side and no doctor will refuse to treat my children become I’m “living in sin.” The list is pretty endless. We live in a hetero-normative world and anyone thinks we need a flag to remind us of that is an idiot.

      • Six Pins Delores

        BOOM! Wynter Marie Starr drops mic. 🙂

  • MarkOH

    And, sadly, Russia has learned that it is better to vilify a portion of your population to muster support while ignoring real problems. I mean, it worked for the Nazi’s in Germany.

    • bambinoitaliano

      I’m sure the Russians living in poverty are so angry at the gays when theIr stomachs are growling for food.

  • 2karmanot

    Russia is the Uncle Fester of second world nations.

    • pch1013

      Russia is Uganda with nukes.

  • Gustav2

    The Russian government would love it if heterosexual couples were having 3 kids. They were treading way below replacement.

    • Todd20036

      People can’t there. They’ve drunk themselves into sterility

    • Stev84

      The birth rate isn’t really their main problem. The low life expectancy is. Men in particular are literally drinking themselves to death in huge numbers. Emmigration is also high.

    • bambinoitaliano

      China is just along the border. I’m sure the Russians will have plenty to choose from.

  • They’re just using us to distract away from their legislative and social failures at home and abroad. Oldest trick in the book. Identify a scapegoat, characterize it as external and THEM, not US, blame everything on THEM.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Hmmm, sounds familiar.

      • PLAINTOM

        More currently, The Bush Presidency.

        • Six Pins Delores

          He’s probably at his queer buddies place N*ggers Head using water color to elaborately paint landscape. Lets forget about W for the moment. 🙂

          • Necessitas

            I think W is painting weeping clowns on black velvet now.

  • Phaius

    I wonder what shitty “This is my family and spawn” decal set they ripped off for that design. Is that font the Comic Sans of Cyrillic?

  • Chris

    I wonder if this will cause American conservatives to go back to worshiping Putin, or have they learned their rather embarrassing lesson from last time? Probably not. Tyranny and illegal invasions can be overlooked if you cater to their most obsessed over specifics. Expect to soon begin hearing what a “real leader” Putin is.

    Oddly, these are the same people who constantly scream about how they love America and freedom, and will use these things as wedge issues, but yet they have no problem worshiping an anti-American tyrant.

    • teedofftaxpayer

      Naw won’t stop them. Plus they love it when someone starts a war. They just have to figure out a way so that Haliburton can profit off from it.

  • Jim in MN

    Real families don’t nurture dictators like Russia’s Donald Trump minus the hair piece.

  • D. J.

    Isn’t the flag missing sixteen kids and a bottle of hand sanitizer?

  • bkmn

    Banning divorce for one whole day, how bold.

  • Notice how mommy has to keep the little girl far away from pedophile daddy and molester brothers. This typical for fundie christian families, right? Seems so, lately.

    • Paula

      Duggaring Duggars!!

      • oikos


        • Duggarova

          Duggarova, and ova and ova again.

          • JCF


  • Laugh assholes, we’ll still be here when your lights go out and your poor begin another october revolution.

  • ZhyKitty

    This seems appropriate to post again…

  • another_steve

    A toast to that hero of the Radical Left — Edward Snowden — who has fled the horrid dictatorial nightmare that is the United States of America and taken refuge in that sanctuary of respect for privacy and civil liberties, Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

    (So I ask ya, gentle JMG readers… Can ya make this shit up?)

    • BobSF_94117

      Well, I’m sure he’d rather be in Geneva, but it’s not like one can trust the U.S. govt to respect the laws of Western democracies.

  • vorpal

    Every time I see Cyrillic writing now, I think two things:

    1. “Oh, probably Russian trash spouting homophobic nonsense. Let me run that through Google translate. Yup.”

    2. “Toys ‘Я Us morons.”

    I am not sorry. Out of the Russians I have met online and in person, well over half of them have been miserable fuckwads.

    • D. J.

      The rich ones sure seem to like coastal areas of other countries better than living in their motherland.

      • The rich ones are a vulgar cancer eating away at the world’s greatest cities. London is a disgusting Chucky Cheese for oligarchs now.

      • Soren456

        The rich ones are Beverly Hillbillies, without the modesty or charm

      • Six Pins Delores

        They like Cape Cod.

      • vorpal

        Haha! We have a married Russian couple living on the compound in Chile, and they are known to be the most nasty people there. Most of the other residents have tried to be nice to them and had their efforts met with cold indifference!

        The other day, I was leaving the pool when I passed by the wife. I gave her a friendly wave, and she immediately looked away like she hadn’t seen me. So to drive the point of her unfriendliness home, I began to wave with both hands and grin hugely like I was simultaneously having a seizure and a stroke. She was doing her very best NOT to look at me but it was pretty damn near impossible.

        I was amused.

        • Six Pins Delores

          Don’t waste your time. I was familiar with a Russian mathmagician who blew his brains out in the bathroom shortly after his insane woman naturally departed.

        • Mawm

          One of my employees is from Russia. She is really awesome. I was telling her about when I used to live in West Hollywood in my 20s. There was a Russian grocery store near my apartment, but I didn’t like going there because they seemed to shut up when I’d come in, and I always thought they were giving me dirty looks. I had chalked it up to gay hate, but she said, no, it had nothing to do with me. She said that’s how Russians are to everyone.

        • People4Humanity

          As long as you were amused,
          my dahlink ~ that is all
          that matters!

          • vorpal

            For some bizarre reason, I first read that as “my dalek” in my hazy state, and my first thought was, “Haha I do exterminate myself!”

  • RossPDX

    I thought traditional Russian families looked more like this:

    • Six Pins Delores

      DYKE Dyke dyke dykeushka baby dyke

      • JCF

        …only in my dreams.

  • Mawm

    The flag looks like it was designed by a Junior High Student.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Where is that artist who make the dildos and buttplug flag?

      • Six Pins Delores

        The Middle East?

  • Six Pins Delores

    Made In China

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      sans doute.

  • Doug105

    Ya, really missing the point.

  • JTC

    Domestic violence is much more dangerous to a family, Russia.

  • Mawm

    Russia, still trying to catch up by walking backwards

    • Six Pins Delores

      Yes. And when Russia falls it will be on it’s glorious backside.

  • United Russia Is exactly like Belusconi’s Forza Italia. The whole thing will just collapse into disarray when Putin eventually dies or is decapitated by some egregious scandal or failure that they can’t hush up or spin away.

  • j.martindale
  • Tor

    A design like that is not going to catch on.

  • oikos

    There’s nothing like the wholesome values of a corrupt Oligarchy run by a repressive elite who used to work for the former corrupt oligarchy that repressed its citizens. Russia is such a traditional land of values.

  • Todd20036

    And this is why the tea baggers love Putin, even if they give the devil’s eye to communism

    • Six Pins Delores

      The United States and others continue to turn that eye.

  • Jeff

    And this is what you get when you refuse to use gay graphics designers.

  • Capritaur


  • Sam_Handwich

    yeah, Vlad, that will put food on the tables of your impoverished citizens.

    Putin-Era Prosperity Fades as More Russians Slip Into Poverty

    • oikos

      This will make Putin even more dangerous and warlike.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Propaganda is the only food source the Russians is given. Putin has endless supply of it.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Capitalism breeds racism, homophobia and misogyny – here and in the RF.

  • NOMbies should pay attention to this! At last, a nation that shares *your* “values.”

    Perhaps Putin might want to erect a “Statue of Heterosexuality” in St. Petersburg, to greet the boatloads of American Christianists as they arrive.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Illmore Island?

    • Queequeg

      Can we help them pack?

  • KnownDonorDad

    Nothing says good system of government like a thuggish oligarchy-kleptocracy.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Kristianity at it’s core.

  • Hey, Joey…..

    That is kind of creepy, though not entirely surprising, especially in light of the fact that both Putin and many of the leaders of MPT are suspected of being and are rumored to be pedophiles.

    • Tor

      No one has said they are not!

  • Mark

    They really hate us.

  • 2karmanot

    Looks like a uni-sex toilet marker.

  • Gyeo

    Memo Russian ultra-nationalists: gay marriage didn’t make any of the other countries that have it collapse, why do you think it will do the same to the U.S.?

  • KnownDonorDad

    This reminds me of putting “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency in response to communism, primarily just a way for one side to make a statement against the other, without much substance behind it, yet with potentially far-reaching effects.

    • And indeed making In God We Trust the national motto of the United States, displacing E pluribus unum.

  • Harlan92

    I can see why we’re making fun of this, but I can’t help but feel terrible for the poor kids in Russia who are starting to realize that they’re attracted to the same sex, and what their lives will be like.

    I hope we start getting increasingly global in our advocacy.

  • Michael

    We could have a lot of fun with this flag!

    • Todd Allis

      Looks like they already are on Twitter! #Настоящаясемья

  • Todd Allis

    Some interesting responses on Twitter to #Настоящаясемья including the obvious same-sex parent versions:

  • Cuberly

    Why the hell are they holding back. Since they’re still experiencing a steady decline in population why aren’t they mandating a minimum of 3 children per family.

    They’ve already begun to make divorce more difficult but their divorce numbers are still among the worst.

    I guess a powder blue “flag” and a “rally” will have to suffice. Hope they flask-up with their government subsidized vodka beforehand though. That’s gonna be one boring-ass “rally”.

    • Six Pins Delores

      It’s so cute when fascists are mislead into murdering their own off spring. Baby Putin,

  • BaddogLtd

    Fixed it Russia. You’re welcome. My bill’s in the mail.

    • Jeff D

      Wow. And at the same time, you’ve created a replacement for the Rebel flag. Nice job!

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      The swastikas are a bit subtle, but are clearly visible when you enlarge the pic. Even you can’t perform miracles with the shitty raw (and I mean raw) materials you had to work with.

      The caption is brilliant.

      • BaddogLtd

        Thanks Claude : )

    • TreGibbs

      Fucking Nailed It.

  • ryan charisma

    Obviously the child on the right is gay – look at those “jazz hands”

  • bambinoitaliano

    Because these men feel so sacred about the sanctity of marriage, they actually go home and made passionate love to their wives instead of sleeping around with other women or fabbing to internet porn. None of these loud mouths live remotely close enough to honour the marriage commitment. No men who hang on to chauvinistic view of women could sustain a relationship let alone a one on one lifetime partnering. Homophobia is just an extension of sexism. Hypocrisy run high on these douchbags.

  • Jeff D

    A design so ugly and bland that only a straight, narrow-minded bigot could come up with it.

  • Michael Rush

    in russia , flag mocks traditional family values .

  • StraightSupporter

    So, is this the sexual orientation version of the confederate flag?

  • ChadSF

    Dear Russia, take care of and clean up your OWN hot mess of a political household before you go out there pointing fingers at others. And by the way, things may not always be great here but we (just) made our union a little more perfect. #dropmic

  • Queequeg

    I’m certain that this will be applauded by freedom loving American patriots like the Republican Presidential candidates and Tea Baggers everywhere.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Actually, the flag was directly lifted from the French Manif pour Tous*

    * sauf ceux qu’on n’aime pas.

  • Bonobo

    Two moms and three children.

  • BobSF_94117

    Mom, Dad, son, daughter, and extra son for cannon fodder.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    I’m surprised it doesn’t show Putin riding his horse shirtless, but then again that backward legislator was trying to ban people with out shirts.

  • JCF

    On the upside: any American homophobes using “One Man/One Woman” type graphics, can now be accused of being agents of Putin’s Russia.

  • Ginger Snap

    Poor Russia being led into failure again by the hands of hate.

  • TreGibbs

    Well, that’s a hateful sentiment.

  • uhhuhh

    Were’s the part where Putin crushes them if they speak?

  • JB

    Oh Russia… so much to mock, so little time.

  • Straight Russian graphic design on display. Ugly, amateur and anodyne.

  • Jafafa Hots

    The two “parents” look practically pre-pubescent… maybe 14 at the oldest. I think this was designed for Russia by US evangelicals.

  • Ken

    Is that Josh Duggar on that flag?

  • Ramona Love

    does anyone care what Russia does?

  • Happy Dance

    Oh, that witty Putin! So original!