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Russia unveils 'straight' flag, internet responds

<p>Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party has unveiled a ‘straight flag’ in an effort to counteract the rainbow flag used worldwide as symbol of gay pride and <span class="caps">LGBT</span> rights.</p> <p>It was unveiled on the annual Day of Family, Love and Fidelity.</p> <p>The party says the flag is intended to honour the nuclear family and traditional Russian values.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Putin unveils 'straight flag' to counter <span class="caps">LGBTQI</span> rainbow flag. <a href="http://t.co/ST2lzgr5RT">http://t.co/ST2lzgr5RT</a> (Pic: Instagram dyushakovea) <a href="http://t.co/LdBtSsH9cS">pic.twitter.com/LdBtSsH9cS</a></p>— <span class="caps">SBS</span> News (@SBSNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/SBSNews/status/618952738022359045">July 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The flag which has its own hashtag #realfamily in Russian features a father, a mother and three children. The Deputy leader of the Moscow branch of United Russia Aleksey Lisovenko told <a href="http://izvestia.ru/news/588533">Izvestia</a> newspaper:</p> <p>“This is our answer to same sex marriages, this mockery of the very concept of family. We must prevent gay fever in our country and support traditional values.”</p> <p>Twitter users responded accordingly.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Erk. Russia's Straight Family Pride flag…I mean, statistically speaking one of those kids is probably gay… <a href="http://t.co/mFLmUxp0OZ">pic.twitter.com/mFLmUxp0OZ</a></p>— Chris Jones (@ChrisJonesGeek) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisJonesGeek/status/618860315724390401">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Moscow branch of Putin’s United Russia party creates 'straight pride' flag. <span class="caps">GIVE</span> ME <span class="caps">ALL</span> <span class="caps">FACES</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">ALL</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">PALMS</span> <a href="http://t.co/h2roJeFRAe">pic.twitter.com/h2roJeFRAe</a></p>— Felicity Morse (@FelicityMorse) <a href="https://twitter.com/FelicityMorse/status/618799535872151552">July 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If you merge Russia´s new ´straight´ flag with a rainbow can it represent everybody? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D0%9D%D0%B0%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%8F%D1%89%D0%B0%D1%8FC%D0%B5%D0%BC%D1%8C%D1%8F?src=hash">#НастоящаяCемья</a> <a href="http://t.co/Ew7YKPFPMy">pic.twitter.com/Ew7YKPFPMy</a></p>— euronews (@euronews) <a href="https://twitter.com/euronews/status/619108445023772672">July 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong>Pride symbol controversy</strong></p> <p>In recent weeks the rainbow flag has dominated the internet in the wake of the vote in the US to approve <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/27/us-supreme-court-rules-gay-marriage-is-legal-nationwide/">same-sex marriage</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="606" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wVeWo_4gbAs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>But the ruling also courted controversy online after a photo by an artist depicting the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising with the gay pride symbol circulated on social media.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This photo adaptation is a decade old. Last week, it spawned outrage and a death threat. <a href="https://t.co/aCXyqYBuzB">https://t.co/aCXyqYBuzB</a> <a href="http://t.co/cNsnpy1OGK">pic.twitter.com/cNsnpy1OGK</a></p>— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanLamothe/status/616278319206674432">July 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The photo which was taken more than a decade ago was re-published on social media following the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. It spawned a backlash against artist Ed Freeman and even a death threat.</p> <p>In another incident which grabbed the internet’s attention, a 7-year-old girl confronted a hate preacher at an Ohio festival with a pro-<span class="caps">LGBT</span> flag.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align="center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The moment a little girl bravely showed defiance in the face of hatred <a href="http://t.co/dltZXKw89V">http://t.co/dltZXKw89V</a> <a href="http://t.co/yFrzQ32cxa">pic.twitter.com/yFrzQ32cxa</a></p>— The Independent (@Independent) <a href="https://twitter.com/Independent/status/617284380852101120">July 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>