Even in this unpredictable US election year, it is not often that right-wing, evangelical Americans can find common cause with a committed socialist and a former KGB agent. But in the name of preservation of the heterosexual family and traditional gender identity, it appears they can.
This May, the World Congress of Families (WCF) came to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to brainstorm ways of preventing what they see as a global slide toward a gender-confused, demographically challenged dystopia.
The WCF, which gathers supporters from Russia and around the world, blames liberal views on gender and sexuality for supposedly eroding the “natural family” and birth rates. “The new view… is that the purpose of sexuality is individual fulfillment and individual pleasure, not the children,” said Allan Carlson, co-founder of the Illinois-based WCF.
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Giorgi Lomsadze is a freelance journalist and a frequent contributor to EurasiaNet.org's Tamada Tales blog. Nikoloz Bezhanishvili is a freelance filmmaker. Nino Gogua is a documentary director at CineMark. All are based in Tbilisi.