News Brief - Russia Poised to Outlaw "Coming Out"
Only two years after Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a nationwide ban on “gay propaganda,” conservative lawmakers are considering making that law even more restrictive for LGBT people. The amendment calls for additional fines and jail time for those who “dare” to come out in public.
The new bill is being drafted as an amendment to Russia’s infamous ban on “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations,” which currently imposes fines and censure for any person or agency making pro-LGBT statements in any venue that could be accessible to minors.
If the amendment is signed into law, anyone who publicly declares a “’non-traditional sexual orientation’ could be fined 5,000 roubles ($80 USD) for ‘demonstrating [their] own expressed sexual preferences in public places,” as reported by Newsweek Europe. Furthermore, if one were to make such a declaration in a school, “cultural establishment,” or government building he/she could be sentenced to 15 days in jail. Newsweek went on to report that two members of the Communist Party introduced the bill as a way to regulate Russian morality, claiming that the countries ban on alleged gay propaganda is “insufficient.”