News Brief - Russia Poised to Outlaw "Coming Out"

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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.

News Brief Russia Poised to Outlaw Coming OutIf 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.”

Communist lawmaker Ivan Nikitchuk told Izvestia, the Russian paper, “I believe that the problem we have raised is one of the most pressing and topical issues as it addresses the social ills of our society and deals with the moral education of the next generation.  In the biological sense, not reproducing is the same as death, and in that sense homosexuality is a lethal threat for the whole of humankind.”

Since Putin signed the nationwide ban on so-called propaganda in July 2013, LGBT people in Russia have faced increasingly violent repression.  Openly LGBT people have been arrested, social networking groups for LGBT youth have been shut down, and the country’s few remaining gay and lesbian bars have been raided.  The LGBT community in Russia has been all but destroyed, and this proposed shall only further this travesty.

News Brief Russia Poised to Outlaw Coming Out