Political leaders in St. Petersburg, led by President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin are about to vote on law that prohibits ‘propoganda’ of homosexuality and makes it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian or transgender.
Apparently ‘the fines start at the equivalent of £20 for individual comments and up to £1,000 for organisations that ‘promote LGBT’ culture and issues.’
You don’t need to be a lawyer to see that this is a horrific violation of human rights: freedom of expression and a right to family life. Russia is the signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, yet again politicians choose to ignore it.
As a Russian, I find it hugely embarrassing.
There is a serious problem with discrimination of gay people in Russia as it is. When I was at school, teachers often made really nasty jokes about gay culture so if anyone would be too scared to come out. Even gay grown-ups live in fear of being beaten up and abused.
For girls who are bi-sexual it is a bit easier because it is seen as sexy but anything more ‘extreme’ is considered out of order and something to be ashamed of.
This is without a doubt a leap to re-criminalisation of homosexuality (which only became legal 18 years ago).
Please join the campaign against this http://www.allout.org/en/actions/russia_silenced/taf
We mustn’t let this ‘bill to silence millions’ to pass.