In another shocking attack on LGBT rights, the Russian parliament are on the verge of banning all public displays of affections between gay people.
The controversial legislation is set to be voted on in the Duma this week and would mean kissing or even holding hands could lead to a fine or a two-week jail sentence.
Sadly, this is just the latest disgraceful law to be considered by Russia on LGBT rights. Back in 2013, they passed a law which banned ‘gay propaganda’, as they believed public speeches or demo’s which equates gay relationships to straight ones would ‘influence children’.
Despite President Vladimir Putin recently claiming he condemns homophobia, he still wants to target ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ as he believes it corrupts Russia’s morality and society.
Speaking to Russian newspaper Izvestia in November, Communist party MP Ivan Nikitchuk said: “Homosexuality is a huge threat to every normal person, which can affect children or grandchildren, and thus interrupt the race”.
But funnily enough he added the new law would not affect women because they believed ‘women are more reasonable’. Nice double standards there.
The Washington Post reports that the proposed law is quite vague in wording, so it’s not guaranteed it will be passed. It also remains unclear whether it’s backed by the government.
It’s so depressing to see Russia going back to the dark ages with their relationship with the LGBT community…