Russia announces plan to extend ‘gay propaganda’ law to adults in chilling crackdown

Ah the republicans are salivating over this.   They dream of going this far.   We all knew this was coming in Russia where they are basically making being LGBTQ+ illegal.     Just existing as a gay person will be against the laws.     That is the end results of the don’t say gay bills.  It has been a long time goal of the religious right to return the culture to the past where only white Christian cis males have right.  I can not believe in a time where around the world the smaller right wing countries are opening up and recognizing gay rights as human rights two of the largest countries are hurting backwards and establishing theocracies.   Notice the wording describing just showing gay people exist as propaganda and promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships.   All to make seem gay people were trying to molest, groom, teach sex to kids.   The current laws states anything LGBTQ+ can not be seen by minors and that means anywhere from online, TV / movies, public spaces, cars, anywhere a minor might be able to see it.    Now they want to extend that to basically anywhere anyone could see it.    The entire country is off limits to display or show anything positive about LGBTQ+ yet the hate groups can still attack those people freely.   They are trying to make being non heterosexual and non cis illegal and open for attack.   The law maker even bragged that attempt to legalize same sex marriage is a thing of the past.    That is what the right salivates to happen here.   In Russia when they tried democracy LGBTQ+ acceptance was becoming very supported by the public.   Laws were being changed to be more accepting.  Then the religious leaders went to Putin and offered to back him, install him as the countries leader if he gave them what they wanted.    He agreed and the rest is history.   It is a history being repeated in the US.  Why does the right wing media love Russia / Putin?   Why does Fox hosts praise authoritarians worldwide especially Putin?   Because these leaders / countries are hurting the same groups they hate, giving their church official status in the government / laws.  Please help us defeat these people and these red state hate laws.     Hugs

Gay rights activists march in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg May 1, 2013.

Gay rights activists march in Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg May 1, 2013. (OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP via Getty)

Russia lawmakers have proposed extending the country’s existing “gay propaganda” law to include people of all ages later this year. 

The existing legislation was signed by Vladimir Putin in 2013 and banned any “promotion” of “non-traditional sexual relationships” among minors. Anyone found guilty under the law can be sentenced to heavy fines or imprisonment.

The hateful measure has been used to clamp down on LGBTQ+ advocatesprevent kids from accessing inclusive literature and stop minors from watching LGBTQ-themed content on streaming platforms.

 

But Alexander Khinshtein, chairman of the State Duma’s information committee, said the 2013 law for minors is now “insufficient”, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. He said lawmakers would consider pushing the legislation further to ban depictions of the LGBTQ+ community for “audiences of all ages” in the media and online.

“We propose to fully extend the ban on that sort of propaganda among audiences of all ages (offline, media outlets, the Internet, social media, as well as in cinema theaters),” Khinshtein wrote on Telegram.

Under the proposed changes, any event or act seen as an attempt to promote the LGBTQ+ community could incur a fine, Reuters reported. 

Khinshtein said his committee will consider the proposed amendments and even imposing stricter punishments for any violations of the so-called “gay propaganda law” when they are back in session in the fall.

A demonstrator holds a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin with make-up.
A demonstrator holds a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin with make-up. (GERARD JULIEN/AFP via Getty)
 

Russia’s parliamentary speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said the country would be banning the promotion of “non-traditional value” since it broke ties with the Council of Europe, the continent’s foremost human rights watchdog.

“Demands to legalise same-sex marriages in Russia are a thing of the past,” Volodin said. “Attempts to impose alien values on our society have failed.”

Russia withdrew from the Council of Europe in March in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

 

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