A bill which would outlaw gay
propaganda has been introduced in Russia's lower house of parliament,
The measure reportedly is modeled after
a law which took effect earlier this month in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg's law criminalizes
“public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism,
bisexuality and transgenderism among minors.”
Offenders face a fine of up to $16,500
under the law, effectively outlawing Gay Pride parades and gay rights
Polina Savchenko, director of the St.
Petersburg-based gay rights group Coming Out, said the new law would
make it illegal to mention the sexuality of famous gay Russians.
“This radical law undermines the
great legacy of our city's past and future. If it passes, it would
be illegal to mention that famed Russian composer of the 1812
Overture, St. Petersburg native Tchaikovksy, was gay,” said
Savchenko. “This law installs a culture of censorship in what was
once Russia's most cosmopolitan city and is a huge blow to the
freedom of expression in Russia. At a time when people all over the
world are opening up and coming out, this law puts Russia back in the
Supporters introduced the legislation
to the State Duma on Thursday.
threatened with fine if she violates St. Petersburg anti-gay law.)