Anti-gay Laws Continue To Be Passed In Russia
On Thursday April 26, Russia’s regional legislature in Siberia passed a new bill that bans promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors. Alexander Ilushchenko, supervisor of a regional committee on culture, education, sports, and youth policy, said that it is about various gay parades and their promotion among minors and preventing people who are not related to homosexuality from explaining to their kids what is happening during these events. This bill stipulates fines of up to $16,000 on individuals, and up to $160,000 on organizations promoting homosexuality, causing the U.S. State Department to express concern about the law. The Siberia region is not the first to pass anti-gay laws in Russia. NDTV reports that similarly, on March 17, a law penalizing “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors” came into force in St. Petersburg. This law brought mixed reaction amongst Russia and its citizens. Russia has an anti-gay attitude, which stays strong today. Several other Russian regions have anti-gay laws, including Ryazan, Kostroma and Arkhangelsk.