A draft law is currently in the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly which would impose penalties for “public activities to promote sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transsexuality,” according to Human Rights Watch.
The draft law has already been heard twice by the assembly, and each time it was passed. If the draft law is passed again at the third hearing, it will become law.
According to HRW, those promoting the bill claim it is to protect minors from LGBT “propaganda.” Individuals found responsible would face fines up to 5,000 rubles (US$160), and organizations would face fines up to 50,000 rubles (US$1,600). The bill’s language is so vague and broad that it could lead to a ban on displaying a rainbow flag or wearing a T-shirt with a gay-friendly logo or even on LGBT-themed rallies in the city.”
The article continued, “the bill would introduce two amendments to the St. Petersburg Law on Administrative Offenses. In addition to the amendment banning LBGT “propaganda,” the bill would ban propaganda promoting pedophilia.”
A similar law has already been in the Russian region of Kostroma.
The passing of this bill would mean serious infringement on the LGBT community’s freedom of expression, which is exemplified since the law is so vague.
International human rights laws enumerate many rights given to each human simply for being human, among them being freedom from expression and freedom from discrimination. Both are being violated here.
Also, there must be another agenda here if the assembly is trying to equate pedophilia and being LGBT. They are two separate and very distinct things with nothing in common what so ever. Being LGBT is a normal aspect of life and should be accepted everywhere. Whereas, being a pedophile, which is when adults like prepubescent children, is not consensual and not accepted anywhere.