St. Petersburg, Russia has anti-gay bill

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.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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