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Vladimir Putin Just Made It Illegal To Tell Kids Gay People Exist

by David Badash on June 30, 2013

in International,News,Politics

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Editor’s note: Since this article was first published, much has happened. See all our reports about Vladimir Putin and his war on gay people, and how Putin’s anti-gay laws are impacting the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (image, top right) today has just signed a draconian “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, making the “promotion” of “homosexual propaganda” to minors illegal. The bill, which the Russian legislature passed on June 11 in a unanimous 434-0 vote and again June 26, literally now makes it illegal to tell children gay people exist, or that homosexuality is equal to heterosexuality, and provides for fines, jail time, and immediate deportation for those who violate the law. Putin’s signing of the bill into law comes just one day after police allowed anti-gay mobs to violently attack LGBT people and their supporters at a gay pride rally in St. Petersburg.

“I want everyone to understand that in Russia there are no infringements on sexual minorities’ rights,” Putin, who just divorced his wife of 30 years in favor of a mistress, reportedly a 30-year old Russian gymnast, claimed upon signing the bill. “They’re people, just like everyone else, and they enjoy full rights and freedoms.” Which, of course, is a false.

“The federal amendments expanded on a law that protects children from pornography and other ‘harmful information,” acording to Bloomberg News. “The bill prohibits the distribution of information intended to promote or spread ‘non-traditional sexual orientations’ among minors, or a ‘distorted conception of the equivalence between traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships.’”

The bill also prohibits the “obtrusive spreading of information about non-traditional sexual relationships that may arouse interest in such relationships.”

“Putin, who returned to the Kremlin for a third term as president last year, said in April that same-sex marriages don’t produce children and that Russia and Europe face demographic challenges from lower birth rates, though it’s his duty to protect the rights of people with ‘non-traditional’ sexual orientations,” Bloomberg News adds:

Putin violated Russia’s international obligations by signing the law, which will be challenged at Russia’s Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights, Nikolai Alexeyev, a Russian gay-rights activist, wrote in a statement on GayRussia.eu.

“By signing the law banning gay propaganda, President Putin may have won a local battle for the votes of his under-educated electorate,” Alexeyev wrote. “He lost the historical battle. History will prove that he committed a mistake that future generations won’t likely forgive.”

Opinion polls have shown limited tolerance among Russians for homosexuality. Last year, Moscow City Court upheld the city’s decision to ban gay-pride parades for the next 100 years.

Dozens of LGBT supporters were arrested in St. Petersburg yesterday after anti-gay protesters violently attacked them at sanctioned gay pride rally which included “violent scuffles between police and anti-gay campaigners,” Russia’s RIA Novosti news reports:

Media reports estimated that several dozens of LGBT activists came to the Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole) in the city’s downtown to rally for gay people’s rights in Russia. The event was attended by some 200 of anti-gay activists urging to ban the rally and throwing eggs at their opponents.

The climate for LGBT people in Russia is growing from bad to worse, and Putin’s new law will only serve to support more anti-LGBT violence and hate crimes.

Images from Saturday’s St. Petersburg, Russia Pride:

 



Image, top by Rusa LGBT via Twitter

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{ 11 comments }

LOrion July 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

….and apparently he doesn't want a DIME of this $$:
Wealth management firm estimates #LGBTs have $800 billion annual spending power in Asia

http://tinyurl.com/otqckfz

hvchronic July 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Ce-le-brate good times! In trying to figure out how I might put in my two cents on the demise of DOMA, I think I may have inadvertently stumbled onto the perfect wedding song for a couple of love-struck dudes. It's a little rough-and-tumble, but it's got a great dance beat. You can even play it in Russia without fear of reprisal. Check it out!
http://biffthuringer.bandcamp.com/track/i-know-yo

aversas July 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm

The future of America?

brandiyoga August 9, 2013 at 5:35 pm

yes let's sprinkle some fairy dust to wipe away all the gays…ya that'll happen moron. Ugh. talk about taking a thousands steps back in evolution.

sometimeswan August 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

And this is how it started with the Nazis. For shame, Russia! I think that the US should openly offer asylum to all persecuted LGBTQ individuals.

ARegularMom August 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

This is disgusting! What thr he double hockey sticks is going on??!!! Gays have been around since the beginning of time. These people need to go soak their beads until clear and unbiased thoughts are in their heads. I will never be a tourist in their country until this is changed. No, I am not gay, but I do support gay rigbts!!!!!

zensco August 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Although I don't agree with the violence I do agree that children should not be subjected to the gay and lesbian lifestyle! I wish America was more like other countries when it comes to this issue. There is something mentally wrong with people who are gay and it doesn't matter how nice or intelligent they may be..it's wrong! I don't want my children having it thrown in their faces everywhere you turn and strongly believe there wouldn't be as many of these confused young people if they weren't subjected to it on a daily basis. There's a reason the anatomy doesn't fit…because it's WRONG!!!! I don't care what people do behind closed doors..get as sick as you want but keep it away from our children!

gutstringable January 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Agreed zensco and I do still love my "gay" friends though.

Kay001x May 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

Your comment is so ignorant. Did you know straight people raise babies who turn out gay and gay people raise babies who turn out straight? You are basically saying keep love away from children. Gays don't influence anyone to be gay and straights don't influence anyone to be straight. It does not work that way, period. People will grow up and fall in love with whoever they fall in love with. People don't force themselves to be in love with someone.

greenocool September 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I have nothing against homosexuals and the LGBT community! I don't understand what's the big problem with it all? People are just very disrespectful and I don't feel like it's right. Everyone on this planet is a person by birth. Everyone deserves equal rights. We don't look on the inside… the person might be homosexual, but that doesn't make him less a person than a ''normal'' fellow!
I don't get the point of Mr. Putin here! I thought that atleast the world leaders agreed that there everyone should be equal, but I guess not now. This is just disturbing and unbelievable at the same time!

Shame on Vladimir Putin and all the people associacted with this decision. What more can I say? Are these people harming anyone by doing the protests? No. They're being harmed for doing it since it is illegal. Why did these protests occure in the first place? They want equal rights and they deserve them if you ask me! Who can blame them for being homosexual? No one – should be the answer! Where is this heading? Couldn't there just be a law about ignoring these people or not mentioning them? Why need there be violence (once again)?!

camotim December 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Vladimir Vladimirovich is the leader of the Free World. He does not like terrorists or perverts.

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