Thursday, 17 November 2011 18:08

St Petersburg's Legislators Welcomed Gay "Propaganda" Laws

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I wrote a few day ago about gay "propaganda" laws in St Petersburg. These laws have just been approved by the legislators.

No Gay Prides or all other gay events in the city, no campaigns to fight against discriminations for example, the topic will never be approached in the schools too, if they definitively pass.

Of course, LGBT activists reacted saying these laws could be a bad image for the next elections and threatened to file a lawsuit in the European court of the human rights. But a senior local lawmaker said the main flaw of the bill was that it was not harsh enough according to the Moscow Times.

The bill passed by a vote of 37-1 in a first reading. There still remain 2 readings but considering the first results, I do not see how that would not pass.

"The rising popularity of sexual deviations influences our children in a negative way," said the bill's author, Vitaly Milonov, a United Russia deputy, reported.

Another deputy, Yelena Babich of the Liberal Democrat Party, denounced even the rainbow-colored decorations that covered St. Petersburg during its City Day celebrations in May as gay propaganda.

Although the legislation only prohibits the "promotion" of a LGBT lifestyle, it amounts to blanket bans on expressing nontraditional sexuality in any public form because it is next to impossible to prevent minors from being exposed to it, Ogonyok magazine wrote last summer about the then-upcoming Arkhangelsk ban.