Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Recently in the news Russia has been brought up because of the anti-gay laws that have been passed, so I thought I would look into what the laws were and how it affects the citizens of Russia. From what I have read the anti-gay law prohibits the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors." Essentially this means gay rights parades, gay rights organizations, or individuals showing support for gay rights can be fined and shut down. Individuals who have been charged with gay propaganda can be fined between 4,000 and 5,000 rubles (120-150 USD). Groups and government officials can be fined even more if supporting the 'gay propaganda'. Even if you're not a citizen of Russia you can be fined for 'gay propaganda', and even jailed for it. Since this law has passed a rise in homophobic violence has occurred, meaning the LGBT citizens have quite a bit to fight for their equality.

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