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Russia Proposes Expanding LGBTQ+ 'Propaganda' Ban

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Reuters. The Duma is one of the houses of Russia’s national legislative body.The current law, adopted in 2013, bans dissemination of information about LGBTQ+ identities and issues in venues accessible to minors.

The law particularly targets anything that portrays same-sex relationships as equal to different-sex ones. Violators of the law can be fined, and the statute has been used to ban Pride events and punish LGBTQ+ activists.

It has also contributed to a generally anti-LGBTQ+ atmosphere and been blamed for hate crimes.Russia’s homophobia and transphobia have drawn widespread international condemnation.

But legislators said they felt free to expand the “propaganda” law now that the nation has left the Council of Europe, a human rights body.

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