President Vladimir Putin signed the law prohibiting the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” on June 31. Individuals who violate the law can face fines up to 5,000 roubles (118€), while officials risk paying 10 times that amount. Foreigners who will try to promote gay rights against the law will be arrested and immediately deported.
From this aspect, life for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) is becoming
extremely difficult in Russia, if not even impossible nowadays. The number of suicides among
LGBT can considerably increase, and in general, living in the society will
become more dangerous through intolerant citizens. Vladimir Lukin,
Russian anti-gay preconceptions
Recent poll by the independent
Before the law was implemented the situation
around LGBT rights in Russia was also not very peaceful. Gay people were very
often attacked by homophobes and in general homophobia was the motive for some
cruel murders in
When the lawmakers were preparing to
pass a bill banning homosexual "propaganda" on the 11th of
June, about 20
gay-rights activists were arrested after holding a "kissing protest"
outside the parliament building. Gay activists were surrounded also by a
much-larger group of antigay protesters who chanted "
Publishing about gay people and the Russian public opinion in comparison with European trends
Popular Russian magazine “Afisha”, which covers city events, entertainment in the biggest Russian cities, devoted the great part of its March issue №339 to the stories about gay people. The whole front page of the magazine was, at the same time, covered by a rainbow. In this special edition, the readers could find 27 stories about gay people with different social status, from the plumbing specialist to the chief editor. An interesting survey taken in Moscow, revealing people’s opinion about gay people was also published on these pages.
Sometimes it seems that there is no acceptance at all for gay rights among Russians. Indeed, in comparison with other European countries, there is even much less support to them. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, only 16 percent of Russians consider that the society should accept homosexuality, comparing to the 88 percent in Spain, 87 percent in Germany, 77 and 76 percent in France and Britain and only 42 percent in Poland.
Although it may seem an unsuitable time for
Anti-gay law in Russia is the most disputable issue mostly only from outside of the country, since the majority of Russians are eager to support it. According to the recent survey by the state-run Vtsiom polling center, 88% of respondents said they agree with the ban. The most surprising thing connected with the law banning gay propaganda in Russia is the support and admiration of it amongst some US conservatives. The president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, Peter LaBarbera, said on his website: “Russians do not want to follow America’s reckless and decadent promotion of gender confusion, sexual perversion, and anti-biblical ideologies to youth”.