Russian Law Would Pretend Gay People Don’t Exist

According to a Russian bill that passed by a unanimous vote, it would be illegal to tell children that gay people exist or that homosexuality is socially equal to heterosexuality. The bill has passed Russia’s lower house of parliament and now heads to its upper house, where it is expected to pass. President Vladimir Putin supports signing the bill into law.

Don’t worry, Russia! If you pretend things don’t exist, they just disappear on their own!

For Russian citizens, the punishment for breaking this new law will include fines and/or jail time, while foreigners will be arrested and immediately deported. According to the new law, counseling for gay people and teaching teens about safe gay sex will theoretically be illegal. What’s really disconcerting is how vaguely defined “homosexual propaganda” is:

“… [S]preading information aimed at forming non- traditional sexual behaviour among children, suggesting this behaviour is attractive, and making a false statement about the socially equal nature of traditional and non-traditional relationships”

A communist group in southern Russia is arguing that Elton John’s stage outfits should be deemed “homosexual propaganda” because they apparently glamorize the homosexual lifestyle.

Sadly, this type of law is not unique to Russia. Just this March, a “Don’t Say Gay” bill was voted down in Tennessee, which proposed to ban elementary and middle school teachers from teaching sexuality that is not “related to natural human reproduction.” After that bill failed to pass in 2011, supporters did the next logical thing and reintroduced it in 2013 with new, more extreme language. The new bill would require school officials to inform a student’s parents if he or she was suspected of being gay.

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