Europe

Moldova might adopt a ‘gay propaganda’ ban after all

Human Rights Watch issued this update on the latest proposal for a Russian-style “gay propaganda” law. HRW urged Moldova, a former Soviet republic, to reject the bill, much as it did in 2013: Moldova: Reject ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Bill to ‘Protect’ Children Would Violate Their Rights (Berlin, June 21, 2016) – The Moldovan parliament should … Continue reading

Asia / Europe

Proposals for new ‘gay propaganda’ laws; Europe worries

The European Parliament is keeping a worried eye on two Central Asian nations’ proposals to adopt Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” laws. The Russian law, enacted in 2013, provides for fines of up to 200,000 rubles (about US $3,000) for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” that appears where the message could reach minors, including online. The law … Continue reading

Europe

How Russian homophobia has changed St. Petersburg

The Los Angeles Times reports: Activists turn tolerant St. Petersburg into homophobic city By Mansur Mirovalev Timur Bulatov calls himself a “homophobic wolf,” and last summer he found his prey. Dr. Dmitry Isaev led a commission of psychiatrists in St. Petersburg that approved hundreds of sex-change operations. To Bulatov, he was “a henchman of LGBT … Continue reading

Europe

Video experiment reveals Russia’s violent homophobia

In a “social experiment” to see whether Russian citizens behave as badly  toward gay men as their reputation suggests, a video cameraman for  ChebuRussiaTV secretly filmed two men walking through Moscow holding hands. The result: Russian passersby went out of their way to insult and assault the pair.  “Leave Russia,” one man shouted. Twice, threatening … Continue reading

Europe

Moscow police shut down LGBT photo exhibits

Police in Moscow continue their harassment of LGBTI activists, allegedly as a means of enforcing the Russian law against positive depictions of homosexuality in the presence of minors, but actually targeting exhibits where minors are excluded.  Below are modestly edited excerpts from Queerussia’s coverage of the police disruption of the “Be Yourself” exhibition: “Be Yourself” … Continue reading

Asia / Europe

Anti-‘gay propaganda’ bill blocked in Kazakhstan

Opponents of human rights for LGBTI people in Kazakhstan suffered a setback last week, as the nation’s Constitutional Council blocked enactment of a Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” bill. The council announced on May 26 that it rejected the bill last week on the grounds that it contained “vague and ambiguous definitions and terms.” Last August, the … Continue reading

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Russian court: Anti-‘gay propaganda’ law is constitutional

Caucasus Equality News reports: Russia’s Constitutional Court [on Sept. 25] ruled that the country’s controversial anti-‘gay propaganda’ law is not against the Russian constitution after an appeal made by three LGBT activists. Nikolai Alexeyev, Dimitri Isakov and Yaroslav Yevutshenko brought the case to the court, claiming that the law, which bans the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ … Continue reading

Europe

Anti-gay Russian lawmaker backs Ukraine rebels

Outspoken anti-gay Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov has accepted a role as  a representative of the breakaway self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reports. Milonov has previously: Threatened the arrest of gay athletes and tourists at the recent Olympic games in Sochi. Sought the arrest of singer Lady Gaga in 2012 for allegedly … Continue reading