Immigrants from across the former Soviet Union took to the streets on June 24 during New York City’s Gay Pride Parade to raise awareness of rights violations that homosexuals face in Russia…[read more]
Additionally RFE/RL correspondent Claire Bigg looks into how a new law in St. Petersburg banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors, is influencing the lives of gay couples. Read: “Being Gay In St. Petersburg Gets Even Harder”
The bill, which equates openly professing homosexuality with promoting pedophilia, sailed through its first reading in the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly by a vote of 37-1.
If the bill passes in its current form, individuals could be fined between 3,000 to 5,000 rubles ($100 to $160) for publicly promoting their homosexuality. Organizations could be fined up to 50,000 rubles ($1,600) for “public activities promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transsexuality.” [READ MORE]