Anti-Gay Capital of Russia

St. Petersburg governor, and a former KGB officer, Georgy Poltavchenko has signed into law the bill banning ‘promotion of non-traditional sexual relations and paedophilia among minors’.

Thus St. Petersburg, a Russian ‘cultural capital’ and home to the famous Mariinsky Theatre, becomes the fourth Russian region which claims to protect the youth by banning ‘public actions aimed at propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderness amongst minors’.

The bill provoked widespread discussion not only in Russia but abroad. The fighters for the rights of sexual minorities believe that the law, under the guise of protecting public morale, will prohibit all public gatherings of homosexuals and restrict access to information about health and support networks for young lesbians or gays.