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"HOMOPHOBIA IN RUSSIA"
LGBT's in Russia are facing legal and social discrimination, harassment and violent attacks. Furthermore a new law was adopted in June 2013 banning all 'propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.'
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is becoming more and more difficult in Russia as sexual minorities are facing legal and social discrimination, harassment and even violent ‘hate crime’ attacks from religious and neo-nazi groups.
In June 2013, Russia’s homophobia moved from the streets into the country’s legislation as the State Duma unanimously adopted an anti-gay law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations", effectively making it illegal to hold any gay pride events, speak in defense of gay rights, or say that gay relationships are equal to heterosexual relationships.
Kiriee Fedorov, age 21, is bleeding from his face after national-conservative extremists have surrounded, beaten and kicked on him and and his friends attending a Gay Pride Rally in St. Petersburg.
The group of friends try to stick close together and seek cover behind the police, as stones and eggs that are being thrown at them. The rally was declared illegal under the law banning 'gay propaganda' and Kiriee Fedorov and the other LGBT-activists were all later arrested and presented to court.
On 30 June 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law an ambiguous bill banning the 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors'. The so-called anti-gay law has been met with widespread condemnation from human rights and LGBT groups.