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Jun 12 2013

Elton John’s stage outfits

Russia has unanimously passed a law against “gay propaganda” (as the Independent translates it).

The Indy reported yesterday, before the law passed:

A number of regions have already adopted a similar law, and now MPs from President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party want to implement a nationwide ban on “gay propaganda”.

The law defines the rather nebulous concept as “spreading 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”.

Fines for breaking the law will be up to £100 for individuals, £1,000 for officials, and £20,000 for organisations. Already there have been doubts about how to define propaganda, with a group of Communists in southern Russia complaining that Elton John’s stage outfits should be considered “homosexual propaganda”.

That’s right. Make sure everyone continues to be taught that it’s dirty and disgusting and wrong, so that no one will be able to step far back enough to realize that it’s just an arbitrary taboo that messes up people’s lives. Let’s make a conscious decision to hang on to pointless prejudices, and punish all attempts to undo them. Amen.

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  1. 1
    Pierce R. Butler

    How long till they realize they have to ban Tchaikovsky?

  2. 2
    oolon

    This coincides with the pew graphic I saw recently of homophobic attitudes in different countries, I was amazed to see 70+% disapproval in Russia…. Why all that homophobia!? (http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/06/04/the-global-divide-on-homosexuality/)

  3. 3
    karmacat

    Tchaikovsky was made to kill himself because of his relationship with some Russian prince

  4. 4
    hypatiasdaughter

    and making a false statement about the socially equal nature of traditional and non-traditional relationships”.

    Does that mean that anti- gay groups can be fined for saying how bad gay parents are? Most of their claims about same sex parenting are lies.

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