How Russia became the religious right’s next frontier.
May 3, 2017
By Kasey Stricklin
Russia has never been a paragon of LGBT rights, to put it mildly. The history of the Russian LGBT community includes imprisonment in penal colonies and gulags, physical violence and harassment, bans on public gay pride events, and a prevailing narrative of homosexuality as a Western infection or a mental illness. While the law on homosexuality was liberalized shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, homophobic sentiment did not disappear overnight. In 2013, Russia passed the federal anti-gay propaganda law – which, though it doesn’t make …read more
Source: Center on Global Interests