Bill banning LGBT propaganda in Russia passes 1st reading in State Duma

27 October 2022 15:06
Bill banning LGBT propaganda in Russia passes 1st reading in State Duma

A bill banning LGBT propaganda and paedophilia has passed its first reading by the Russian State Duma.

A package of bills banning LGBT and pedophilia propaganda and demonstration of LGBT information and materials encouraging teens to change their sex has passed the first reading in the State Duma. According to the draft law published on the Duma's website, the changes will affect the Internet, mass media, books, audio-visual services, cinematography and advertising.

The bill extends the list of information prohibited from dissemination among children: the propaganda and demonstration of non-traditional sexual relations and (or) preferences, as well as information which can make children want to change their sex. 

The bill mandates a paid subscription and additional security features for access to television and radio content which is banned for children, and labelling of promo material for such content.

In addition, the requirements for advertising, which must not contain information demonstrating non-traditional sexual attitudes or preferences, are expanded.

The bill prohibits the promotion of non-traditional sexual attitudes or preferences, including the promotion of paedophilia, among Russian citizens, both adults and minors.

The initiative was co-authored by 390 Duma members, including all faction leaders and deputy speakers.

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