St. Petersburg Advances Anti-Gay Measure During International Day Of Tolerance

An anti-gay propaganda bill passed first reading in St. Petersburg, Russia yesterday by a vote of 27 to 1. The measure calls for a fine of up to $1,600 for “public actions aimed at propaganda of pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors” and is being condemned as a “disgrace” by LGBT equality advocate Nikolai Alexeyev of the The group noted that the bill’s first reading coincided with the International Day of Tolerance, which is officially celebrated in the city, and argued that the measure undermines the principles of freedom of opinion and expression in the Constitution and multiple articles in the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.