Joe Morgan | Gay Star News | January 12, 2016
Russia’s State Duma will decide on whether to ban people from coming out as gay next week on 19 January.
Two senior Russian Communist MPs Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolai Arefyev have presented a bill calling for people who come out as LGBTI to serve up to 15 days behind bars.
Any public displays of affection among gay men will result in jail time and a fine of 5,000 rubles ($80, €60).
The proposed bill is only targeting gay men as women, according to the lawmakers, are more ‘reasonable’ and can ‘manage their emotions’.
The legislation is intended at strengthening ‘traditional Orthodox values’.