Russian Lawmakers Want To Make Coming Out A Crime

"Homosexuality is a lethal threat for the whole of humankind.”

Lawmakers in Russia have already banned "gay propaganda"—now they want to take it a step further by making it illegal to come out as gay.

According to Newsweek, a proposed amendment declares that anyone with a “non-traditional sexual orientation” could be fined for “demonstrating [their] own expressed sexual preferences in public places."

Showing any gay tendencies in places like schools or government buildings could land people up to 15 days in jail.

Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolay Arefievay, the two lawmakers behind the proposal, said they don't feel the 2013 propaganda ban goes far enough.

“I believe that the problem we have raised is one of the most pressing and topical issues as it addresses the social ills of our society and deals with the moral education of the next generation,” Nikitchuk said.

“In the biological sense, not reproducing is the same as death and in that sense homosexuality is a lethal threat for the whole of humankind.”

He added that "the problem is acute and urgent, because it concerns the social diseases of our society and the moral upbringing of the younger generation."

Public opposition to homosexuality has increased in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.

A recent poll found 37% of Russians feel that homosexuals should be “isolated from society,” and 21% want to “liquidate” LGBT people.

h/t: Towleroad

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