St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, approved a law that imposes fines of up to $16,700 on “promotions of homosexuality” today, reports Ria Novosti.
Well, there goes our plans to launch a fab Next-style weekly in the ‘Burg called St. Petersboiz. And to think we had Michael Lucas all lined up for a cover story, too.
The fines are 20 times higher than when the bill originally came up in November. You’d think a stall in the action would’ve led to a realization that they needed to lower the fines, not ratchet them up, but hey, this is Mother Russia and homophobia is rampant. The bill doesn’t cover private actions, but Gay Pride parades, rainbow flags and the like are out the window.
AllOut has started a global petition to fight the bill, which you can sign right here.
Authorities trotted out the old canard that the bill is needed to protect “minors’ moral and spiritual development.” But St. Petersboiz would’ve totally advocated using protection when it comes to sexual matters! They could’ve just put a full-page PSA on the back page, dammit.
Interestingly enough, the official government newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, took out a 14-page “special advertising supplement” in the New York Times today, including this unintentionally ironic headline:
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