Russia bans "the international LGBT public movement"

In a behind-closed-doors session, Russia's Supreme Court has banned "the international LGBT public movement." For years, Russia's LBGTQA+ community has been increasingly targeted by the Russian conservative majority. Putin's government embraces "traditional family values" farce that permits much bigotry, and MPs are slathering at the mouth to take this further.


At the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, Vitaly Milonov, a famously homophobic MP from the ruling party, United Russia, said the ban on LGBT groups was "not about sexual minorities or the private life of individuals".

"It's more about the political agenda proclaimed by this LGBT international movement," he told me.

"They have their own tasks, their own goals. They act as a political force, a political structure and the goals of this structure contravene the Russian Constitution."

"You talk about a political structure," I responded. "But there isn't a movement called the 'International LGBT public movement.' How can you ban something that doesn't exist?"

"Oh, it's easy," Mr Milonov replied. "We can ban any activities from LGBT international organisations here in Russia. That's nice. We don't need them.

"And I'm looking forward to the next step: banning the six-colour rainbow flag. We don't need this flag. It's a symbol of the fight with the traditional family. I hope that no-one can show this flag in Russia."

The declaration is causing panic in Russia's LBGTQA+ community as people prepare to flee ahead of the coming pogrom. The flag is a rainbow.

"I think this will mean that anyone whom the state considers an LGBT activist could receive a long prison sentence for 'participating in an extremist organisation'," he said.

"For the organiser of such a group, the prison term will be even longer.

"This is real repression. There is panic in Russia's LGBT community. People are emigrating urgently. The actual word we're using is evacuation. We're having to evacuate from our own country. It's terrible."