Russian Lawmakers Want To Make It Illegal To Come Out As Gay

Two years after Russia outlawed “gay propaganda,” Russian lawmakers are now drafting a bill that could mean LGBT people would be fined or face jail for “coming out” or making a “public confession of their non-traditional sexual orientation.”

The bill would be an added amendment to the highly-controversial law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.

According to the proposed amendment to the law, people who are defined as having “non-traditional sexual orientation” could be fined 5,000 roubles ($80) for “demonstrating [their] own expressed sexual preferences in public places,” Newsweek reports. If you “demonstrate your sexual preferences” at a schools, cultural establishments or government buildings, you could face up to 15 days in jail.

The Communist lawmakers behind the controversial amendment, Ivan Nikitchuk and Nikolay Arefievay, say the 2013 gay propaganda did not go 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 told Izvestia. “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.”

“I think that the problem is acute and urgent because it concerns the social diseases of our society and the moral upbringing of the younger generation. Unfortunately, the mechanism suggested in the 2013 law ‘On the protection of children against the information that harms their health and development’ has proved to be ineffective and this prompted us to develop new measures.”

“In Athens during the classical period homosexuals had to report their vice to the people’s assembly and got stripped of their civil rights. Those who tried to conceal it were either exiled or executed. The laws of Ancient Sparta were even stricter – there were no reports, anyone who got caught was executed,” read the lawmakers’ explanations attached to the bill.

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

A recent poll found that 37 percent of Russians said LGBT people should be “isolated from society,” a 9% increase since 1989. 21% percent said they wanted to “liquidate” LGBT people.