March 1, 2012

LGBT propaganda law condemned


IGLYO condemns the recent adoption of the law on the prohibition of the so-called propaganda of ‘sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors’ which was signed on February 29, 2012. The measure effectively prohibits dissemination of information about the LGBT community and its rights.

The decision bears an illegal and discriminatory nature and violates the country’s own constitution, as well as a number of regional and international human rights instruments. Russia is a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The adoption of such a law clearly breaches freedoms of expression and assembly of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

IGLYO is deeply concerned by the current situation in St. Petersburg. We believe that the law will have detrimental effects on LGBTQ people in Russian society. The measure will lead to complete isolation of LGBTQ people from society as they are deprived of their constitutionally guaranteed human rights. We believe that this law could quash any effort to build up a healthy, democratic society that respects diversity, pluralism and human rights.

As a voice of LGBTQ youth and students in the pan-European region and beyond its borders, IGLYO has always supported diversity, equality and acceptance of young people irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Over the past 27 years, IGLYO has defended the rights and interests of LGBTQ youth so that they are able to participate in the life of their societies without barriers, enjoying respect, celebration and positive recognition.

IGLYO urges all international and European bodies and organizations to publicly condemn this discriminatory and shameful legislation. IGLYO calls for Russia to be held accountabile for all violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBTQ people, including LGBTQ young people whose experience is similar to, yet distinct from, the experience of the wider LGBTQ population.

To contact IGLYO on this issue, please email Jordan Long, Programmes & Policy Officer at

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