MOSCOW, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Russia's parliament approved on Thursday a bill that widens a prohibition of "LGBT propaganda" and restricts the "demonstration" of LGBT behaviour, making any expression of an LGBT lifestyle almost impossible.This is a very mild law. There is no penalty for homosexual conduct.
Under the new law, which still needs the approval of the upper house of parliament and President Vladimir Putin, any action or information that is considered an attempt to promote homosexuality - whether in public, online, or in films, books or advertising - could incur a heavy fine.
Previously, the law had outlawed only promotion of LGBT lifestyles aimed at children. The new bill also bans the "demonstration" of LGBT behaviour to children.
By comparison, in the USA you can be fired for using the wrong pronouns.
At the World Soccer Cup in Qatar, the big issue is rainbow colors:
Qatar has stated that Pride colours will “not be prohibited” after reports that football fans wearing rainbow clothing were being turned away from World Cup stadiums.The vast majority of the players and fans are not LGBT. They are just trying to politicize a soccer game.
According to The Independent, FIFA has now told LGBTQ+ fans and allies they will no longer be stopped by security staff for wearing rainbow colours, and that FIFA “has been given assurances” by the World Cup’s Safety and Security Operations Committee that Pride colours will no longer be confiscated.
The U-turn comes after FIFA reportedly held “urgent talks” with Qatar this week after a number of fans, including former Wales captain Laura McAllister, were reportedly asked to remove rainbow items before entering stadiums.