Don’t Go To Russia

19 Mar

In the wake of a new law in St. Petersburg against “promotion of homosexuality” the Canadian government has updated it’s information on the country, and issued a warning for travelers:

Homosexuality is legal, though some still strongly disapprove of it. Canadians are advised to avoid displaying affection in public, as homosexuals can be targets of violence. A law prohibiting public actions propagandizing homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality and transsexuality among minors, and prohibiting public actions propagandizing pedophilia, will come into effect in St. Petersburg on March 17th, 2012. Public actions (including dissemination of information, statements, displays or conspicuous behaviour) contradicting or appearing to contradict this law may lead to arrest, prosecution and the imposition of a fine. Similar laws are already in effect in Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma.

The supposedly gay conservative MP John Baird also weighed in at the House of Commons, saying that he  is deeply concerned by the legislation, and that it runs counter to core Canadian values of freedom of speech, human rights and the rule of law. Or maybe they just saw this video:

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