Russia’s gay propaganda law could be dangerous for kids, according to reports

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Members and supporters of the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) community take part in a May Day rally in Saint Petersburg on May 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

The report – which is called “No Support: Russia’s ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law Imperils LGBT Youth” – was released today by Human Rights Watch, and runs to 92 pages. It claims that the law implemented in 2013 is damaging for children because it limits them in the necessary education and support services. Human Rights Watch interviewed LGBT+ young people in Russia to gain an understanding of the impact of such a law on the Russian rainbow community in general and its youngest segment in part. The interviews pointed that the level of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate increased sharply in Russia since the law was enacted. Human Rights Watch also found that the law was preventing mental health professionals from offering the necessary support to LGBT+ youth. The report also issued a series of recommendations to Russia’s government concerning the law. Human Rights Watch has asked the President of the Russian Federation to issue a public statement “condemning the use of hate speech towards LGBT+ people.”

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