Russian lawmakers approve bill banning ‘LGBTQ propaganda’ among adults
A general view of the building of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russia's parliament, in Moscow on Sept. 15, 2020. - NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/Getty Images North America/TNS

Russian lawmakers passed a bill Thursday banning the promotion of what they call “non-traditional sexual relations” among adults. The bill — which was approved by the lower house of parliament, or State Duma, after a third and final reading — bans “LBGTQ propaganda” in traditional media, on the internet or on merchandise sold to the public. It’s an expansion of a law that went into effect in 2013 and that outlawed any public discussions or positive messages about LGBTQ issues with minors — which was described by Human Rights Watch as a “classic example of political homophobia” that “targets vu...