Russian Paper Accused of “Gay Propaganda” for Reporting About a Gay Person

Far eastern Russian city Khabarovsk was never particularly homophobic, not until Putin signed the “anti gay propaganda” bill into law this summer. This year, geography teacher Alexander Yermoshkin, the city’s most known environmental and gay rights activist, was told that his 18-year career is over because a group called the Movement Against Sexual Perversions presented the school with 678 signatures calling for his firing.

The law that makes it illegal to mention homosexuality public, lest some minors get a crazy idea that it’s normal. Putin emphasized that discriminating in the workplace is not part of the sprawling mandate, but of course, it is. 

Even crazier, when the town Molodoi Dalnevostochnik paper reported on the factual details of the firing — the petition, etc — they were told by the Federal Mass Media Inspection Service that the story “propagated homosexual relations.”

The censor had a problem with something Yermoshkin said, as quoted in the article:

My very existence is effective proof that homosexuality is normal.

The censor told the paper:

This statement goes against logic. By offering it to underage readers, the author is misleading them about the normality of homosexuality.

Right then.

The paper faces a possibility of a huge fine and being closed for 90 days.