By Michael K. Lavers | July 2, 2014
Russian LGBT rights advocates say rates of harassment and violence have increased over the last year since a law banning so-called gay propaganda to minors took effect.
Polina Andrianova of Coming Out, a St. Petersburg-based advocacy group, told the Washington Blade on Tuesday during a Skype interview that she has been verbally accosted twice since President Vladimir Putin on June 29, 2013, signed the propaganda bill.
Andrianova said she is now afraid to hold her girlfriend’s hand in public. “People just look at you differently,” she said. “Now they know that gays and lesbians exist, but unfortunately they also know that we are a danger to children and we’re a danger to traditional Russian values.”