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Russia: St. Petersburg urged to halt draconian anti-gay bill

Headline Title:  Russia: St. Petersburg urged to halt draconian anti-gay bill 18 November 2011 Amnesty International today urged authorities in Russia’s second largest city not to enact a homophobic bill, saying it would threaten freedom of expression and fuel discrimination against the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. The bill, which St. Petersburg’s city assembly passed nearly unanimously on the first of three readings on Wednesday, effectively bans public events by LGBTI people and organizations under the pretext of protecting minors. If…

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