Russian LGBT Network's UPR submission on Russia in second circle

Homosexual, bisexual, and transgender persons permanently face manifestations of discrimination and violence in many spheres in Russia. Nevertheless, the Russian authorities deny the existence of the problem with discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, take no measures to combat homophobia in the society and to prevent hate crimes on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity in spite of widespread homophobia and transphobia in the Russian society. As public opinion polls indicate, 32% of adults in Russia consider homosexuality as a disease or some result of psychic trauma, 43% of adults think of it as a bad habit (in this regard, the given rate has a 5% increase if compared with the information accumulated in a similar 2010 poll). 81% of the Russians responded that homosexuality is morally inadmissible when asked the question 'Do you think homosexuality is morally admissible or morally inadmissible?'

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