On July 14, a draft bill was submitted to the State Duma to "Amend the Family Code of the Russian Federation with the aim of strengthening the family institution". The Board of the Russian LGBT Network considers this draft bill discriminatory, violating the principle of equality of all individuals under the law and going against the spirit of the Constitution. The Board of the Russian LGBT Network is calling upon the Russian civil society and all acting LGBT+ rights organizations and advocacy groups to unite and oppose the changes together.
The draft bill submitted to the State Duma proposes a number of changes. We are deeply concerned by such a harsh intrusion into private lives of individuals and stand in sincere support and solidarity with all transgender, bisexual and homosexual people. It is clear that the proposed changes violate people's rights and freedoms. A preliminary analysis of the draft bill has allowed us to highlight the main changes concerning the rights of the LGBT+ community.
What we must do:
The Russian LGBT Network offers free psychological help for LGBT+ people, their families and loved ones across the country. We are aware that many people need support at such a hard time. The Russian LGBT Network Hotline phone number is 8 800 555 73 74. The online chatroom for psychological help can be accessed at chat.lgbtnet.org