7 Countries Where Free Love Is Forbidden

7. Russia

In what amounts to a declaration of war on homosexuality, in June 2013 Russian president Vladimir Putin signed an anti-gay bill classifying “homosexual propaganda” as pornography. While the law is broad and vague at best, the meaning is clear: any parent or teacher who tells their child or student that homosexuality is normal, or anyone who makes pro-gay statements to someone underage, is subject to arrest and fines. In July, Putin followed up the anti-gay bill by signing a law banning the adoption of Russian born children to gay couples. According to the New York Times, Putin’s campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain. Needless to say, many gays and lesbians are planning their escapes from Russia.
7. Russia