The Russian President Vladimir Putin banned gay propaganda last June. Being gay in Russia isn't seen as normal and homosexuals are now banned of any public display of homosexuality. Whoever shows signs of homosexuality in public will be arrested by the police. That's what happened to a boy in Voronezh, south Russia, for showing a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay on Saturday.
This law doesn't only affect homosexuals, it also affected teachers, psychologists and parents who are not legally allowed to say being homosexual is good and normal.The law has mainly been created to stop children thinking being homosexual is normal. Since the law was created Russia had a rise of homophobia. Young gays are being bullied and constantly being put into fights against them, their beliefs and their feelings.
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are just a month away and Mr Putin has been interview about the anti-gay law a few times by many different journalists. Mr Putin said in an interview with Andrew Marr: 'I don't care about a person's sexual orientation'. However, if he doesn't care why would he make such a polemic law?
After Mr Putin's explanation to Andrew Marr, he has also said that gay people are welcome during the Winter Olympics. However, young people in Russia are now homophobic and are ready to have a go at anyone who seems or shows to be homosexual. Mr Putin asuured in the same interview with Andrew Marr that 'there's no danger for individuals of this non-traditional sexual orientation who are planning to come to the games as visitors or participants'.
Participants and visitors are supposed not to have any problems. But whats is actually going to happen during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics? Will locals be in many fights against other gay locals? Or has this law actually changed people's beliefs and will create fights against any gay person seen on the streets?
There has been created recently a documentary about how are Russians' attitudes towards gays.