Persecution Alert

Beauty and the Beast: Russia considers ban over 'gay moment'

04 March 2017

Russian officials are coming under pressure to check if Disney's new film Beauty and the Beast breaches the country's law against "gay propaganda".

Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said action would be taken after the checks while an MP described the film as "shameless propaganda of sin".

The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast features Disney's first ever gay character and love scene.

A Russian law prohibits the spreading of "gay propaganda" among minors.

The 2013 legislation, which has angered human rights activists and the international gay community, describes homosexuality as "non-traditional sexual relations".

See: BBC, Beauty and the Beast: Russia considers ban over 'gay moment', 4 March 2017


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