Belarus Equates LGBT Lives to ‘Pornography’

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New Restrictive Legislation in Belarus

Belarus has reached a new low in its persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. As of today, the Belarusian legislation has broadened its definition of pornography to include depictions of same-sex relationships and transgender individuals. The Ministry of Culture has amended its decree on “erotic materials” to classify expressions like “homosexualism, lesbian love” and the “desire to live and be perceived by others as a person of the opposite sex” — a direct reference to transgender individuals. These categories are now associated in the legal texts with practices such as necrophilia, pedophilia, and voyeurism, all deemed ‘non-traditional relationships.’ Under Belarusian law, they may now also be considered as pornography.

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