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LGBT Russians Publicly Display Affection to Protest New Law

This post comes from HRC Editorial and Digital Media Intern Leanne Naramore:

Russia recently passed a law banning LGBT public displays of affection. In response, some LGBT Russians are showing off their love in St. Petersburg’s most public spots.

With Love From St. Petersburg is a photography project that encourages LGBT Russians to photograph themselves and their partners kissing and snuggling in front of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Colta.ru, the website behind the project, took to social media outlets to spread the word about the protest.

Earlier this year, St. Petersburg implemented the controversial "homosexual propaganda law," which imposes fines for supposedly spreading homosexual "propaganda" that might "damage the health, moral and spiritual development" of minors. In August, the Moscow City Court re-confirmed its 100-year ban on LGBT Pride events.

View some of the With Love From St. Petersburg photos below.

h/t HuffPost Gay Voices UK

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