We already knew the selection of Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2012 FIFA World Cups, respectively, raised numerous civil rights questions.
But now the city of Saint Petersburg, one of the sites for Russia’s turn at hosting, has enacted a bill imposing fines of $16,700 for “public activities promoting homosexuality (sodomy and lesbianism), bisexualism and transgender identity.”
Advocacy groups are calling the legislation a “gay gag order” and it would ban any gay pride events in the city. The fine under the current legislation is ten times what it was when it was under consideration last year.
Bravo, FIFA. Bravo, Sepp.
(H/T @sixpackage on Twitter)