Oliver Willis

Putin’s Russia May Ban Gay Emojis

Russia under Vladimir Putin has become one of the most hostile nations for gay people in the developed world, and they’re not done yet.

Mikhail Marchenko, a Russian senator, has reportedly referred a complaint to the state media watchdog about the presence of emojis depicting same-sex relationships. Marchenko said the emojis “promoted non-traditional sexual relationships”, “denied family values” ​​and showed “disrespect for parents and other family members.”

A Russian court ruled that Children-404, a site for LGBT youth, was guilty of distributing “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors.”

Apple recently added LGBT themed emojis to its most recent release of iOS software for iPhones and iPads.