Russia’s first trans politician Yulia Alyoshina resigns over LGBTQ laws

Activists say Russian politicians’ attempts to expand “gay propaganda” laws and bills to wipe out LGBTQ+ media are having a devastating impact on queer people in Russia. (Olga Maltseva/AFP via Getty)

Russia’s first trans politician, Yulia Alyoshina, has made the “difficult decision” to retire due to the country’s expansion of its “LGBT propaganda” law.

Alyoshina, who headed the Civic Initiative party office in the Altai Krai region, announced on Thursday (October 27th) that she would quit politics.

This follows Russian lawmakers backing a bill to expand an existing ban on the promotion of “LGBT propaganda” to children to include people of all ages.

In a telegram post she wrote“Today the State Duma (lower house of the Russian parliament) adopted in first reading the draft law banning LGBT propaganda.

“I have never engaged in such propaganda, but I don’t know how to continue to carry out public political activities, being an openly transgender woman.”

“Ahead of My Time”

In the post, Alyoshina explained how her trans identity made it difficult for her in politics.

She explained that she was banned from attending parliamentary sessions in her region and was denied registration as a candidate for the Barnaul City Duma.

“I entered politics planning to fight for the rights and freedoms of all citizens, regardless of ethnicity, orientation or even political opinion; and I fought for them. But I think I was a bit ahead of my time. Alyoshina thinks.

Fines and deportations

The new bill, which passed the first reading unanimously in the lower house of the State Duma, prohibits any event or act purporting to promote homosexuality – online, in movies, books, advertisement or in public.

Under the new legislation, citizens could be fined up to 400,000 rubles (£5612.78) for promoting ‘LGBT propaganda’, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, legal persons could be fined up to 5 million rubles, while foreigners found guilty would incur deportation from the country.

Russia’s crackdown on LGBTQ+ expression has seen Heavy fines imposed on TikTok earlier this month after it was discovered he was “promoting” LGBTQ+ content to under-18s.

PinkNews contacted Yulia Alyoshina for comment.

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