A new website has been created in order to support LGBT people in Russia, which allows users to create a ‘Gay Putin’, using props and outfits to add to a cartoon version of the Russian President.
PutinGayDressUp.com has launched, with 15,000 users so far creating custom images of the President. The site features backdrops, props and outfits, and an optional dance music soundtrack.
Props available include a chihuahua, handbags, a wedding dress, a variety of sex toys and bondage gear.
The site notes the bill signed by Putin last June which bans the promotion of “non-traditional relationships”, and which has been heavily criticised as anti-gay.
It goes on to say that the bill is “unacceptable”, and that anti-gay discrimination has risen since the introduction of the law.
“If you agree, support our fight, dress-up your own gay Putin and share with the world!If you agree, support our fight, dress-up your own gay Putin and share with the world!”
Despite the apparent good intentions behind the site, some have criticised it, claiming that it is “homophobic”, and that it perpetuates dated stereotypes about gay people.
One user tweeted: “F*cking hell, way to regurgitate 70s stereotypes”, while many others simply tweeted their glee at their creations.
Others questioned how the site would benefit LGBT Russians despite tweets from users saying they were “making a stand against discrimination”.
Despite this, thousands of users took to Twitter and Facebook to share their edited images.
The vast majority of those using the hashtag #putingaydressup did not complain.