A bakery in Russia – yes, Russia – has been fined for hanging ‘no gays’ sign outside
A bakery in Russia has been fined for hanging a sign outside that banned LGBT+ people from entering.
The Ipakov Brothers bakery in the city of Kemerovo, Siberia, hung a wooden sign that read “no gays” when it opened in February.
Speaking to the 360tv.ru news website, owner Anton Ipatov said the sign did not discriminate against anyone.
The Kemerovo central district court has found Ipalov guilty of “inciting hatred” and fined him 10,000 rubles ($150).
According to the Moscow Times, the court ruled the sign “humiliates homosexuals as a group of people distinguished on the basis of sexual orientation”.
Ipatov told the court that he hung the sign because of his “personal convictions” and concern that LGBT+ people in his shop could “affect his children”.
He added that “he makes natural food” and “everything unnatural is alien to him”.
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Earlier this year, the mayor of a town in Russia agreed to hold a Pride parade, but later banned it fearing that children might see it.
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