“Gay propaganda” is illegal in Russia, which has a lot of folks up in arms about the Olympics in Sochi. But it’s also illegal in nine states in the good ol’ U.S.A.
Back in the United States, nine states impose limitations on how educators can talk about homosexuality in ways that mirror Russia’s law.
The states are: Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
In recent years, lawmakers in both Missouri and Tennessee have attempted to advance “Don’t Say Gay” laws that would prohibit any discussion of homosexuality in schools whatsoever, but none have passed into law.
As for the laws that are on the books, they seem to largely be outdated both in terms of the constitutionality of state laws and research on HIV transmission. Not only do they blatantly stigmatize the LGBT community, but they clearly censor information that would help gay students make safer decisions in their own sex lives.
*Welcome to America.