Russia’s communications regulator warns Disney about showing LGBT film to children

Moscow, June 1, 2021

Photo: Photo: In Russia, it is illegal to show children content that promotes and propagandizes non-traditional sexual orientations. With this law, one Russian federal service recently sent a warning to Disney about some of its content.

Russia’s Federal Service for the Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) sent a preventative letter to the Disney Channel, with an explanation of the norms of Russian legislation, Roskomnadzor reports.

“Earlier it became known that Disney has released a short animated film called Out, in which the main character has a non-traditional sexual orientation,” the Service reports.

“The letter notes that Russian legislation prohibits such information that denies family values and promotes non-traditional sexual relations for distribution among children… In addition, the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors with the use of mass media is an administrative offense.”

Thus, Roskomnadzor called on representatives of the TV channel to strictly comply with Russian law and “prevent the dissemination of information that can harm the health and development of children.”

Last year, Netflix had to move several cartoon series out of its children’s section in its Russian service thanks to the aforementioned law. In 2015, Roskomnadzor blocked the social media account of an online community that was promoting homosexual relations among teenagers.

Out was released on Disney+ in the U.S last year. The story centers on a young gay man who has not yet come out to his parents, whose mind is unexpectedly swapped with his dog's. It is both Disney’s and Pixar’s first short to feature a gay main character and storyline, including an on-screen same-sex kiss.

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