The Aftermath of the Gay Propaganda Law - Mapping Trends in the Russian Media

Cai Weaver, Timo Koch

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In 2013, the Russian parliament approved the law banning the propaganda of non-traditional relationships to minors. Much of the academic research conducted since has focused on the immediate consequences of the legislation or conceptualises it as part of a larger ‘conservative turn’ of Russian society. This article takes a longitudinal approach and investigates the prevalence of LGBTQIA+ discourses in the Russian media over the period (2000-2018). Utilising a mixed-method research design, we track and follow the emergence and disappearance of dominant discourses on LGBTQIA+ through the quantitative data-analysis of thematic keywords in the Russian Media. The results are then recontextualized and discussed qualitatively with reference to both the data and the recent research literature. As rather than seeing a decline in the discussion and representation of non-traditional sexual relationships the opposite has happened. Homosexuality, albeit homophobic and transphobic in form and substance, appears more present than ever before in the Russian media and society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Publication statusIn preparation - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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