Russia warns Disney against distributing film featuring gay character

MOSCOW – Walt Disney Co was warned by the Russian communications agency Roskomnadzor about the distribution of content harmful to the country’s children when the short film “Out” starring a gay main character was released.

Roskomnadzor said he sent a letter to Disney stating that it was against Russian law to disseminate information that “denies family values ​​and promotes non-traditional sexual relationships.”

“Out” was released on Disney + in the US last year.

Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Same-sex relationships are legal in Russia, but a 2013 law prohibits the spread of “propaganda about non-traditional sexual relationships” among young Russians.

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Human rights groups have condemned the legislation, saying it helped increase social hostility towards homosexuality.

A Russian prosecutor on Monday called for the Dolce & Gabbana Instagram ad to ban same-sex couples kissing in the country.

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