With New Bills, LGBTQ Georgians Fear Russia-style Crackdown

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05/12/2024

On 4 June, Georgia’s ruling party outlined a package of draft laws that would ban what it calls “LGBT propaganda”, mirroring similar legislation used to crack down on gay rights in Russia and, more recently, Hungary. Tato Londaridze, owner of the first gay club in the Caucasus and Mariam Kvaratskhelia, co-founder of LGBTQ rights group Tbilisi Pride, tell AFP that the legislation could spell the end for their organisations and force them into exile.

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