On Mar 27, 2017 Pink News reported: Russia has warned homophobic citizens to refrain from homophobic attacks… while on holiday in other countries.The advice comes from the Russian Foreign Ministry, which has updated its travel advice for visitors hoping to holiday around the world.
The guidelines, which are aimed at preventing Russian tourists from causing offence, warns them that they may see “people of non-traditional sexual orientations” while on holiday in Europe and the Americas.
The guidance for visiting France warns that in some countries it is advisable “not to speak or act abusively to members of the LGBT community”.
Advice for Russians heading to Spain warns: “Public expression of negative attitudes towards persons with different sexual orientation are not met with understanding in others, so you should refrain from it.
”Guidance for Denmark and Austria also warns Russians not to make offensive remarks to local gay people.
The entry for Canada includes the longest warning.The travel advice warns that “there is a serious fixation on sexual equality” in Canada, “which has long legalised same-sex marriage”.
It cautions Russians against telling homophobic jokes, noting that “in addition to public condemnation, in urban areas with many sexual minorities) particularly Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal) there is a risk of punishment in the form of fines or being charged with ‘hate crimes’.”
The inconsistent guidance does not include similar warnings on a number of other equally LGBT-friendly destinations, however.