The proposal means that "propaganda" to adults will also fall under the law. In fact, this makes expressing as an LGBT+ person impossible. The MPs who support the law denounce the "Western" values being forced on Russians.
The influential politician Aleksandr Chinshtejn puts it this way: "We propose to extend the ban on such propaganda in general, regardless of the age of the public (offline, in the media, on the internet, social networks...)"
The proposal is not unexpected. Now that Russia is no longer a member of the Council of Europe, the organization that monitors human rights, parliament is calling for a stricter defence of "Russian values". Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin previously said that demands to legalize same-sex marriage in Russia "are a thing of the past".
The "gay propaganda law" was introduced in 2013 and since then it has become much more difficult for LGBT+ people to express themselves in public. This method of defending "traditional values" is also being used in other European countries. Hungary now also has similar laws.