Russia is investigating "gay emoji"
A Russian governmental group has requested that the youth wing of the United Russia party investigate the use of emoji which they believe might be banned under the country's anti-"gay propaganda" law.
The emoji in question include the same sex kissing emoji of both genders.
Maxim Ksenzov, the deputy head of Roskomnadzor, the Russian government's media watchdog organization, said the emoji “denies family values” and “forms disrespect for parents and other family members."
Facts about lgbtQ people in russia:
Earlier today, the founder of an online LGBTQ community for Russian teens was fined $850 (50,000 rubles) for distributing “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors."
Individuals distributing what the government terms "gay propaganda" on the internet can be fined 50,000 to 100,000 rubles, or $850 to $1,700 dollars.