In a recent publication of their monthly catalog, IKEA Russia chose to remove a story featuring a same sex couple in order to cooperate with the country’s propaganda law. This bill, which bans the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors,” has led directly to violent attacks against gays across the country and anyone using the internet to promote “non-traditional relations” will get you a whopping fine of 100,000 rubles ($3,000). But that doesn’t come close to one million ruble fine for companies who break the propaganda law.
In addition to the fine, IKEA Russia could have been shut down and higher ups placed in jail. So the original article, which was to feature a Clara and Kirsty who recently redecorated their home with IKEA furnishings was replaced with a feature about a designer from China.
In response, an unnamed LGBT group has created and alternative IKEA catalog, IQEA, which highlights same sex couples inside one of the brand’s actual stores. The series will be featured in Gay Propaganda, a book of original stories and interviews of gay Russians living both inside Russia and in exile today. The book is scheduled to be released in February 2014, on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
[h/t Design Taxi]
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