Chelyabinsk region prosecutors have reassured a concerned member of the public that a lamp post in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk that is painted like a rainbow is not in breach of the country’s ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors.
Yevgeny Dubrovsky told Russkaya Planeta that he asked prosecutors to look into whether the lamp post was now illegal due to the change in law to ‘see how the law works in practice,’ rather than having a homophobic motivation.
The lamp post was painted with rainbow colors as part of a rebranding campaign for the city and is in the middle of a bridge over the Ural River.
The lamp post is supposed to mark the exact border between Europe and Asia.
‘The colors of the rainbow are not prohibited in the territory of the Russian Federation,’ prosecutors are quoted as saying.
‘The sequence of colors on the lamppost does not constitute propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors and does not carry any harm to children and their development.’
The colors on the Magnitogorsk lamp post are yellow, pink, green, blue and purple, as opposed to the gay pride rainbow which is red orange yellow green blue and purple but prosecutors say even if the lamp post had used the same colors as the gay pride flag it would still not have been in breach of the law.