The Atlantic
July 31, 2013

Anti-gay activists threw eggs and rocks at gay rights demonstrators in St. Petersburg last month, shouting "Sodomy will not pass." The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church recently called gay marriage "apocalyptic." And in June, the Russian government outlawed discussing LGBT issues with minors by officially prohibiting "homosexual propaganda" and making the distribution of gay-rights material punishable by fines and jail time.

In the midst of Russia's crackdown on gay rights, one Russian author has published a children's book that prominently features a homosexual character and his struggle to find acceptance in the country.