Georgia to Impose Fines for LGBT Promotion

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.18 - 2024 7:10 PM CET

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The legislation suggests a maximum fine of $1,700 for violations

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New Legislation Targets Gender and LGBT Promotion

Georgia is set to introduce fines for advertising gender change operations and promoting LGBT content.

The highest fines, up to $2,000, are proposed for educators, according to the Telegram channel "Sputnik Georgia."

The Georgian parliament will consider a package of bills imposing administrative penalties for promoting non-traditional gender identities and same-sex relationships, with fines reaching $870. If minors are the target audience, the fine could rise to $1,000.

Strict Penalties for Educators

The legislation suggests the maximum fine of $1,700 for such violations be applied to staff in schools, kindergartens, vocational schools, and universities.

This move is part of a broader effort to regulate content and behavior deemed inappropriate by the government, particularly in educational environments.

Legislative Background and Intent

On June 4, Shalva Papuashvili, Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, announced that the ruling party, Georgian Dream, had prepared a package of bills to ban LGBT promotion and gender change advertisements.

These proposed amendments are expected to be incorporated into the country's constitution, signaling a significant shift in Georgia's approach to LGBT rights and gender identity issues.