Actress Tilda Swinton flies rainbow flag in Moscow in solidarity with LGBT community

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a white background.

Actress Tilda Swinton has posed for a photograph, posted on the internet by her representative, flying a rainbow flag in front of St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, in solidarity with the LGBT community.

The photograph, which was posted by Christian Hodell, who represents Swinton, features the actress holding the rainbow flag, commonly associated with the LGBT community, up with St Basil’s clearly featured in the background.

“Please share this message from Tilda: ‘In solidarity. From Russia with love’,” said Hodell.

There has been an international outcry recently, as several pieces of legislation have passed through the Russian Parliament, banning or inhibiting the rights of LGBT people.

The upper house of the Russian Parliament voted last Thursday to approve both a bill banning adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples and the nationwide anti-”propaganda” bill banning the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships to minors.

Earlier this month the Duma, or lower parliamentary house, unanimously voted 443-0 to approve the draft law on adoption, as well as related amendments to Russian family law.

The bill, which has since been signed by President Vladimir Putin, bans foreign same-sex couples and unmarried individuals in countries where same-sex marriage is legal from adopting Russian children.

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