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Russia Promotes Traditional Sexual Relations With 'Day of Conception'

Russia Promotes Traditional Sexual Relations With 'Day of Conception'

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Russia encourages straight couples to go forth and multiply, even offering prizes for procreation.

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Russia may not approve of "nontraditional sexual relations," but government officials in one part of the country are certainly promoting traditional sex -- that is, heterosexual, procreative relations.

Thursday marked the eighth annual "day of conception" in the region of Ulyanovsk in eastern Russia, with straight couples being encouraged to have sex in hopes that they will welcome children June 12. That is Russia Day, a patriotic holiday -- leaders of the former Soviet Union signed a declaration of Russia's state sovereignty June 12. 1990.

The region's governor, Sergey Morozov, urged employers to give workers the day off so they could devote themselves to procreative sex, London's Independent reports. There are prizes for Ulyanovsk couples who have children on Russia Day, the Independent notes; in 2012 the prize was an apartment, the previous year a Jeep. Ulyanovsk, by the way, holds an important place in Russian history: It's the birthplace of revolutionary leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

The "day of conception" is one of several Russian efforts to increase the nation's birth rate. This year President Vladimir Putin invited the R&B group Boyz II Men to give a Valentine's Day performance in Russia to get couples in the mood for love, but the concert ultimately did not happen, the Independent reports.

Several reports on the Ulyanovsk observance note Russia's recently enacted ban on "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations." The New Civil Rights Movement headlines its article "Russia So Obsessed With 'Traditional Sexual Relations' It Has a Holiday for Making Babies." And MSNBC journalists discuss the "day of conception" in the video below.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.