If you want pride colors for your Apple Watch you’re not going to find it, especially if you live in Russia. The Apple pride colors have been removed from their face gallery, in part because of the country’s anti-gay propaganda law.
Apple strives to be a progressive and equality base company. In June the company created an LGBT background for the Apple Watch, so people around the could wear the rainbow colors on their wrist for Pride. Unless you live in Russia.
So, if you selected the pride background for your Apple Watch or iPhone in Russia, the colors would just vanish.
The Verge reported that several Reddit users have posted about issues using the pride colors which have been an issue for several months. A senior editor posted a video changing the background to pride colors and then switching the user region to Russia.
The global recognizable LGBT banner just disappears.
Guilheme Rambo (@_inside) pointed out: “The Apple Watch pride face is hardcoded to not show up if paired with an iPhone and is being used in Russia.”
This is due to Russia’s strict gay propaganda law. The purpose of the law is to protect children from imagery which could be considered as normalizing homosexuality in Russia.
The law which was enacted in 2013 has been used to justify clampdowns on LGBT communities throughout Russia.
For example, 16-year-old Maxim Neverov was fined 50,000 rubles ($760 U.S. dollars) for posting pictures of partially nude men embracing each other and posted on the social network site Vkontakte.
This appears to be the first time someone who is not involved in campaigning for LGBT rights and awareness has been prosecuted under the law. Neverov is expected to appeal the decision.
Russia is said to have a dismal LGBT rights record, where authorities routinely clamp down on LGBT rights marches and protests.
Russia is currently ranked as Europes second least LGBT-friendly nation by ILGA-Europe.