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  • 2 Members of Punk Art Collective 'Pussy Riot' Held in Sochi

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A member of the punk group Pussy Riot said she and one of her bandmates were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics.

  • Biden Links Russia's Anti-Gay Laws To Incursion Into Ukraine

    Vice President Joe Biden

    (CNN) -- Russia's "gay propaganda" law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation's takeover of Ukraine's Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night.

  • Bob Costas Vows to Report on Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

    NBC’s Sochi Olympics primetime anchor, Bob Costas, pledged Tuesday that he will not ignore Russia’s anti-gay laws during his coverage of the Games, HuffPo reports.

  • Brian Boitano Releases Statement On Olympic Delegation

    The following statement by Brian Boitano was released via Keith Sherman & Associates Public Relations:

    I am currently skating in Europe but want to provide a statement regarding my appointment to the Olympic delegation. I have been fortunate to represent the United States of America in three different Olympics, and now I am honored to be part of the presidential delegation to the Olympics in Sochi. It has been my experience from competing around the world and in Russia that Olympic athletes can come together in friendship, peace and mutual respect regardless of their individual country's practices.
     
    It is my desire to be defined by my achievements and my contributions. While I am proud to play a public role in representing the American Olympic Delegation as a former Olympic athlete, I have always reserved my private life for my family and friends and will continue to do so. I am many things: a son, a brother, and uncle, a friend, an athlete, a cook, an author, and being gay is just one part of who I am. First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance. As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations.
  • Chris Pine Criticizes Russia's Anti-Gay Law

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Pine says the U.S. should have done more in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, which he calls "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense."

  • Complex Russian Amnesty Bill Passes First Hurdle

    MOSCOW — The Russian parliament on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an amnesty that could pardon jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot, in what appeared to be legislation carefully tailored to send a symbolic message to the West before the showcase Winter Games.

  • Confident Putin Frees Foes Ahead of Sochi Olympics

    (CNN) -- Less than two months before the world focuses on Russia for the Sochi Olympics, President Vladimir Putin is handing out "get out of jail free" cards.

  • Danger in Sochi, and an Olympics on Edge

    The countdown to Sochi was supposed be joyous, a celebration of all things Russian and the Olympics, too.

  • Elton John Challenges New Russian Anti-Gay Law

    NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country's harsh new anti-gay law.

  • Fla Mayors Send Message to Putin: ‘End Discrimination’

    As the Winter Olympics gets underway this week in Sochi, mayors from three of Florida’s most important cities have joined together to call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and visitors.

  • Flame and Shame in Sochi

    The Olympics begin in Russia as the LGBT community is silenced and suppressed in their country.

  • French President Francois Hollande to Skip Sochi Olympics

    (CNN) -- Count one more world leader out of the Winter Olympics, which start February 7 in Sochi, Russia.

  • Gay English Soccer Player Slams FIFA on Russia, Qatar

    LONDON (AP) — A leading figure within the English Football Association says she won't go to the World Cups in Qatar and Russia because of their anti-gay laws.

  • Gay Russian Protester Detained at Olympic Relay

    MOSCOW -- A gay Russian protester was detained on Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles (910 kilometers) north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.

  • GLAAD Shines Light on Plight of Russia’s GLBT Community

    As Olympic athletes and journalists from around the world descend on Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Games, GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy organization, wants the world to pay attention to Russia’s LGBT community.

  • Glenn Beck: 2014’s First Unlikely Conservative Ally

    Pigs are flying and hell is freezing over. 2014 is starting off with a bang as the global LGBT community may be gaining an extremely unlikely ally.

  • How Russia Enforces Its Ban On Gay ‘Propaganda’

    MOSCOW — When the Sochi Winter Olympics begin Friday, many will be watching to see whether Russia will enforce its law banning gay “propaganda” to minors if athletes, fans or activists wave rainbow flags or speak out in protest.

  • IOC Member Blasts U.S. Olympic Committee for Including Gays in Delegation

    ROME (AP) — A senior Italian IOC member criticized the United States on Wednesday for including openly gay athletes in its official delegation for next month's Sochi Olympics.

  • IOC president: Heavy Security, Gay Rights Issue Won't Detract from Sochi Olympics

    SOCHI, Russia — IOC President Thomas Bach says heavy security and criticism of Russia's anti-gay law will not detract from the Sochi Olympics.

  • Italian Gay Activist Briefly Detained in Sochi

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — An Italian gay-rights activist says she was detained by police in the Olympic host city after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag saying "Gay is OK" in Russian.