Russia

  • 'Coming Out' in Russia Could Land You in Jail Soon

    The next wave of anti-gay legislation may be on its way in Russia as lawmakers prepare to draft a bill that would make coming out as LGBT publicly a criminal offense, Newsweek reports.

  • 15 Countries Condemn Russia’s Lack of Response to 2017 Homophobic Purge

    Human rights groups raised a red flag in Chechnya last year when authorities were arresting, torturing and executing gay people, but Russia’s government refused to intervene, leaving 15 members of theOrganization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) unhappy.

  • 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.

  • 25 LGBT Activists Arrested in Russia Over Pride

    City authorities in St. Petersburg, Russia dismissed community requests to have a pride parade, so 60 LGBT activists rallied together instead. Nearly half of them were arrested.

  • 4 Injured After Attack on Russian Gay Club

    At least four people were injured Sunday after a gay club in the city of Tolyatti in southernRussia was attacked, local LGBT activists said, according to a report from BuzzFeed.

  • 6 Members of Anti-Gay Russian Neo Nazi Group Reportedly Jailed

    Russian police have jailed six members of an anti-gay Neo-Nazi group, which aims to torture gay teens by humiliating and beating them and posting the recorded incidents online, Gay Star News reports.

  • Activists Sneak Pride into Russia

    Six activists made Moscow a little gayer using some creativity.

    The activists from Spain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia joined together using soccer shirts, standing side-by-side in the color of the pride flag to protest Russia’s “homosexual propaganda” ban.

    “Unfortunately, 40 years later, there are still countries in which homosexuality is persecuted, sometimes even by jail sentences, and in which the rainbow flag is forbidden. Russia is one of these countries,” the activists said through their “The Hidden Flag” project page.

    “Because of this, we have taken advantage of the fact the country is hosting the World Cup at the same time as Pride Month, to denounce their behaviour and take the rainbow flag to the streets of Russia.”

    The group took multiple photos throughout the city of Moscow — even posed beside Russian police.

    “Yes, in the plain light of day, in front of the Russian authorities, Russian society and the whole world, we wave the flag with pride.”

    The 2013 propaganda ban stopped distribution of LGBT material to minors.

  • Anti-Gay Activists Raid Moscow Club Before Queer Rapper Performs

    A group of masked anti-LGBT activists raided a club in Moscow Friday just hours before queer, gender-bending rapper Mykki Blanco was set to perform, the Fader reports.

  • Anti-Gay Neo-Nazi Russian Leader Sentenced to 5 Years

    The head of the Russian-based anti-gay/neo-Nazi vigilante group "Occupy Pedophilia," which reportedly abused LGBT youth after luring them via social media, was sentenced Friday to five years in a Russian penal colony, according to LGBTQ Nation.

  • Anti-LGBT Lawmaker Tried To Shut Down Russian LGBT Film Festival

    Vitaly Milonov is known for Russia’s ban on “gay propaganda.” The latest event he deemed as a violation of the law was the opening night of Russia’s only LGBT film festival, called Side By Side.

  • Attorney Compares Kansas Sperm Donor's Plight, Gay Marriage

    TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas sperm donor's battle to avoid being declared the legal father of a same-sex couple's child has some similarities to the fight for gay marriage, the man's attorney argued in court filings.

  • 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.

  • Bill to Ban Coming Out Rejected By Russia's Duma

    A controversial bill that would have made it a punishable offense for men to come out as gay, bisexual or transgender has been rejected by the Russian Duma, Monday. The draft bill called for fines and arrests for offenders.

  • 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.
  • Campaign of Hate - Russia and Gay Propaganda

    Michael Lucas has never shied from controversy. Whether as the preeminent gay-­?porn auteur of his generation or as an independent-­?minded social commentator and op-­ed columnist, Lucas has built a career out of breaking taboos.

  • Chechen President: Gays Are Foreign Agents

    Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen President, maintains there were no gays in his country.

  • 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.