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2014 Winter Olympics

Arrested LGBT Activists In Russia: ‘Cops Beat Us, Said We Have To Suck Their Cocks’

by David Badash ● 6:56 PM February 7, 2014
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Today, the day of the opening of the Olympic Games, LGBT activists in Moscow today were taken to a local police station, where, they say, some were beaten and threatened with both sexual assault and acts of physical violence.

2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi Olympics Day One: Russian Police Arrest More Than A Dozen LGBT Activists

by David Badash ● 2:57 PM February 7, 2014
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On day one, Russian police have already arrested more than a dozen LGBT protestors who were doing little more than unfurling a banner or singing the Russian national anthem.

2014 Winter Olympics

We Shall Overcome – The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus Sings In Moscow

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:17 AM February 6, 2014
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In 1999, two thousand happy LGBT Russians turned out to see the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Choir. What has happened to them will make you cry. Please watch. Then please share.

News

Army Of 100 Anti-Gay Thugs Rip Roof Off Top Moscow Gay Club

by David Badash ● 10:12 AM December 16, 2013
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An army of 100 violent anti-gay thugs literally ripped the roof off Central Station, Moscow’s top gay club, on Saturday, just before the popular 1990′s band Army of Lovers was to perform.

Civil Rights

Elton John Speaks In Russia, Slams Putin’s ‘Inhumane And Isolating’ Anti-Gay Laws

by David Badash ● 3:55 PM December 6, 2013
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Elton John held a concert in Moscow tonight, and from the stage he denounced Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws as “inhumane and isolating.”

Analysis

Organizers Of Lady Gaga Concert Will Fight Fine For Harming Children

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:04 AM November 16, 2013
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Planet Plus, the concert promoters who brought Lady Gaga to Moscow will appeal the fine levied because her pro-gay comments harmed children, even though the amount of the fine was insignificant.

Civil Rights

Watch: Russian Police Arrest LGBT Activists Protesting Putin’s War On Gays

by David Badash ● 11:34 AM October 10, 2013
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A new video just released shows police in Russia interrogating and then arresting six LGBT activists who were on the streets of Moscow protesting a bill that would forcibly remove children from LGBT parents or same-sex couples.

Discrimination

Krispy Kreme Just Opened In Russia. A Donut There Will Cost You $1.85 And Possibly Jail Time

by David Badash ● 8:27 AM September 20, 2013
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American phenomenon Krispy Kreme just opened its first store in Russia. The trip to Moscow may cost you fifteen days in jail and deportation if you do anything to make Russian authorities think you’re LGBT.

Celebrities

Elton John: ‘I’ve Got To Go’ To Moscow To Support Russia’s LGBT People

by David Badash ● 1:32 PM September 17, 2013
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The 66-year old award-winning iconic singer-songwriter, performer, and AIDS activist says that he cannot abandon the gay community in Russia. But what would actual “support” actually look like?

Civil Rights

Russian Parliament Working On Bill To ‘Return’ Gays To ‘Normal Life’ Via ‘Ex-Gay Therapy’

by David Badash ● 9:26 AM August 26, 2013
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Now the parliament of Russia is working on a bill that would offer free “ex-gay” or “reparative” therapy on gay people. The “therapy” supposedly would be anonymous and voluntary.

2014 Winter Olympics

Russian Olympian Slams Critics Of Anti-Gay Law: ‘We Consider Ourselves Normal, Standard People’

by David Badash ● 7:00 AM August 16, 2013
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A Russian Olympic athlete considered the top women’s pole vaulter in the world yesterday slammed critics of President Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws by saying that Russians are “normal, standard people” — unlike “European people.”

Civil Rights

In Moscow, Nick Symmonds Pushes Anti-Gay Law, Dedicates World Track Medal To His Gay Friends

by David Badash ● 9:50 AM August 14, 2013
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U.S. mid-distance runner Nick Symmonds decided to push Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws yesterday by dedicating his newly-won World Track and Field Championship medal to his gay friends.

Celebrities

Harvey Fierstein: ‘Boycott The Winter Olympics — Our Brothers And Sisters In Russia Need Us NOW!’

by David Badash ● 3:26 PM July 15, 2013
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Tony Award-winning actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein today is urging people to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia because of Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws that essentially make anything LGBT a crime.

International

Vladimir Putin Just Made It Illegal To Tell Kids Gay People Exist

by David Badash ● 12:37 PM June 30, 2013
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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin today has just signed a draconian “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, making the “promotion” of “homosexual propaganda” to minors illegal.