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Gay Activists Detained By Police At Russian Flash Mob

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Gay Voices

MOSCOW, May 17 (Reuters) - Russian police detained 17 protesters on Sunday as they gathered in central Moscow to release colorful balloons into the ...

Russia's Latest Anti-Gay Move Is An EPIC Fail

Reuters | Posted 05.24.2015 | Gay Voices

(Adds new U.S. quote) By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, March 24 (Reuters) - Russia failed on Tuesday in a bid to sto...

'In Russia, There Is No Such Thing As A Gay Hate Crime'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.02.2014 | Gay Voices

Director Ben Steele dropped by HuffPost Live this week to discuss his new HBO documentary, "Hunted: The War On Gays In Russia." "Anti-gay attitude...

Here's How to Get McDonald's to Send 'Gay Propaganda' to Sochi's Olympic Village for You

Scott Wooledge | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

Although McDonald's has abandoned the #CheersToSochi hashtag, the Cheers to Sochi campaign website is still up and functioning and, according to their press and social media updates, still a conduit to talk to Olympic athletes and teams behind Putin's Lavender Curtain.

Why Hollywood's Pro-Gay Rights Stance 'Really Doesn't Play' In Russia

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combination appeared custom-made for a grand display of Hollywood activism: a stirring human rights cause and the internation...

Russia Pop Diva Says Country's Anti-Gay Laws Aren't 'Really About Gay People'

Posted 02.16.2014 | Gay Voices

International superstars Madonna, Cher and Lady Gaga haven't minced words when it comes to Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" laws. Now, Russian ...

LOOK: An Inside Peek At Sochi's Embattled LGBT Community

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The mascara-lined eyes of a petite man dressed in a tuxedo greet visitors after they buzz at the armor-plated door of a one-sto...

Restaurant Offers A (Tasty) Way To Sound Off On Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices

One New York eatery is making its stance on Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" law clear with a spirited new menu in time for the 2014 Winter Gam...

Fuss Over Anti-Gay Russian Law Is Exaggerated, Lesbian Olympian Claims

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2014 | Gay Voices

By David Ljunggren ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Lesbian Austrian ski jumper and gay rights advocate Daniela Iraschko-Stolz sa...

Why Olympians Are 'Kind Of Torn' Over Russia's Anti-Gay Law

AP | JOHN LEICESTER | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Olympic competition first, gay rights maybe later. Plenty of athletes made clear before traveling to Sochi how unhappy they we...

LOOK: Brewery Sends 'Pro-Gay' Beer To Vladimir Putin

Posted 02.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Scottish brewers gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a literal piece of their mind this week by sending him a case of their "pro-gay" beer. As t...

Russia's Gay Laws, Putin's LGBT Stance Discussed By Activists At Davos Panel

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" laws were discussed at length as part of an LGBT rights panel sponsored by The Huffington Post and Microsoft o...

EU Tries To Impose 'Alien View' Of Homosexuality, Russian Officials Claim

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices

* Russia takes aim at EU rights abuses * Moscow on defensive over new law before Olympics * Russian official warns athle...

'We Need To See' Russia's Anti-Gay Laws In The U.S., Right-Wing Pundits Claim

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Russia's "gay propaganda" legislation has sparked outrage from international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates, but a pai...

'House' Star Calls For Vodka Boycott Over Russia's Gay Rights Stance

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.22.2014 | Gay Voices

British actor Hugh Laurie prompted an outcry in Russia with a Twitter proposal to boycott vodka over President Vladimir Putin's gay rights stance.Laur...

Detained By Police...For A Rainbow Flag?

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

MOSCOW (AP) — A gay Russian protester has been detained for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometow...

Russian MP And Opera Diva Slams 'Gay Propaganda' Law

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

A member of Russia's parliament is speaking out against the nation's controversial "gay propaganda" legislation. As both the Wall Street Journal a...

'It's A Green Light For Violence Against LGBT People'

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Russian gay rights advocates called for increased pressure on the International Olympic ...

Olympics Officials Are 'Putting Their Head In The Sand' Over Russian Gay Law, Says Out Athlete

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Tennis star Martina Navratilova and U.S. basketball player Jason Collins said on...

(We Are) #GayPropaganda

Kevin Dolan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Dolan

(We Are) #GayPropaganda looks to provide the international community with the tools and language needed to make their opposition to Russia's anti-LGBT oppression heard during the Winter Olympics. Our ultimate goal? To blanket social media and raise a new kind of global awareness.

Why I Declined Russia's Invitation to Talk About My 3D-Printed Dress at the Open Innovations Forum in Moscow

Michael Schmidt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Schmidt

Recently I designed a 3D-printed gown for Dita Von Teese, leading to a number of invitations for speaking engagements relating to the promise of 3D printing and its potential for the fashion industry. However, nothing prepared me for a request by the Russian government.

Real Talk With Rob Smith: Hip-Hop Homophobia, Russia and Chelsea Manning (VIDEO)

Rob Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

This week's Real Talk With Rob Smith takes on homophobia in hip-hop, Russia, and Chelsea Manning. ...

A Solution for Sochi: The Superfan

Erin Sharoni | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Erin Sharoni

My suggestion to you, dear readers, is to become loud, outrageous superfans of equality. You'll abet the participating Olympic athletes in feeling more empowered and supported, and you'll have the chance to show an audience of over 200 million people the importance of tolerance.

Sochi vs. Vancouver: Why This Olympic Experience Will Be Very Different

Robbie Romu | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Robbie Romu

Even if Putin himself signs a decree stating that no LGBT persons will be subjected to Russia's draconian laws and that their safety will be guaranteed, boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi or pulling out completely is still the right thing to do.