Debates over identity, ethnicity, and nationalism are extremely divisive in today's Russia. It's a key issue facing the country, and whoever wins the struggle in the question on nationalism will go on to challenge the Kremlin's status quo.
Taking an LGBT-only view misses the fact that Putin's government is increasingly restricting basic freedoms for all of Russian civil society. This anti-LGBT hate campaign is occurring in an increasingly authoritarian regime where basic rights must be preserved for all.
In 76 countries, consensual sex between same-gender partners is a crime with a prison sentence. These kinds of human rights abuses are unacceptable, and the Obama administration is committed to combating them -- but we also need your help.
Tuesday's developments were a great step forward for LGBT international human rights. We certainly hope it is a sign of further progress to come in the trend toward a greater global recognition that LGBT rights are really core human rights.