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The Absolutely Crazy Reason Russian Priest Says Football Is A 'Homosexual Abomination'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion

Alexander Shumsky, a Russian priest and member of the Russian Writers Union, published a scathing critique of the FIFA World Cup on Monday, denouncing...

The Russian Open Games: Thwarted at Every Turn by the Powers That Be, but a Success Nonetheless!

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

Konstantin and Elvina worked tirelessly to keep spirits high and prevent the obstacles -- bomb threats, a smoke bomb set off at one of the venues, hotels that had been booked in advance suddenly claiming they were under construction and turning away participants once they learned who we were -- from getting us down.

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Regarding His Views on Homosexuality

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Frank, you have plenty of anti-gay people besides Putin to admire. And don't worry: Marriage for same-sex couples remains illegal in 33 U.S. states and most countries across the planet, and anti-LGBT attitudes and statutes are alive and well in our country and abroad.

Reflecting on the Russian Open Games and the Anti-LGBTI Climate Here

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

Of course, for the Olympics, Russia put its best foot forward, and everyone accused the Western media of "overreacting" to the anti-gay laws here. If those critics had seen what I've witnessed in Russia, they would think differently. Russia does discriminate against its LGBTI citizens.

My Trip to Moscow: It Wasn't Sochi

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

After the Olympics in Sochi -- and yes, I was rather disappointed that I was not a part of the official U.S. delegation -- there was the LGBT-affirming Russian Open Games in the five days between the end of the Olympics and the beginning of the Paralympics.

The Olympic Oversight

Blake Skjellerup | Posted 05.13.2014 | Sports
Blake Skjellerup

Medals were won, friendships were made, and the Games were largely dubbed a success. But during more than two weeks of competition, not one athlete or IOC member made a statement to advance the educational arm of the Olympic movement.

'Don't Act, Don't Tell' Is in Effect

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

It's one thing to be denied a wedding cake by a baker who can't think outside the Bible. It's quite another to be physically attacked for simply walking down the street.

My Russian Dream: Time for Olympic Athletes to Step Up and Right Wrongs

Janet Mason | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

I appreciate that the athletes, including the ones who are openly gay, have trained long and hard to get to Sochi. That is exactly why they should speak out.

What Will Happen To Russia's Gay Community After The Olympics?

Posted 02.13.2014 | Gay Voices

With the 2014 Winter Olympics well underway in Sochi, Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" laws have been dominating headlines around the world. Bu...

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...

Chobani Takes On Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.10.2014 | Small Business

On Friday evening, Greek-yogurt maker Chobani released on Twitter an image of stacked yogurt cups representing the colors of the rainbow with the tagl...

Greg Louganis: 'It's Disappointing' Russia Was Chosen As An Olympics Host Country Because Of Gay Laws

Posted 01.31.2014 | Gay Voices

Openly gay diving champion Greg Louganis joined HuffPost Live this week, speaking at length about his views on Russia's controversial "gay propaganda"...

Olympic Sponsors Were Warned About Sochi; Now McDonald's and Coca-Cola Are Having a PR Nightmare

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

LGBT activists are making it clear that American companies can no longer get away with tacitly supporting foreign regimes that are brutalizing LGBT people. The backlash against such companies is probably only just beginning and will last long after Sochi.

McDonald's #CheersToSochi Campaign Meets With LGBT Backlash

Scott Wooledge | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

By the end of Wednesday, a Twitter search of the McDonald's hashtag #CheersToSochi revealed that it was no hyperbole when the Bilerico Project's John Becker declared it officially "hijacked." Legions of LGBT protesters outnumbered everyone else in the feed.

Glenn Beck: Homophobes 'Have No Place In This Country'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media

Glenn Beck said on his Monday show that anti-gay people "have no place in this country." The talk show host was speaking once more about Russian pr...

Putin Promises No Discriminations At Sochi

Reuters | Denis Dyomkin | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday no athlete would face discrimination at next month's Winter Olympics, hoping to e...

Russian Press Gives Olympic Ice Skater an Original Smear

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 03.16.2014 | Sports
Elizabeth Kiem

As two time U.S. champion figure skater Ashley Wagner faces a backlash at home over her unusual elevation from fourth place to join the three woman U.S. Olympic team in Sochi, a fresh front of skepticism is creeping her way from Russia itself.

Corporate America Surrenders to Russia's Anti-Gay Legislation

Adam Hanft | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Adam Hanft

America has evolved its position on gay rights -- and gay marriage -- so that companies like Goldman Sachs and Starbucks can benefit from what is essentially faux courage. But when real courage is required, they fall silent.

Putin Accuses West Of Treating 'Good And Evil' Equally

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.11.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin used his state-of-the-nation address on Thursday to defend conservative values, referring obliquely t...

Is Vladimir Putin Secretly Gay?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a sexless man who may be secretly gay. At least, that's what political analyst and notorious columnist Stanislav B...

The Rings Stand for Inclusion. So Do We, and So Can You!

Udi Behr | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Udi Behr

LoveandPride.com and I are starting the "Missing Link" campaign to help raise awareness about the injustices that the LGBT community in Russia is facing on the eve of the Olympics in Sochi. Like my company, I am committed to fighting for inclusion and ending discrimination against all people.

(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.

Sochi, Sexuality and Sports: The GO! Athletes Interview With Women's Ice Hockey Olympian Caitlin Cahow

Avery Stone | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Avery Stone

As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi draw nearer, debate is heating up about Russia's anti-LGBT policies. Former Olympic Women's Ice Hockey player Caitlin Cahow was kind enough to speak with me, sharing her take on boycotting Sochi, the tension that LGBT athletes face today, and why she loves sports.

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.

Russia Urged 'To Promote Social Inclusion Without Discrimination' During Olympics

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

* Russia adopted ban in June on gay "propaganda" for minors * Putin said there will be no discrimination at Sochi games ...