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Chess Master Garry Kasparov On Russia's Anti-Gay Laws, An Olympics Boycott And How You Can Help | Lila Shapiro | Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Since his retirement, Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess master who held the title of world chess champion for 15 years, has become one of Russian Pres...

Protest Against Putin's Anti-Gay Law in Berlin (PHOTOS)

Adam Groffman | Posted 11.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Adam Groffman

On Saturday, an estimated 5,000 demonstrators gathered in Berlin to protest the recent anti-gay laws that have been enacted by Vladimir Putin's government in Russia. Organized by Enough Is Enough, the event was aimed at raising awareness of the human rights abuses taking place in Russia.

Another Nation Protests Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law

AP | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- About a dozen gay rights supporters carried placards and chanted slogans outside the Russian Embassy in Cyprus' capital to protest ...

Coca-Cola Promises More Engagement With the International Olympic Committee

Scott Wooledge | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

Primarily activists are calling on Coca-Cola to abandon its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Games in response to escalating human rights abuses made by the Russian government against the country's LGBT citizens.

Russians HATE The Pastafarians

Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion

The Pastafarian rally in Russia on August 17th began in a light-hearted manner, as members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster took to the s...

Thousands Of Activists In Amsterdam And City's Mayor Protest Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

AP | TOBY STERLING | Posted 10.25.2013 | Gay Voices

AMSTERDAM -- More than 2,000 gay rights supporters protested in Amsterdam's largest square Sunday, carrying signs, singing songs and chanting slogans ...

Putin Bans Sochi Protests

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 W...

Anti-Gay Law Isn't Discrimination, Russian Officials Claim

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

LONDON — The Russian government assured the IOC on Thursday it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, while defend...

Comedian Paula Poundstone Talks On The Road & LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Since Paula is a regular panelist on the hit NPR news quiz show, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, I talked to her about our LGBT issues, including the U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage decisions, Russia's anti-gay laws and how this may impact the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and more.

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.

When Prejudice Dims the Flame

Joe Putignano | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

Recently, laws in Russia have questioned the morals of a sector of humanity, and I wonder how it has impacted the passion of our young athletes. If I'd known I was gay as a child and these laws were standing then, would it have turned me off the sport of gymnastics?

Larry Kramer, Hannah Arendt, Vladimir Putin and the Life-and-Death Importance of Speaking Out

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What Larry Kramer, inspired so profoundly by Hannah Arendt, demonstrated is that the importance of our voices -- of speaking our minds and our truths, of organizing, of acting up and out -- can mean the difference between life and death. Which brings us to the situation in Russia.

Russian Journalist: Anti-Gay Legislation Is 'Creeping Fascism'

Huffington Post | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices

Masha Gessen is not standing by as the Russian government cracks down on the country's gay and lesbian community. As an openly gay Russian investigati...

Olympic Committees Are Disgracing the 2014 Winter Olympics

Scott Wooledge | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

From day one, the Olympic committees and the corporate sponsors have sought to spin their way out of this story as though it were just an unflattering gossip item on Page Six. Will they next invite U2's Bono to appear at the opening ceremonies and hope that all will be forgotten?

Did These Russian Athletes Kiss To Protest Anti-Gay Law?

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices

After winning the 4x400-meter relay at World Athletics Championships Saturday, runners Tatyana Firova and Kseniya Ryzhova shared a kiss. Then the gold...

Is Russia's Anti-Gay Backlash An 'Invented Problem'?

Reuters | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay Voices

* Lower house passed law banning "gay propaganda" in June * Attracted international condemnation, questions over Sochi *...

Why This Book Is Causing A Major Controversy In Russia

Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices

As backlash against Russia's anti-gay legislation mounts, an official in the Saratov region pointed out another instance of so-called "gay propaganda....

No Chi in Sochi Olympics

Christopher Harrison | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Christopher Harrison

I must disagree with the venerable Greg Louganis. The U.S. Olympic Committee should expeditiously threaten to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics and encourage other countries to join in. Then the IOC will be forced to take up Canada's offer to have the Games moved to Vancouver.

A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee: Move the Damned Games Already!

Rob Watson | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I am the father of 11- and 10-year-old sons. You are a parent to thousands of aspiring champions. You know that any of your children who are LGBT or pro-LGBT are at risk: A big, bad Russian bully has made it clear that he has it out for them. So what are you going to do about it?

LGBT Targets Don't Only Reside in Russia

Daniel Davidson | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Davidson

As we focus our immediate efforts on the Olympics and Russia, we should remain mindful of the numerous other nations in which LGBT people face even greater, life-threatening persecution and devise strategies to impact their nations as well.

What's So Special About Russia?

Marten Weber | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

Anti-gay violence has to stop in every country around the globe. We cannot protest against Russia and ignore the hanging and stoning of gay teenagers in Iran or Saudi Arabia simply because we respect their religion. Where religion violates human rights, religion has to change.

A New Jackson-Vanik

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

This disturbing similar oppression of the LGBT community in Russia and that of Soviet Jewry should instruct us in how to respond.

Hoping for a Gay Jesse Owens?

Tyler Lopez | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Lopez

Merely hoping for an inspirational moment to present itself during the 2014 Winter Olympics isn't fair to anyone. By moving the Games to another location, we can avoid endangering athletes. Those of us who support LGBT rights would be just as inspired by a gay champion in Vancouver.

It's Time to Move the 2014 Winter Olympics Out of Russia

Wayne Besen | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Russia is an unsuitable and unstable nation that is unqualified to host a major world event. No country is perfect, but when Russia was awarded the 2014 Winter Olympics in 2007, few people knew that its warts were actually tumors.

What We See in Russia: Blood and Sacrifice

David Gudelunas | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
David Gudelunas

Think seeing a lot of red equal signs is powerful? Try looking at images of soldiers brutally beating a gay kid. Talking about the horrific acts is one thing, but seeing them is a far more powerful thing that even the most distracted among us cannot avoid.