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WATCH: Russian 'Thugs' Violently Attack St. Pat's Event, Mistaking Group For Gay Activists

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Footage of Russian "thugs" in the Siberian city of Irkutsk allegedly mistaking members of a St. Patrick's Day flashmob for gay rights activists and be...

McDonald's #CheersToSochi Campaign Meets With LGBT Backlash

Scott Wooledge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

What Is It Like To Be Young And Gay In Russia?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When Russian legislators passed anti-gay "propaganda" legislation last summer, they effectively institutionalized homophobia and transphobia throughou...

One Week After Shooting, Moscow Gay Club Targeted With Gas Attack

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Only a week after two men opened fire outside of popular gay club Central Station in Moscow, Russia, the same club has become the subject of another a...

Russia's LGBT Community Rattled After Gunmen Open Fire On Popular Gay Club

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Two gunman opened fire at a gay club in Moscow over the weekend, injuring no one but releasing a string of bullets into the crowd and onto the buildin...

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

Michael Schmidt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office Disavows Sponsorship of Russian Investment Forum

Scott Wooledge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Wooledge

Initially, Russia Forum New York billed this event as sponsored by the Office of the Mayor of New York City. Then the NYC.gov presence on its website began to disappear. Reached for comment on Friday, the press secretary for the mayor's office confirmed, "We are not a sponsor."

Inside the Princeton Club's Shockingly Homophobic Seminar on Investing in Moscow (VIDEO)

Scott Wooledge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Wooledge

As the activists aired grievances about attacks on LGBT Russians and the oppression of citizens' right to free speech and assembly, the Russian government officials laughed, and the room of Americans laughed along. It was very disconcerting to hear Americans laughing at oppression.

Why One European Nation Is Repealing Its 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Republic of Moldova, a country in Eastern Europe landlocked between Ukraine and Romania, overturned its "gay propaganda" ban on Friday in an effor...

High Heels in Sochi

Anthony Romeo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony Romeo

It breaks my heart that I want to help and just don't know what I can do to effect change. So I'm plucking out words on my Mac, keyboard activism at its finest, because it makes me feel like I'm at least doing something, even if I'm not doing something.

Russian Gay Activist's Plea: 'Get Us the Hell Out of Here'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Masha Gessen believes that it's time for Russian LGBT people to flee the country to escape what she says has now become "all-out war" against LGBT people in Russia. And she's calling on the United States to allow political asylum for LGBT Russians.

WATCH: Russian Anti-Gay Group Is 'On Safari' Hunting Gays

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

BBC News released a disturbing video this week that documents the actions of a self-proclaimed vigilante group forcing an alleged gay man to drink uri...

The Case for Boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics

Slava Mogutin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Slava Mogutin

Russia's recent anti-gay legislation contradicts the letter and spirit of the Olympic Charter, and the International Olympic Committee must acknowledge that and find a more tolerant and civilized host country. This is not just another political issue; this is an issue of basic human rights.

When Prejudice Dims the Flame

Joe Putignano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Olympic Committees Are Disgracing the 2014 Winter Olympics

Scott Wooledge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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?

No Chi in Sochi Olympics

Christopher Harrison | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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?

What's So Special About Russia?

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Hoping for a Gay Jesse Owens?

Tyler Lopez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Lady Gaga To Russia: 'Why Didn't You Arrest Me When You Had The Chance'?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In a series of tweets earlier today, Lady Gaga blasted the Russian government and officials, calling their actions "criminal" and asking, "Why didn't ...

Stoli Vodka Responds To Sweeping Worldwide Gay Boycott

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Over the past several weeks, the reality of what it means to be an LGBT individual living in Russia has come to the forefront of mainstream consciousn...