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For 'Back On Board,' Greg Louganis Looks Back On His Legacy, LGBT Rights

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

An amazing sign of progress on LGBT rights — and an example of how the entrenched homophobia in corporate America of years past has changed dramatic...

Gay Activists Detained After Unsanctioned LGBT Rally In Moscow

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2016 | Queer Voices

MOSCOW, May 30 (Reuters) - Police broke up an unsanctioned gay rights rally in central Moscow on Saturday, detaining around 20 people, including ant...

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

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Russia Bans Trans People And Those With 'Disorders Of Sexual Preference' From Driving [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

UPDATE Jan. 16, 2015: Russian Health Ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai said the new restrictions will not affect transgender drivers, according to the A...

Neo-Nazi Known For Torturing Russian Gays Has Sentence Reduced

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich, who has reportedly made videos torturing gay men, has had his five-year labor camp sentence reduced to less than...

Elton John: 'It's Not Gay Propaganda. It's How I Express Life'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Elton John spoke out against Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" legislation during a performance in St. Petersburg this week. The legendary s...

The Surprise (Gay) Reason Russia Is Axing This Student Exchange Program With The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Russia has canceled a popular high school exchange program with the U.S. after a gay Russian student requested asylum based on his sexual orientation....

New Documentary Examines 'Hell For Homosexuals'

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Brian Lowry LOS ANGELES (Variety) - Deeply disturbing, HBO's "Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia" documents elaborate harassmen...

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

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

Johnny Weir Isn't Done With Russia Just Yet

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir is set to host a new documentary about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes that was partly shot i...

The Crazy (And Possibly Gay) Reason This Russian Politician Wants This Banknote Banned

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A Russian politician is referencing his country's "gay propaganda" law in hopes of overhauling the design of a banknote he's deemed pornographic. ...

WATCH: Gay Porn Mogul Tackles Russia's Anti-LGBT Laws For New Documentary

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Gay porn mogul Michael Lucas is tackling Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" laws as part of a new documentary. Lucas teamed up with director ...

Facing Death, Gay Couples Aim To 'Turn Straight' In Controversial NYC Play

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A controversial theater piece that explores the alleged persecution of Russia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community under Presiden...

A Queer Orthodoxy: Post-Soviet Russian Art Movement 'Club of Friends' Reunited in London

Kevin Childs | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Kevin Childs

And so was born a new "unofficial" underground movement, the New Artists or, as they would become known, the Club of Friends.

Is This The Craziest Response To Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Win?

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Russian lawmakers have proposed creating their own version of Eurovision after Europe's premier song competition was won by a bearded Austrian drag qu...

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

Greg Louganis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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...

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

Greg Louganis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Why Go to Moscow as a Gay Man Living With HIV/AIDS?

Greg Louganis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Greg Louganis

It was for that 17-year-old boy who was tortured, beaten and raped with beer bottles and pissed on for just being himself. He was forced to say he was a pedophile. How can a 17-year-old boy be a pedophile?

To Russia With Love: 'The Devotion Project' Celebrates the Gay Love Putin Wants to Hide

Antony Osso | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Antony Osso

These films are meant to give hope to LGBTQ youth and adults in Russia. I've held fast to the notion that I'd be feel more gratified if I focused on the variety and specificity of our love, rather than condemning other viewpoints.

Michelangelo Signorile

Vladimir Vs. Vladimir: Italian Transgender Activist And Ex-MP Recalls Russian Detention

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

“The second time, I was very afraid,” said former Italian member of parliament Vladimir Luxuria, about her detention in Sochi, Russia after she de...

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

Janet Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

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

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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