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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.

Another Nation Protests Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law

AP | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Obama Plans To Meet Gay Activists In Russia

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

MOSCOW -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists said Tuesday they have been invited to meet with President Barack Obama on the sidel...

Propagating Hate: Russia's "Gay Propaganda" Laws Revisited

Kevin Childs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Childs

The amendment to the Russian Federal Law, effectively banning the "propaganda" of same-sex sexual relations to minors, what are called "non-traditiona...

Could This Man Be Key To Russia's Gay Rights Battle?

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

* Moscow mayoral candidate says bans are unconstitutional * Navalny faces jail but is seeking office in capital * Putin ...

Michelangelo Signorile

MLK's Son Discusses His Father's Gay Rights Legacy

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

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” sp...

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?

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.

Procter & Gamble, Pull the Plug on TV Commercials in Russia!

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

The Russian government owns or is a major shareholder in most of Russia's television stations, so every time Procter & Gamble purchases an ad on those networks, the company puts money into the pockets of the Russian government and finances Putin's bloody crusade against LGBT people.

Russia's Queer 'Genetic Code'

Kevin Childs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Childs

Take a peek at Russia's past and you'll find a remarkably tenacious queerness. It has informed society, even defined revolutionary causes, and it once made Russia the most sexually tolerant place in Europe. For Putin to do justice to Russian identity, he should embrace its rich sexual diversity.

Russian Law Enforcement States That It Will Uphold Anti-Gay Legislation During Olympics

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

In the new but unfortunately not surprising development, authorities confirmed Aug. 12 that law enforcement officers would uphold Russia's controversi...

Stockholm's Russian Embassy Sidewalk Gets Rainbow Makeover From LGBT Rights Advocates (PHOTOS)

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Swedish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates offered their colorful stance on Russia's controversial anti-gay legislation ov...

How Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Could Affect Foreign Media

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK -- NBC is assuring its gay and lesbian employees who may cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi that it will do everything possible to keep them ...

Pro-LGBT Petition With Over 300,000 Signatures To Be Delivered To Olympic Committee

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

On Aug. 7, prominent LGBT advocacy organization All Out will deliver the culminating results of an international effort to condemn anti-LGBT legislati...

NYC Bar Owners Join Russian Vodka Boycott

AP | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK -- New York City bar owners poured bottles of Russian vodka into the streets of Manhattan on Monday in a protest against Russia's crackdown o...

Will Worldwide Boycotts Impact Russia's Stance On The Gay Community?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The worldwide boycott against Stolichnaya vodka in response to the Russian government’s anti-gay crackdown was the subject of a spirited "Rubin Repo...

Michelangelo Signorile

Stoli CEO Speaks Out On How Company Will Respond To Vodka Boycott

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

In his first U.S. interview since a worldwide boycott was launched against Stolichnaya vodka in response to the Russian government’s anti-gay crackd...

Boycott Russia? Here's a Better Idea

Gabe Zichermann | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gabe Zichermann

Though our best intentions -- and the classic protest playbook -- tell us that a boycott and international pressure is the best approach, Russia's economic and political insularity effectively shields them from any fallout. So what can be done?

Of Savage and Stoli: Should We Boycott?

Wayne Self | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Self

Russia and vodka are so closely linked that a major boycott carries heavy symbolic weight. Russia's economy benefits from the export of vodka worldwide, and a worldwide boycott by LGBT people and our allies might get the Russian government's attention.

Johnny Weir Sounds Off On The Possibility Of Gay Athletes Boycotting Russian Olympics

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir sounded off on pleas for a 2014 Sochi Olympics boycott in the wake of controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia. ...

WATCH: Russian Soldiers Share Steamy Gay Kiss In New Music Video

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

British indie-pop band Autoheart send an artistic message on Russia's infamous "gay propaganda" laws in the new music video for their single "Moscow."...

Bad News For LGBT Tourists In Russia

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Bad news for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers hoping to visit Russia, as foreign tourists will now be subjected to the same "ga...

Russian City Loses High-Profile Partnership Over Anti-Gay Law

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Venice is seeking to cut ties with its sister city St. Petersburg, reports ...

More Bad News For Russia's Gay Community

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

* Bill overwhelmingly approved by lower house * Russian police break up "kiss-in" over anti-gay law * Critics say bill i...