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

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices

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

Vladimir Putin's 'Official DJ' Loves His Gay Fans

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.19.2015 | Gay Voices

Russian President Vladimir Putin's ...

American-Born Star Of Russian TV Puts Career On The Line By Coming Out

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices

The American-born star of a hit Russian series is risking his television career by coming out as gay. Odin Biron, 30, who stars in the sitcom "In...

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

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.16.2015 | Gay Voices

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

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Yevgeniy Fiks and 'The Lenin Museum' at CUNY's James Gallery

Perry Brass | Posted 03.07.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

A kind of Russian mystery one would expect out of Gorky Park is unfolding at the James Gallery in a show of paintings and installations by Russian-born painter and conceptual artist Yevgeniy Fiks entitled "The Lenin Museum."

Winning the Right to .GAY: a Global Call to Action

Anne Stockwell | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Anne Stockwell

Within the next two weeks, the governing body of the Internet will rule on who gets to operate the new domain .GAY. I'm concerned that this decision is about to go badly for LGBT people.

Neo-Nazi Known For Torturing Russian Gays Has Sentence Reduced

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 11.13.2014 | Gay 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 11.11.2014 | Gay 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 10.06.2014 | Gay 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 12.04.2014 | Gay 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 10.02.2014 | Gay 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 08.01.2014 | Gay 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 07.09.2014 | Gay 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. ...

Does Gay Pride Matter?

Slava Mogutin | Posted 08.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Slava Mogutin

When I first arrived in New York nearly 20 years ago, one of the most vivid impressions of my new home city was the first Gay Pride parade I saw. After being thrown out of my country for speaking out on gay issues, seeing such a massive and festive demonstration of freedom and unity was a total revelation for me.

LGBT Rights: Not Just a #FirstWorldProblem

Steven Wozencraft | Posted 08.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven Wozencraft

The movement for international LGBT rights is not going to be won overnight. And while meetings in Stockholm or Washington, D.C. are important, the real work is being done by the on-the-ground activists in countries like Uganda, India, Myanmar, Lebanon, and Russia, many of whom risk their lives on a day-to-day basis.

My Recent Trip to Russia

Wayne Maines | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

The more I researched the status of LGBT rights in Russia, the more I came to the conclusion that I must keep my family history top-secret. I could not discuss transgender children or transgender rights without real risks. It seemed surreal to think that I might create a "situation" abroad.

What Frightens the Russian Hetero Male

Jason Howe | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

They used to call the line between east and west the Iron Curtain. As of last week, you could call it the Sequined Curtain.

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

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.10.2014 | Gay Voices

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

Parade Honoring Eurovision's Conchita Wurst Axed Over Possible LGBT Clashes

AP | Posted 05.16.2014 | Gay Voices

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists' application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this yea...

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

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay 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...

Conchita Wurst's Eurovision Triumph Is 'The End Of Europe,' Russian Official Claims

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices

Victory for Austria's bearded transvestite Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest prompted an outpouring of anti-gay anger from Russian politic...

Michelangelo Signorile

Harvey Fierstein: Heterosexual 'Doesn't Mean You're Normal'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.11.2014 | Gay Voices

“The biggest thing I learned is that there’s no such thing as normal,” proclaimed Harvey Fierstein, talking about his new hit play “Casa Valen...

Putin Has a Vision and a Strategy, The West Seems to Have Neither

András Simonyi | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
András Simonyi

Putin's tactic is "two steps forward, and one step back". When he takes a step back, the west rejoices, but we should be very careful and watchful. For Putin is preparing the next steps.

We Must Stand for Those Being Pushed Deeper Into the Darkness

Elton John | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Elton John

We can only get married because millions of people took a stand to defend and protect us. The gay people of Brunei -- and Russia, and Uganda, and many other countries -- need us to take another stand today.

Global Criminalization Of Homosexuality, From Dan Savage (VIDEO)

Posted 05.05.2014 | MarloThomas

In the wake of Uganda's recent criminalization of homosexuality, Dan Savage, Host of Savage Lovecast, addressed the highly charged topic of anti-gay l...