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Putin Won't Meet Elton John To Discuss Gay Rights In Russia

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.26.2016 | World

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will not meet Elton John when he visits Russia this month because there is no appropriate time in ...

Homophobes and Transphobes Are Destroying America

Ace Robinson | Posted 05.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Ace Robinson

In the course of a day, nearly all LGBTQIA people in this country must be aware that their identity and even their sole existence may endanger their personal safety.

FIFA's human rights litmus test: Will it clean house?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Ridden by the worst corruption scandal in its history, world soccer body FIFA is breaking new ground by seeking to put United Nations guidelines for human rights at the centre of its activities.

The Frozen Conflict of LGBT Rights

András Simonyi | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
András Simonyi

One wonders whatever happened to the vigor with which the rights of LGBT people was put on the international agenda a few years ago.

LGBT Activists Plan For Next Battle

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

After the recent victories in the fight for same-sex marriage, some activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights found themselves wonde...

A New 'Gay Bar' Targets Russian Anti-LGBT Laws

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

HELSINKI (AP) — Two Swedish comedians say they built a reconstruction of the "Police Academy" gay bar on Russia-owned land in Finland to protest a R...

Vladimir Putin Swears He Didn't Call Elton John

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.16.2015 | World

"I can responsibly say that Vladimir Putin has not spoken to Sir Elton John.” A spokesman for the Kremlin released that head-scratcher of a statemen...

What It's Like To Be Young, LGBT And Vilified In Russia

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

New Yorkers can get a no-holds-barred look at Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth as part of Brooklyn's annual "p...

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...

Gay Activists Detained By Police At Russian Flash Mob

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2016 | Queer Voices

MOSCOW, May 17 (Reuters) - Russian police detained 17 protesters on Sunday as they gathered in central Moscow to release colorful balloons into the ...

LGBT Rights -- Modernity vs. Forces of Yesteryear

András Simonyi | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
András Simonyi

No matter what, we need to be clear about our vision on global LGBT rights, so we can develop a better strategy and translate it into a sound, reliable and realistic policy. We should act, be relentless and impatient when there is an immediate need to protect individuals across the globe.

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...

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

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Russian President Vladimir Putin's staunch anti-gay agenda isn't deterring prominent musicians within his country from embracing the love from queer f...

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

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

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 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. ...