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U.S. Olympics Star Slams Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices

* 'Disagrees' with law but will not comment in Moscow * Obama adds voice to criticism of legislation * British actor com...

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

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices

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

Preparing for a Less Stable Russia

William Courtney | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
William Courtney

The Snowden affair has thrown Russia into the limelight, but longer-term issues deserve more attention -- the country's swerve toward authoritarian rule and diminishing political stability.

NYC Bar Owners Join Russian Vodka Boycott

AP | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay 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...

Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Should Be 'Supported, Celebrated,' Pundit Claims

Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices

True to form, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer sounded off on Russia's "gay propaganda" legislation, saying the controversial laws shou...

Weeklings!: Let's Honor Russia's Gays (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

Let's not forget that our gay brothers and sisters still live in Russia, and this Weeklings! is for them. It's a rundown of Russia's great and arguably gay cultural history. Putin can't erase the cartoonish, deeply LGBT glamor of furs and Chekhovian leading ladies.

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

Posted 08.02.2013 | Gay 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...

#DumpStoli Is Bullshit

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan J. Davis

A boycott of Russian vodka (specifically Stoli) won't do anything to stop Russia's crackdown on LGBT people. It's this kind of fake activism, all tactics with no strategy, that hurt progressive causes in the long run. People feel like they've done something of value when they haven't.

Michelangelo Signorile

Harvey Fierstein: It's Time For Russia To 'Stop F**king With' The Gay Community

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein says it’s time to let the world know that the LGBT community is “too dangerous to mess with” and that “R...

Michelangelo Signorile

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay 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 09.29.2013 | Gay 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?

The Ripple Effect Of Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 09.28.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose bo...

Of Savage and Stoli: Should We Boycott?

Wayne Self | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay 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.

Russian Neo-Nazis Allegedly Lure, Torture Gay Teens With Online Dating Scam

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.07.2013 | Gay Voices

A neo-Nazi group in Russia has apparently enacted a disturbing campaign against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth by allegedly using a popu...

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

Posted 07.26.2013 | Gay 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: A Haunting Look At Gay Russian Life

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 07.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Russia's politics of late can be summed up as homophobic at best, between the gay adoption ban and the recent bill signed into law by President Vladim...

Love Is Traditional, Russia: Fighting Hatred and Promoting Acceptance

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Even if I weren't bisexual, I'd find Russia's anti-gay policies incomprehensible. I don't understand how promoting or showing love of any sort can be wrong. I don't understand how raising children to be open, accepting, and loving of their fellow human beings can be wrong.

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

Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay 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 07.11.2013 | Gay 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...

LOOK: Tilda Swinton Makes Major Gay Move In Russia

Posted 07.05.2013 | Gay Voices

A photograph of Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton defending Russia's beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by ...

A Major First For Russia's Gay Community In NYC

Posted 07.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Russia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community continues to face increasing levels of persecution in Moscow and St. Petersburg. But ...

Conservatives Laud Russia's Anti-Gay Bill

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- As the hub of the Soviet Union, Russia was reviled for rights abuses by many U.S. conservatives during the Cold War. Now some are voicing ...

U.S. Should Not Boycott Russian Olympics Over LGBT Rights

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

The state of LGBT rights in Russia is disgraceful. It's good reason to petition the president for sanctions on Russia or protest in front of the UN. But Russian LGBT rights have nothing to do with the athletes who have put in years of sacrifice and hard work to reach their "one moment in time."

To Russia With #VirtualPride

Cooper Smith Koch | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Cooper Smith Koch

Last year, a law was passed in Russia that made it illegal to hold LGBT pride parades for 100 years. But that's not stopping our LGBT Russian comrades, or any of us outside Russia, for that matter, from lining the streets of Moscow to celebrate all things LGBT -- virtually, at least.

Russia To Ban Gay Couples From Adopting

AP | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices

MOSCOW — Russia is on its way to sharply limiting the adoption of children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage. Under a measu...