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Gay Activists Detained By Police At Russian Flash Mob

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | 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 ...

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...

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.

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?

Gay Russian Athletes: 'Sports Is A Human Right'

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Katya Golubkova MOSCOW, March 1 (Reuters) - Disruption and police intrusions marred Russia's first open Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and ...

Here's How to Get McDonald's to Send 'Gay Propaganda' to Sochi's Olympic Village for You

Scott Wooledge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Wooledge

Although McDonald's has abandoned the #CheersToSochi hashtag, the Cheers to Sochi campaign website is still up and functioning and, according to their press and social media updates, still a conduit to talk to Olympic athletes and teams behind Putin's Lavender Curtain.

Was This Transgender Italian Ex-Lawmaker And Activist Detained At The Olympics?

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — An Italian gay-rights activist said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow fla...

Olympic Campaign On Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Fizzles

AP | TIM DAHLBERG | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A campaign to draw attention to Russia's anti-gay laws isn't gaining traction among Olympic athletes, who so far have avoided s...

9 Ways You Can Help Support LGBT Equality In Russia During The Olympics

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact

Viewers of the Sochi Winter Olympics have the opportunity to send a clear message to the LGBT community in Russia: while their cause might not be seen...

WATCH: Stephen Fry's Wonderful Advice To Russian LGBT Activists

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

ANIMAL New York caught up with Stephen Fry recently to ask the writer/activist/actor about the fight for LGBT rights in Russia. Fry -- whose BBC d...

How Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Is Being Enforced

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

MOSCOW (AP) — When the Sochi Winter Olympics begin Friday, many will be watching to see whether Russia will enforce its law banning gay "propaganda"...

An Unlikely Target Of Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law?

Agence France Presse | Marina Koreneva | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The founder of a Russian website set up to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers said Wednesday she had been charged under a controversial la...

Elton John CItes Moscow Visit In Rebuking Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Law

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(Adds Russian prime minister's remarks) By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Pop singer Elton John spoke out ...

LGBT Celebs, Media Figures Join 'Uprising Of Love' Hangout Series For Russia

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A weeklong series of Google+ Hangouts called "Uprising of Love Hangouts on Air" will kick off Jan. 21, tackling a number of hot-button issues pertinen...

Detained By Police...For A Rainbow Flag?

AP | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

MOSCOW (AP) — A gay Russian protester has been detained for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometow...

International Gay Rights Foes: If You Can't Beat Them, Beat Them Up

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Besen

By now it should be evident that the LGBT movement always wins when it is allowed to make its case. Sure, progress comes in fits and starts, and it mi...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Jabs Putin, Picks Openly Gay Delegates For Winter Olympics In Russia | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his delegates to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. And, in what may be a thumb...

The Rings Stand for Inclusion. So Do We, and So Can You!

Udi Behr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Udi Behr and I are starting the "Missing Link" campaign to help raise awareness about the injustices that the LGBT community in Russia is facing on the eve of the Olympics in Sochi. Like my company, I am committed to fighting for inclusion and ending discrimination against all people.

(We Are) #GayPropaganda

Kevin Dolan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Dolan

(We Are) #GayPropaganda looks to provide the international community with the tools and language needed to make their opposition to Russia's anti-LGBT oppression heard during the Winter Olympics. Our ultimate goal? To blanket social media and raise a new kind of global awareness.

Thomas Roberts Will Go To Russia Despite Anti-Gay Laws

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 10.17.2013 | Media

MSNBC's openly gay anchor Thomas Roberts announced on Thursday that he will head to Russia in November to co-host Miss Universe in Moscow, despite Rus...

An Open Letter to President Putin From a Gay U.S. Athlete

Richard Alther | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard Alther

Did I lose you with the "gay" bit? Let me explain. Love it or hate it, since time immemorial, there is likely one guy or gal out of every 10 who is gay. Lots of former Olympians compete in Gay Games. And -- finally getting to the point -- lots of gays compete in the Olympics.

WATCH: Bystanders Try To Prevent Arrest Of Russian LGBT Protestors Until...

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

A new video, which emerged online today, offers a glimpse of the protest by and eventual arrest of a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (...

Striking Photo Series Profiles 7 LGBT Couples In Russia

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.03.2013 | Arts

"Today, we love living in Saint Petersburg, but understand that people like us can’t have a quiet life here," Dasha and Victoria, two twentysomethin...