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Russia Tightens Security For Sochi Games

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Russian forces went on combat alert in Sochi and tightened restrictions on access to the Black Sea resort on Tuesday as part...

The Dark Secret Behind the Sochi Olympics: Russia's Efforts to Hide a Tsarist-Era Genocide

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

The origins of the recent bombings and the terror threat that hangs over the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi lies in this region once known as the "Graveyard of the Russian Empire." And ironically enough, it does have to do with freedom as Bush stated in his explanation, only in this case the Caucasian mountaineers' loss of their freedom.

My Daughter Is Becoming a Professional Revolutionary

Andrey Tolokonnikov | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Andrey Tolokonnikov

I'm sorry, but during the two years of harassment of the women from the punk band Pussy Riot, I finally lost faith in the Russian people and the hope that on this earth in Russia there will ever be something different. Nadia has not lost hope!

Pussy Riot Calls For Olympics Boycott

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 27 (Reuters) - One of two freed members of punk protest band Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, said on Friday their release was aimed ...

French President Skipping Winter Olympics In Russia

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2013 | World

PARIS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Neither President Francois Hollande nor any top French official will attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia's Sochi, Fore...

Olympics Officials Are 'Putting Their Head In The Sand' Over Russian Gay Law, Says Out Athlete

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Tennis star Martina Navratilova and U.S. basketball player Jason Collins said on...

Russia's Sending The Olympic Torch To Space

Agence France Presse | Kirill Kudryavtsev | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports

Three new crew members blast off Thursday for the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian rocket, taking with them the precious cargo of an Oly...

Putin Vows 2014 Olympics Will Be 'Comfortable' For Gay Athletes

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay and lesbian athletes and guests at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February will feel at ease d...

Why Johnny Weir Is Planning To Hold His Tongue On Russia's Anti-Gay Laws During The Olympics

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Johnny Weir might be best known for his over-the-top performances, but the openly gay U.S. Olympic skater has vowed to stay uncharacteristically tight...

Russia's Gay Community's Plea For The Sochi Olympics

Agence France Presse | Maria Antonova | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

While Western gay activists call for an outright boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi over a homophobic new law, the Russian city's discreet gay co...

Travel With The Olympic Torch

Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel

Monday kicked off the 39,000-mile trek the Olympic Torch will make across Russia before kicking off the Games on February 7. We were curious to s...

Thousands In Stockholm To Join Forces To Support Russian LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

"Live and Let Love," a new film project, is gearing up to show the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community of Russia they are not alon...

Olympics Officials Back Gay Rights, But Warn 'We Are Not A Human Rights Organization'

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Steve Keating PARK CITY, Utah Oct 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Olympic officials said on Tuesday they support amending the Olympic Charter to ...

Olympic Skier Slams Russia's Gay Law As 'Ignorant, Intolerant'

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Steve Keating PARK CITY, Utah, Sept 30 (Reuters) - While some athletes danced around Russia's anti-gay legislation on Monday America...

Russia Rewords Olympic Truce In A Way That Kind Of Rejects Anti-Gay Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

After lengthy negotiations with UN representatives, Russia has reworded its version of the symbolic "Olympic Truce" statement, The New York Times repo...

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...

To the International Olympic Committee, Some Kinds of 'Propaganda' Are Worse Than Others

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

If the IOC continues looking the other way when it comes to religious "propaganda" but punishing and silencing athletes who take a stand for LGBT equality under the guise of "political propaganda," it will be complicit in Russia's egregious human rights violations.

When Prejudice Dims the Flame

Joe Putignano | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Putignano

Recently, laws in Russia have questioned the morals of a sector of humanity, and I wonder how it has impacted the passion of our young athletes. If I'd known I was gay as a child and these laws were standing then, would it have turned me off the sport of gymnastics?

Is Russia's Anti-Gay Backlash An 'Invented Problem'?

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

* Lower house passed law banning "gay propaganda" in June * Attracted international condemnation, questions over Sochi *...

A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee: Move the Damned Games Already!

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

I am the father of 11- and 10-year-old sons. You are a parent to thousands of aspiring champions. You know that any of your children who are LGBT or pro-LGBT are at risk: A big, bad Russian bully has made it clear that he has it out for them. So what are you going to do about it?

A New Jackson-Vanik

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

This disturbing similar oppression of the LGBT community in Russia and that of Soviet Jewry should instruct us in how to respond.

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.

Could Something As Simple As Holding Hands Bring Change For Anti-Gay Russia?

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

Pride House International, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sports and human rights groups, has launched a campaign that calls fo...

The Assault on Russia's Gay Community

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Richard C. Harwood

The scenes from Russia remind us all about the preciousness and fragility of human dignity. We don't need to look to Russia to know this. But what's happening to Russia's gay community calls upon all of us to turn our attention to that nation.