01/23/2014 05:52 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Russia's Gay Laws, Putin's LGBT Stance Discussed By Activists At Davos Panel

Russia's controversial "gay propaganda" laws were discussed at length as part of an LGBT rights panel sponsored by The Huffington Post and Microsoft on the second day of the 2014 Davos Annual Meeting.

The panel included Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, who described being forced to leave Russia because she's openly gay.

"I had been living in Russia as an openly lesbian person for the last 20 years, and I just had to leave basically to save my family," she said. "I feel like I've gotten whiplash from the sense of time shifting into reverse just in the last couple of years as the Kremlin has unleashed an unprecedented campaign of hatred."

Also speaking during the panel were J-FLAG Executive Director Dane Lewis, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Elliott Management Corporation founder Paul Singer, Third Point founder Dan Loeb and Alice Nkom, a lawyer and LGBT activist from Cameroon.



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