How’s Russia’s culture of homophobia was made in America

How’s Russia’s culture of homophobia was made in America – American reporter Rachel Maddow shows how the anti-gay religious right has exported their special brand of hate to Moscow, specifically how people like NOM’s Brian Brown have impacted Russia’s anti-gay legislation, and how the American religious right is helping to create “a virulently anti-gay Russia.”

Amnesty Tells Olympic committee: Pull Your Socks up over Sochi!

Amnesty International has voiced disappointment and frustration at the International Olympics committee’s (IOC’s) stance over the anti gay laws in Russia and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, following its declaration that the Russians’ assurance that gay and lesbian participants will not face discrimination is acceptable. “Russia’s law banning propaganda of ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ among minors is clearly discriminatory and in …

Leading Russian gay activist behind Moscow Pride dies

The leading Russian gay activist behind Moscow Pride, Alexey Davydov 36, has died in hospital after a short life dedicated to LGBT rights. Davydov passed away at 5.40am local time today (27 September) in the intensive care unit of a Moscow hospital after a prolonged illness.

John McCain in surprise condemnation of Putin's hate Laws

John McCain, defeated Republican candidate in the 2008 US Presidential election, has submitted an ‘op-ed’ piece to Russian neswspaper Pravda. While the piece was not published in Russia, it has been released on the English language website Pravda.ru. In it, McCain says “President Putin and his associates… don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents… they write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn”. Putin’s laws were then debated in the studio, where Stuart Milk was a guest.

LGBT rights, Latvian vodka and Putin’s Russia

Stephen Fry’s call for a boycott of everything Russian was widely reported, Cher won’t sing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. The prime minister raised the issue when meeting president Putin at the G20 two weeks ago. But it’s important that such solidarity is properly informed and doesn’t lead to unintended consequences – like the campaign started in the USA for boycotting vodka actually made in Latvia, not Russia.

Uzbek Man 'Raped with Bottle' on Latest Russian Vigilante Video

A video depicting a man being raped with a bottle has surfaced on social media, in what appears to be the latest assault on Russia’s beleaguered gay community. The series of short clips, making the rounds on the mobile phone application WhatsApp show the victim, who seems to be an ethnic Uzbek, being bullied into ‘confessing’ that he is gay. …