Don't Boycott Sochi, Says LGBT Sports Group

Pride Sports, the UK’s leading group for LGBT particpation in sport, has joined other LGBT sports campaigners internationally to call for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to set up a Pride House in Sochi in 2014. Despite the Russian ban on the promotion – or even mention of homosexuality and the subsequent violence and intimidation delivered on LGBT individuals by …

YouTube Removes Russian Homophobic Attack Video

A YouTube video depicting an attack on a Russian gay teenager has been lifted after it went viral. In the video, which appears to have been shot in the winter in the suburbs of a Russian city, a 15-year-old boy has been lured to a meeting place by the fictional online persona “Uncle Dima.” However, once he is there he …

Cashman: Putin's Hate Speech Caused Murders

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men”. Several violent homophobic killings have taken place in Russia since the start of 2013 – the most recent involving a 39-year-old man …

Warsaw Pride

Warsaw pride took place on June 15th. Here is Pride Solidarity’s Claire Dimyon’s account of the march and parade: 8-9,000 participants partied along a 5km route through central Warsaw shutting down the transport systems for a while, taking the Polish capital by storm. Participants also included LGBT from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and a vigil/demo was held at the Russian …

Pride in the East

Kiev Pride went ahead and history was made on Saturday when 100 or so LGBT people and their allies marched in Kiev to celebrate Ukranian pride. The march was protected by the police and coaches took the particpants to a safe place afterwards to protect them from the mainly Orthodox Christian protesters. Meanwhile Nikolai Alexeyev was arrested as usual for …

St. Petersburg QueerFest Goes Ahead

This moving and impressive video from YouTube shows the St. Petersburg QueerFest going ahead in September despite the ban on the promotion of homosexuality. Using social network sites  as the only means of promoting the event – so as to stay within the law – the organisers managed to hold the event and exceed expectations. If you do watch the video …

Church helps Putin Revive Stalinism

The Russian Orthodox Church helped Vladimir Putin to return to the dark days of Stalinism in a black day for the LGBT community yesterday. Demonstrations took place around the world – including London – against the two year sentences for Pussy Riot members for hooliganism. The women have already been in custody for five months. Meanwhile, judges in the Russian …

Tatchell Tells Olympic Committee to Do Its Job

Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell demanded the International Olympic Committee take Russia to task for their illegal and unilateral decision to ban Pride House from the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. At a protest held outside the Sochi reception tent next to Albert Memorial during the London Olympics, Tatchell voiced his outrage at the Russian decision and reminded everyone how many …

If Ever You Feel Down…

While we shed tears of joy, jubilation and frustration over the Olympics, let’s save some emotion for the fantastic courage and indefatigability of those who organised Pride in Uganda. Despite new draconian laws and a mid-pride police raid, the event went ahead and people came with their children to be entertained by the songs and displays. To read the full article and …

Stop the Ban Says Tatchell

Peter Tatchell has organised a protest against the Russian Olympic ban on LGBT Pride House, following Russia’s decision to outlaw a LGBT Pride House at Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. The protest will be held outside Sochi Exhibition in Kensington Gardens, London Meet 10.30am Thursday 9 August Albert Memorial Kensington Gardens, Opposite Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore London SW7 Map: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=albert+memorial+london+england&ie=UTF-8