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March 7, 2014

Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who has defended gay propaganda laws as protecting Russian morals, had his name Travoltified on Channel 4 news

The Russian Foreign Minister was described as ‘so gay lover of’ in a subtitle blunder during a Channel 4 report.

Sergey Lavrov was the subject of a report discussing a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

And knowing the internet, the hilarious gaffe prompted a plethora of responses online.

‘I wager this was NOT an accident,’ one Twitter user said.

Another added: ‘So Gay Lover? Wahaha, Putin will go mental.’

‘Loving this!!! Sweet, sweet irony is just delicious,’ another user said.

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 19, 2014

Video shows members of performance art group being attacked in public plaza

Video of members of the performance art group Pussy Riot being attacked with horsewhips by Cossack militia emerged Wednesday and is quickly causing outrage.

The pro-gay, anti-Putin group was trying to perform in Sochi, Russia, under a sign advertising the Winter Olympics.

As they pulled out a guitar and microphone,  at least 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in.

The women chanted in Russian: 'Putin will teach you to love the Motherland,' the name of the song for which they had arrived in Sochi to make a new protest video.

February 17, 2014

Bravo's Watch What Happens Live host says his 'blood boils' whenever he sees Putin on TV

Andy Cohen, the openly gay host of Bravo channel's What What Happens Live talk show, refered to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a 'bastard' in an interview over the weekend.

During a piece on LGBTI equality on NBC's Meet the Press, Cohen was asked about Putin inadvertently hugging a gay gold medal speed skater from Holland.

Replied Cohen: 'We all get carried away in the magic and pageantry of the Olympics. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if that bastard did too? I mean, it would be. He put on a huge show. Learn something from it.'

February 14, 2014

Clare Balding, who has had to defend herself for not boycotting Sochi, jokes the Russian president will enjoy the double luge

Gay sports presenter Clare Balding has given President Vladimir Putin a hilarious dig live on the BBC.

The broadcaster, who is in Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games, was introducing the infamous double luge.

‘Now technically, this could be a mixed pairing. It could be two women,’ she said.

‘But historically it has always been two men because that’s the quickest way to get down the course.

‘Now I’m very much hoping President Putin is going to go up to the Sliding Center to watch this one in person.’

February 14, 2014

Parents of seven and eight-year-olds reported the school to the authorities after their children made Valentine's cards for their same-gender friends

A Russian school is being accused of gay propaganda after kids gave Valentine’s Day cards to other students of the same gender today (14 February).

To celebrate the day of love, a teacher in the city of Smolensk, western Russia, encouraged students aged seven to eight to make cards to each other – and it didn’t matter if they were given to a boy or a girl.

But when the students went home and told their families what they did in school, their parents were ‘shocked’.

February 14, 2014

Protests are being held around the world today to prove love can conquer hatred and fear

Russian president Vladimir Putin is being sent Valentine’s Day gay kiss protests from around the world today (14 February).

In cities around the world, gay rights activists are gathering today to show love can conquer hatred and fear.

From midday in London near the Russian Embassy, there will be a LGBT carnival with samba music and drag artists.

Some will also be wearing mocking the Russian president by wearing Putin masks.

To promote the event, they sent out an image of Putin kissing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

February 11, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has personally congratulated bisexual Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust with a ‘cuddle’ during a party that was held to celebrate her gold medal win

The first LGBTI athlete to win a gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics has been personally congratulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin and she says he gave him a cuddle.

Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust has been billed by much of the media as ‘the first openly gay gold medalist’ at the Sochi Games but she identifies as bisexual and has had relationships with both men and women.

February 8, 2014

After finishing his crusade in Sochi, anti-gay US preacher Larry Craft will go to New Orleans to protest gays, abortion, sex addiction, and 'church gossips'

An anti-gay US preacher is in Sochi to offer support to President Vladimir Putin.

Larry Craft, a resident of Rochester, New York, spent the opening day of the Winter Olympics passing out anti-gay pamphlets in downtown Sochi.

He told the Wall Street Journal that he, and two other men, were briefly held at a police station because their sign said 'God bless Putin for his stance on homosexuals.'

February 4, 2014

'Hello My Name is Vladimir' is the world's first 'protest beer' to be sold in stores and online

'Protest beer' mocking anti-gay laws in Russia is being sent to Vladimir Putin today (4 February).

A Scottish craft brewery believe they have launched the world's first 'protest beer', produced to fight against homophobic legislation.

BrewDog’s new craft beer, Hello My Name is Vladimir, is a double IPA ale containing Limmonick berries - an ingredient regarded by some Russians to enhance sexual performance in men.

The bottle is styled with a gaudy Andy Warhol-style label showing an image of the Russian president wearing lipstick and eyeshadow.

February 3, 2014

In an effort to protect children from 'Western values', Moscow Helsinki Group says Vladimir Putin is not doing what is in best interest for children

Banning gay propaganda in Russia is harming children, a Russian human rights group has said.

Moscow Helsinki Group, the oldest Russian human rights organization, has released a report on the situation of children in the country.

The report shows how Russia is disregarding the United Nations who believes countries must always act in best interest of the child.

But with the sharp rise in homophobia and anti-gay attacks in recent years, the MHG believes the quality of life for teens is at threat.

February 1, 2014

'A Sochi is a hole at the bottom of a boy'

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be inviting Potpourri of Pearls to headline a Moscow concert. The pop group has released a new song called Sochi and it's cheekily delightful.

The tune gives a new definition to the Winter Olympic city. Sochi now is either a verb or a noun, meaning 'a delightful anus' or 'to do butt sex' (according to the group's website).

January 29, 2014

A group of ballet dancers gathered outside the Russian Embassy in London to demand that President Putin puts an end to his discriminatory legislation

Ballet dancers staged a Swan Lake protest outside the Russian Embassy in London today (29 January), pleading with Putin to put an end to homophobic laws. 

To the tune of gay Russian composer Tchaikovsky's iconic 'Song of the Swans', two male and two female dancers pliéd in protest opposite the Russian headquarters.

Dozens were there, including GSN, for the protest organized by Amnesty International who were demanding an end to the crackdown on human rights in Russia.

January 26, 2014

1970s commercial selling love and Coca-Cola gets remade into protest about the Winter Olympics

Queer Nation New York continues to push against companies sponsoring the upcoming Sochi Games.

The activist group took on a  Coca-Cola commercial from the 1970's and spliced the song, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing, with clips of anti-gay violence in Russia.

January 22, 2014

Gays told singer they received threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up

Russian President Vladimir Putin described openly gay singer Elton John as 'an outstanding person [and] outstanding musician.'

Putin, interviewed by a small group of journalists over the weekend also said of the pop icon: 'Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation.'

John, who performed concerts in Russia last month, has responded to Putin's remarks with a blistering indictment of the controversial anti-gay laws the leader has championed.

January 21, 2014

'Please change this law - just be inclusive, champion everyone'

If Billie Jean King were to find herself face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, she knows exactly what she would say to him.

'Please change this (anti-gay propaganda) law,' the tennis legend tells ABC News. 'Just be inclusive - champion everyone.'

January 19, 2014

'It has nothing to do with persecuting people for their non-traditional orientation. My personal position is that society must keep children safe'

In an interview with a small group of reporters, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his country's ‘gay propaganda’  laws.

'It seems to me that the law that we have adopted does not hurt anyone,' he said in a 17 January interview, according to ABC News.

January 17, 2014

President has said Russia does not ban homosexuality, unlike many other countries who have passed homophobic legislation such as Uganda and Nigeria

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said gays will be welcome during the Olympic Games, but must stay away from children.

Speaking to volunteers today (17 January), LGBTI people ‘can feel calm and at ease’ while visiting Russia.

But he emphasized no gay person will be arrested as long as they do not speak to anyone underage.

Under the ‘gay propaganda’ law, the wording of the legislation specifically bans the promotion of ‘non-traditional relationships’ to children.

January 16, 2014

Russian president has attempted to stop the fears of next month's Sochi Winter Olympic Games in light of the gay propaganda law

President Vladimir Putin has vowed no athlete will be facing discrimination at next month’s Winter Olympics.

Hoping to ease international concern over a Russian law banning gay propaganda, he has offered his latest statement saying every athlete will be treated equally.

Speaking today (16 January), he said: ‘The Olympic Games will be held in full compliance with the Olympic charter, without any discrimination on any basis. Russia will be rooting for its own athletes of course, but we wish success to all the athletes.’

January 15, 2014

Actor says the US should have done more than just sending openly gay delegates to the opening ceremony

Star Trek star Chris Pine has said the US should have done more to protest against Russia’s gay propaganda law before the Sochi Olympics.

The US actor calls the legislation ‘clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense’.

‘I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there,’ the 33-year-old actor said.

‘What’s happening there in terms of gay rights or the lack of it is extraordinary and awful.

December 19, 2013

President has said, in another attempt to play down the controversy of the 'gay propaganda' law, Russia's top responsibility is 'equal conditions' 

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s top responsibility is to ensure ‘equal conditions’ for all the athletes at the Winter Olympic Games.

Speaking at his annual marathon news conference today (19 December), the Russian president has once again tried to play down the controversy of the ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

He said: ‘The main thing for us is the good organization of these competitions, the creation of equal terms for all athletes.’

The Olympics, to be held in Sochi in February, is being snubbed by a number of prominent leaders.

December 18, 2013

Outspoken 20-time Wimbledon champ is part of official US delegation

Billie Jean King, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, is part of the delegation that will be representing the US at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

King, 70, is not only one of the world's most famous athletes, she's also one of the world's most famous lesbians and a tireless advocate for LGBTI and gender equality.

"Honored to represent USA in Sochi and I hope these Olympics will be a watershed moment for the universal acceptance of all people,' King tweeted Tuesday (17 December) evening.

December 16, 2013

Central Station, Moscow’s largest gay bar, has been subjected to another attack, with the club’s roof dismantled this time – prompting the owner to write to Vladimir Putin to ask him to get the police to do their job

Moscow’s largest gay night club has been subjected to another attack, prompting the owner to write to Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask him to ensure police do their job and properly investigate.

The owner says the most recent attack on the Central Station nightclub on Saturday is just one of over 20 incidents against the establishment this year.

This time a group of around a hundred people occupied the building’s attic – dismantling the roof and stealing equipment.

December 12, 2013

In a speech to Russian parliament, the president says the law is seen as proof of Russia's 'morality' and 'conservatism'

Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s anti-gay laws in his annual address to the Russian parliament.

In a reference to banning gay propaganda, the Russian president said the law is seen internationally as proof of the country’s ‘morality’.

As Russia sees itself as a defender of conservative values against what it sees as an assault of ‘genderless and fruitless so-called tolerance’.

Considering his values to be ‘good’, he described the attacks on his laws as ‘evil’.