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August 13, 2014

A pink LGBTI pride sequined ‘B’ in giant letters forming the word ‘Brisbane’ will greet Russian President Vladimir Putin when he touches down in the city for the G20 summit in November this year

The state government of Queensland, Australia wants to send a message about LGBTI tolerance and diversity to Russian President Vladimir Putin when he arrives in the state capital of Brisbane for this year’s G20 summit.

Earlier today Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, a prominent supporter of same-sex marriage in the Liberal-National Coalition, told a press conference in Brisbane that the city’s name would be spelled out in three metre tall (around 10 foot) letters during the G20, with the B reserved for a message about the importance of diversity.

July 2, 2014

Singer was 'making a point' about Russia's homophobic laws by having a backing dancer parade around with a rainbow thong

Russians are attacking Demi Lovato after one of her dancers, wearing a Vladimir Putin mask, kissed another man.

During a performance of her Pride anthem, Really Don’t Care, two of her male backing dancers shared a kiss.

One of them was naked apart from a portrait of Putin attached to his underwear.

Thousands of her fans tweeted using the hashtag #DemiHurtsRussianLovatics, saying they were angry about the incident.

July 1, 2014

The Kremlin has claimed no meeting is happening because they have not received an official invitation

Vladimir Putin has refused to confirm a meeting with Elton John, with the Kremlin claiming they have not received an official invitation.

The openly gay star defied protests and performed two concerts in the country last year amid the storm over the country’s law banning the promotion of homosexuality.

In recent interviews, the Rocket Man singer has said he has asked for a meeting with Putin to discuss the homophobic law.

June 25, 2014

On a visit to Vienna, the Russian president said he will look at the homophobic legislation and 'improve' it in the future

Vladimir Putin has said he will look at the homophobic laws in Russia and ‘improve’ them in the future.

The Russian president was in Vienna to meet with Austrian President Heinz Fischer to make a deal on a pipeline that will reportedly pump half of Russia’s gas supply to Europe from 2016.

At a press conference, he was forced to answer questions on human rights abuses in Russia.

‘There are stereotypes that exist regarding Russia, including on issues of sexual minorities, to a large extent…[are] a fictional idea,’ he said.

April 20, 2014

'I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples'

Ralph Reed, the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, thinks orphanages might offer better opportunities to children than same-sex households.

The US conservative activist was a guest on the ABC News show This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

A panel discussion dealt with the recent comments of Reverend Franklin Graham.

March 7, 2014

Uganda's Frank Mugisha, Russia's Igor Kotchetkov and Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant is in the running for the million-dollar prize

President Vladimir Putin will have to face off competition from gay rights activists to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, Russia advocate Igor Kotchetkov, Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant are among the record 278 nominees for the million dollar prize.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is also among the nominees.

Despite Russia’s actions in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Putin was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

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 25, 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.