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March 3, 2015

Russia is furious that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ordered that all UN employees in legally recognized relationships should have equal partner benefits regardless of where they are working

The Russian Government has warned it may intervene at the United Nations to stop gay and lesbian employees of the UN receiving equal partner benefits regardless of the laws of the country they are working in.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued an administrative order in June last year so that all UN employees who were in relationships that had been legally recognized by a member state could receive equal benefits no matter where they were working.

February 27, 2015

The men claim they stabbed the man after he sexually propositioned them

Two men have been arrested near Saint Petersburg, Russia, over the murder of a gay man. 

The body of a 38-year-old man who had been stabbed 26 times was found on Monday night in a town in the Vsevolozhsk region of Russia. 

Police have arrested two men – aged 20 and 21 – this week in connection with the murder, which officials believe took place following a heavy night of drinking. 

February 27, 2015

The club's management are being investigated after an anti-LGBTI group sent complaints about them to the local prosecutor's office

A lesbian nightclub in Russia is under investigation after a picture of its owner kissing another woman went viral.

Last month, the owner of the club, only identified as Kseniya, and her partner were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

Milonov, an outspoken critic of gay rights, was instrumental in the creation of Russia's infamous anti-gay propaganda law. 

February 17, 2015

Scott Lively is currently on trial for crimes against humanity

Abiding Truth Ministries pastor and author of The Pink Swastika, Scott Lively, is upset that the media label him ‘anti-gay’ because of his years of actively campaigning against the rights of LGBTI people.

Lively is currently being sued in the US Federal Court by Ugandan LGBTI activists over his role in convincing Ugandans to pass strict laws further criminalizing gays and lesbians and he has praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin over his regime’s laws against so-called ‘homosexual propaganda.’

February 12, 2015

A colleague's offensive comments on gays prompted the actor to reveal his sexuality 

The American star of a hit Russian sitcom has risked his career by coming out as gay.

Odin Biron stars as Phil, an American doctor trying to negotiate his life in Russia, in one of the country's most popular TV programmes, a medical sitcon somewhat similar to Scrubs called Interns.

The actor, born and raised in Minnesota, has been the shows’s star for the past four years and felt the need to come out after his co-star, Ivan Okhlobystin, made offensive comments.  

February 12, 2015

'A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story'

This is a picture of Jon and Alex, a gay couple in Russia during a quiet moment.

And this incredibly initmate and atmospheric image won the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 today (12 February).

Photographed by Danish photographer Mads Nissen, it is part of a larger project called Homophobia In Russia highlighting what life is like for the LGBTI community under anti-gay laws.

February 8, 2015

Gay singer has recently pledged to do more to help LGBTI rights

Sam Smith has said he will never perform in Russia over its anti-gay laws.

The gay British singer said he would boycott any concert or gig in Russia because of the country's treatment of LGBTI people.

It comes as fellow British singer Robbie Williams could get fined for performing in St Petersburg in April after he made a joke that he was '49% gay'.

February 6, 2015

Anti-LGBTI activists have held a rally in Bishkek where they claimed gay people were linked to pedophiles as lawmakers prepare to debate the controversial piece of legislation again

A controversial bill that would ban ‘homosexual propaganda’ will be debated by the Kyrgyzstan parliament before the end of the month in the latest step in the former Soviet Central Asian nation to pass a similar law to the one passed by Russia in 2013.

The Kyrgyz bill would see people imprisoned for up to a year for disseminating ‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,’ including journalists who cover LGBTI issues in a positive light.

February 5, 2015

The London-based singer shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Born in Zambia, Rozalla Miller began pursuing a musical career when she moved to Zimbabwe as a teenager.

It was 1991 when Rozalla stormed the world's music charts with her massive hit 'Everybody's Free'.

'Everybody's Free' has become a dance anthem, remixed and re-released on a regular basis across the decades.

Now living in London, Rozalla continues to make music and continues to tour and perform around the world.

We caught up with her recently to share some feel-good travel stories. 

February 3, 2015

Author of the country's gay 'propaganda' law hides behind his tablet

Photos of two lesbian activists kissing in front of the author of Russia's gay 'propaganda' law have gone viral in the country after they were posted on social media Sunday (1 February).

One of the women, only identified as Kseniya, explained that they were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

'Who’s that in the background??? MILONOV! And we don’t give a fuck! We’re flying to our favorite club, Infinity,' she wrote on Instagram, referring to the lesbian club she heads.

January 24, 2015

Conviction of Children-404’s Lena Klimova proves hideous law is alive and well

Lena Klimova, the founder of LGBTI kids’ support group Children-404 in Russia, is the latest victim of the country’s controversial ‘anti-gay propaganda law’.

The social worker has been fined 50,000 rubles ($780, €700) by the Russian courts for creating the online community group in March 2013.

The website encourages young people to share experiences of how it feels to grow up as an LGBTI person. It’s said Klimova, who was previously acquitted of the same charge, did not have access to legal counsel before her conviction.

January 15, 2015

Health Ministry advises driving bans will only be given out in extreme conditions

Russia will allow trans people to drive.

Following a legal decree saying all people who suffer from a 'mental disorder' should stay off the road, a government official has said being trans is not enough of a 'disability'.

Last week, the government announced that anyone suffering from a 'sex disorder' would be ordered to give up their driving license.

January 15, 2015

Finnish Olympian Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out publicly as gay in February of 2014 at the height of his career to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia and he has now been named Sports Role Model of the Year

Finland has recognized its most prominent openly gay athlete as a national sporting role model during an annual sports gala recognizing the best sporting achievements for 2014.

25-year-old Finnish swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out as gay in February to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics in what many said was a brave mood for an athlete at the top of their career.

January 11, 2015

Warns that the ban 'risks exacerbating an already hostile climate against LGBTI in Russia', calls for immediate removal of ban

The Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, has criticized Russia's new law on road safety that prohibits transgender people from obtaining a driver's license to be 'ridiculous' and 'unlawful'.

January 9, 2015

Erasure frontman on his travel heaven and hell – from sexy skiing holidays to being robbed in the Canaries...

What's been the most random destination you've visited?
I would have to say Japan but it was a long time ago. It's bizarre not being able to read or write or ask for directions to anywhere.

Where has been your best holiday and why?
My best holiday is just going to my house in Mallorca and chilling. Whenever I'm in Tampa, it's always very laid back and the food is great.

January 9, 2015

Listed among the 'mental disorders' that also include fetishism, exhibitionism, compulsive gambling and stealing

Russia has banned transgender people from getting drivers licenses.

The government is blaming too many road accident for the move that lists being transgender as one of the 'mental disorders' that should prevent people from driving.

Other 'disorders' include fetishism, exhibitionism, voyeurism, compulsive stealing, and 'pathological' gambling, according to the BBC.

January 5, 2015

One was treated at hospital for his injuries

A group of Russian thugs stormed a gay club on 3 January, injuring several people there on a night out.

The unknown number of men bypassed the security at Fantom in Togliatti, a city in southwestern Russia.

At least one of the customers was hospitalized with serious injuries, local media reports, with at least three recieving medical care after being attacked.

Police say they currently have no suspects.

Konstantin Golava, a local gay activist, demanded a full investigation into the crime and to finally bring homophobic thugs to justice.

December 19, 2014

'If I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death'

Openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers has slammed FIFA for its ‘insane’ decision to stage the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The LA Galaxy midfielder Thursday (17 December) said the decision put gay players and fans at risk if they traveled to the two countries for the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

'I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane,' he told Sky Sports.

December 16, 2014

'We found 20 teenagers there that were practically having sex on the stage'

A notoriously homophobic lawmaker raided a gay club in St Petersburg on Saturday night after complaints from parents that their underage children were 'trapped' in the venue.

Vitaly Milonov stormed a fetish party at Central Station club with a film crew from a local news site, the Moscow Times reported.

December 16, 2014

This happened in February, and the effects are still being felt today

The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center of a civil rights firestorm.

Even though it happened in February, the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach the end of the year.

December 14, 2014

‘The Olympic Committee had a huge responsibility in Sochi and they didn't stand up for human rights,’ says Anja Paerson

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been slammed for not supporting and defending LGBTI athletes.

Swedish skier Anja Paerson made the comments when reflecting on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in which many gay athletes and spectators did not feel safe in the wake of the Russian ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Paerson, who is now retired, felt the IOC did not do enough to stand up for gay athletes.

December 12, 2014

Take Me To Church has been streamed more than 87 million times

A protest song against Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws is Spotify's most streamed single in 2014.

Take Me To Church by Irish singer Hozier has had more than 87 million streams to date on the music platform.

Also nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys, the gay rights anthem has also logged more than 40 million views for the video version on YouTube.

The video shows a young gay couple fleeing an angry mob in Russia.

December 10, 2014

App's Best of 2014 Awards find Clinton 'Straight Ally of the Year' and Vladimir Putin 'Enemy of the LGBT Community'

Hillary Clinton has not yet formally announced her candidacy for President of the United States but she can already count on one block of voters.

Grindr users voted the former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady the 'Straight Ally of the Year' in the app's third annual Best of Awards.

In contrast to the support Clinton received, Russian President Vladimir Putin was voted 'Enemy of the LGBT Community' - no doubt for his championing of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.

December 8, 2014

New rules imply that any host city will have to prove they do not actively discriminate against gay people

The Olympics has taken a huge step forward in protecting gay rights.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved Proposal 14 of the Olympic Agenda 2020 to include non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation in Principle 6 at a vote in Monaco today (8 December).

Principle 6 originally read: 'Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.'