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November 28, 2014

Vitaly Cherkasov was accosted by a group of men after leaving a courthouse where he had been defending activist Kirill Kalugin

The Moscow Times reports that a human rights lawyer has been attacked whilst leaving a St. Petersburg court.

The lawyer, Vitaly Cherkasov, was employed to defend an LGBT activist and says that one of his assailants is the aide to a local anti-gay lawmaker.

November 18, 2014

Recommendation comes after heavy criticism for holding 2014 Winter Games in Russia

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is recommending that sexual orientation become one of the protected classes listed in the non-discrimination policy of the Olympic Charter.

The IOC underwent heavy criticism for many months leading up to the Sochi Olympics this year because they were held in Russia, a country that has an anti-gay propaganda law.

The policy would be part of Principle 6 of the charter. The proposal will be considered at the full IOC meeting in Monaco on 8 December.

November 18, 2014

'When I think of Russia I think of the secret gay house parties I have been to kissing boys drunk on vodka and caviar'

Transgender rapper Mykki Blanco has penned a love letter to Russia after she was forced to change venue due to a police raid.

Police closed the Solyanka club in Moscow on Friday (14 November), hours before she was scheduled to perform there.

Fans speculated that Blanco had fallen foul of Russia's gay 'propaganda' law but she said the timing was coincidental.

Blanco is the transgender stage persona of Michael Quattlebaum Jr but he identifies as a gay man.

November 14, 2014

Transgender woman married her girlfriend last week

Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov is preparing a bill that would require brides and grooms to wear traditional attire after a transgender woman married her girlfriend in a dress last week.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova married at a St Petersburg registry last Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carrying bouquets.

November 12, 2014

Maxim Martsinkevich, known as 'Machete', will now be out of jail in under three years

A man who lured gay teens to a home, tortured them and reportedly drove several to suicide will now be free in under three years.

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, had his sentence in a labor camp reduced by over two years yesterday at Moscow City Court.

He was not jailed for pioneering the horrific videos in which gay teens are 'punished for their sins', which have been imitated by several others across the country, but for 'hooliganism'.

November 10, 2014

Statue was labled 'homosexual propaganda' after Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay

Elton John performed in St. Petersburg over the weekend and had a few things to say about the anti-propaganda laws that discriminate against LGBTI people in Russia.

John blasted the government for their recent removal of a statue of Apple founder Steve Jobs because his successor, Tim Cook, came out publicly as gay last month.

November 10, 2014

Transgender bride cannot change her gender on offical documents so the union is legal

Two women have become the first gay couple to register their marriage in Russia despite laws banning same-sex unions.

Alyona Fursova and Irina Shumilova arrived at a St Petersburg registry on Friday both wearing white wedding dresses and carried bouquets.

The Family Code of Russia states that marriage is 'a voluntary consent of a man and a woman' but the couple found a loophole in the law.

Fursova is transgender and on hormone therapy and despite looking and living as a woman, she is unable to change her gender on legal documents.

November 3, 2014

Nobody tell them about Alan Turing

A Russian memorial to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has been torn down as CEO Tim Cook has come out as gay.

The tribute, a giant six foot iPhone with a large screen and QR code showing moments from Jobs' life, was taken down by the company that funded its erection in 2013.

ZEFS claimed they needed to tear it down in order to abide by the law banning 'gay propaganda'.

The memorial was removed the day after Cook officially came out.

October 30, 2014

Vitaly Milonov: 'What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there'

Tim Cook has received widespread support after coming out publicly but his action has at least one public official in Russia calling for the Apple CEO to be banned from his country.

'What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there,' Vitaly Milonov, a member of the St. Petersburg City Council told the FlashNord website.

Milonov added: 'Ban him for life.'

October 28, 2014

Dozens of counter-protesters hurled tomatoes and insults at three LGBTI activists

Dozens of Russian nationalists hurled tomatoes and insults at three LGBTI activists on Sunday in the southern city of Lipetsk.

Two young women and a man were confronted at the central Cathedral Square by about 100 nationalists and conservatives as well as police officers deployed to prevent violence.

Protestor Reida Linn told LRNews that they were 'fighting homophobia, discrimination and violations of the Constitution and of the rights of LGBT people.'

She said it was not an authorized rally, which are subject to prosecution under Russian law.

October 27, 2014

The bill was passed in a landslide vote earlier this month

The United Nations human rights office has urged Kyrgyzstan to scrap a draft law that punishes the spreading of 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

The Kyrgyz parliament passed the Russian-style bill in a landslide vote at its first reading earlier this month.

October 21, 2014

'Dark Lady' singer supports documentary that showed LGBTI Russians being held hostage by anti-gay groups

Cher has paid tribute to LGBTI Russians, describing them as 'brave warriors' today (21 October).

The 'Dark Lady' singer and living legend also promoted a recent documentary, Hunted, which showed the plight of gay youth suffering under the country's anti-gay laws.

She tweeted: 'Sending Love 2 Our Gay Brothers & Sisters, Being Held Hostage in Russia.

'Their ONLY Crime is Being True 2Themselves!

'They R Brave Warriors.'

October 20, 2014

St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov wants all mail bearing erotic Tom of Finland stamps to be returned to sender and for Finns to not use the stamps when mailing Russia

An outspoken anti-gay Russian lawmaker is outraged that the Russian postal service has been allowing mail bearing Finnish stamps commemorating gay erotic artist Tom of Finland to be delivered and has declared them ‘gay propaganda’ in breach of Russia’s censorship laws.

October 15, 2014

The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-gay law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’

Kyrgyzstan lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a law that will punish 'gay propaganda' with up to a year in jail.

Earlier today (15 October), the bill passed its first reading with a vote of 79 to 7.

The bill, similar to Russia’s own anti-gay law, will make it illegal to spread information about ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ in the former Soviet country.

October 8, 2014

He may have banned gay propaganda, but he definitely hasn't banned tributes to how muscly and manly he is

Russian president Vladimir Putin has got a whole exhibition for his birthday painting him as a muscly, masculine hero defeating the evils of the world.

Comparing him to Greek mythical hero Hercules (also known as Hercules), the paintings are called 'The 12 Labors of Putin'.

The exhibit is being held by members of a pro-Putin Facebook group who have created the artwork, headed by a man named Mikhail Antonov.

October 7, 2014

Similar to Russia's own anti-gay laws, the European Union has described Kyrgyzstan's new gay propaganda bill as one of the most sweeping homophobic draft laws in the world

A Central Asian country has taken just four minutes to agree on an anti-gay bill that makes Russia look tame.

A key education committee in Kyrgyzstan, which used to be in the Soviet block and is still influenced by Russian politics, has approved the language of their 'gay propaganda' legislation.

On Thursday, the bill will receive its first reading. If the lawmakers approve it, then it will be signed into law by the president.

Now it has emerged that it has taken just four minutes for the committee to decide to approve the bill.

October 7, 2014

Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia receives its US TV premiere on HBO following its screening in the UK earlier this year

A film exposing how gay teens are lured, kidnapped and tortured in Russia received its US TV premiere on HBO last night (6 October).

Hunted: The War Against Gays In Russia aired to critical acclaim following its showing on UK television earlier this year.

Last year, GSN revealed how fascist leaders were spearheading the campaign against LGBTI teens.

October 2, 2014

Russia says the program bypassed laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage

Russia has suspended a long-running student exchange program with the US after a teenager stayed in the country under the guardianship of a gay couple.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) had helped the couple bypass laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage, and had not respected the 'moral and ethical principles of Russian society.'

October 2, 2014

Russia says the program bypassed laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage

Russia has suspended a long-running student exchange program with the US after a teenager stayed in the country under the guardianship of a gay couple.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) had helped the couple bypass laws banning adoptions from countries that recognize gay marriage, and had not respected the 'moral and ethical principles of Russian society.'

September 25, 2014

Gay rights activists say, even though the law has been upheld by the Constitutional Court, it could be the sign of change

Russia has upheld the gay propaganda law in the Constitutional Court. But gay activists believe the phrasing of the ruling could be key to finding an end to the federal law.

Earlier this morning, one of the highest courts in the country found the law that bans 'propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' to be constitutional.

Gay rights activsts Nikolai Alekseev, Yaroslav Yevtushenko and Dmitry Isakov filed a complaint after they were found in violation of the law and fined 4,000 rubles ($104, €82).

September 24, 2014

It states: 'A country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement'

After holding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia where there are anti-gay laws, the International Olympic Committee has added a non-discrimination clause to its contract with any future host city.

The three 2022 candidate cities are Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The IOC came under widespread criticism for allowing the most recent Olympics to be held in Sochi after a series of anti-gay laws were passed in Russia including one that made it illegal to show any kind of public support for homosexuality.

September 23, 2014

Whether you’re flying solo, with your partner or rainbow family, the Gay European Tourism Association offers some advice to keep safe and have fun on your European adventure

The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe.

GETA's new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries.

September 19, 2014

16 people are in hospital after Vitaly Milonov, as well as some anti-gay thugs, ruined the opening day of a LGBTI event in St Petersburg

Sixteen people have been hospitalized after the opening of an LGBTI arts festival in St Petersburg yesterday (18 September).

Thugs are alleged to have sprayed 'green paint' and to have released gas which forced those who breathed it in to seek medical help.

Vitaly Milonov, the co-author of the 'gay propaganda' ban in the Russian city, stormed the art gallery with other homophobic activists to help shut down the event.

September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'