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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.

April 17, 2014

A group of international fashion icons and celebrities are protesting the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia by donning Pussy Riot style balaclavas in a new campaign in support of Amnesty International

Celebrities including Lily Allen, Kate Moss, Colton Haynes and Courtney Love have joined forces with a group of models and fashion designers in a new campaign in solidarity with Amnesty International and its campaign to protect LGBTI people in Russia.

The Proud To Protest project was the brainchild of English fashion designer Gareth Pugh and SHOWstudio photographer Nick Knight.

The first of the two videos was launched on 14 February to mark the start of London Fashion Week and the Sochi Winter Olympics and a second was released on 21 March.

April 16, 2014

Dozens of people were arrested under the gay propaganda law in Sochi, and activists are hoping this never happens again

Over 100,000 people have called on the IOC to ensure the Olympics are never hosted in an anti-gay country again.

While the International Olympic Committee has hinted the rules could be changed in the future, activists are hoping any homophobic countries will be stopped from reaping the rewards of hosting the Games.

The last Olympics in Sochi, Russia, drew a huge amount of international criticism. Dozens of people were arrested under the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

April 15, 2014

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, says he will help Crimea to rid their region of 'evil' like he did in Russia

A Russia lawmaker has called for the banning of gay clubs and social media pages in order to ‘rid the country of evil’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the gay propaganda bill that was made law, has said bars and dance venues for the LGBTI community are ‘destroying Russia’.

The politician who represents St Petersburg in the Legislative Assembly is currently in Sevastopol, a city in Crimea.

Authorities in the crisis zone peninsula told LGBTIs gay pride parades would be banned on the basis of the Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law.

April 12, 2014

Ivan Okhlobystin offered himself to the Russian police to help stop gay ‘biological heresy’

A homophobic Russian actor has pledged to eradicate gay people from Russia in a vile online rant.

Ivan Okhlobystin, 47, used his personal Vkontakte account, which is a popular social network in Russian-speaking countries, on 6 April to voice his support for the proposed ‘morality police’ in Russia and to further attack the gay community.

Okhlobystin, who is an actor and head of a mobile phone company, was angered by the Children 404 project, which offers support to LGBT teenagers in Russia.

April 4, 2014

Six judges in Kostroma, in western Russia, have ruled the city was wrong to ban a gay rights protest over 'propaganda' fears

In what is being described as the biggest gay rights victory in Russia yet, a ban on Pride was declared illegal today (4 April).

The Presidium of Kostroma Regional Court - the highest court in the region - has ruled two rallies held last year in June protesting against the nationwide ‘gay propaganda’ ban should have been allowed to go ahead.

The six judges heard from gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev as well as the western Russian’s city local government that banned the event.

April 4, 2014

Six judges in Kostroma, in western Russia, have ruled the city was wrong to ban a gay rights protest over 'propaganda' fears

In what is being described as the biggest gay rights victory in Russia yet, a ban on Pride was declared illegal today (4 April).

The Presidium of Kostroma Regional Court - the highest court in the region - has ruled two rallies held last year in June protesting against the nationwide ‘gay propaganda’ ban should have been allowed to go ahead.

The six judges heard from gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev as well as the western Russian’s city local government that banned the event.

April 2, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, Sherlock's co-creator says the UK should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights before the Sochi Winter Olympics

Gay actor Mark Gatiss has compared gay discrimination in Russia to Nazi Germany, in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The Sherlock co-creator and writer has reflected on the Sochi Winter Olympics that took place last month, saying we need to ‘keep the flag flying’ and pressurizing anti-gay countries.

Citing the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, Gatiss said the UK and other pro-gay countries should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights.

April 2, 2014

Gay rights activists suggest Russia could wait to enforce stricter laws against the LGBTI community after the country faced fierce international criticism

A Russia lawmaker has called for a ‘moral police’ to be instated to ‘deal’ with gay people.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, has said a new division in the police force would help improve stamping out ‘gay propaganda’.

The moral police squads are being proposed to combat propaganda of homosexuality, as well as stopping prostitution and gambling.

They would also ‘strike down’ those who offend religious believers for whatever reason.

April 1, 2014

Members of the European Parliament have expressed their concern over a proposed Russian style ban on so-called propaganda of ‘non-traditional relationships’ in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan

The European Union has expressed its concern over a proposed ban on so-called propaganda of non-traditional relationships in Kyrgyzstan – similar to Russia’s ban on any positive discussion of LGBTI issues in the public sphere.

On 26 March the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan published a draft bill that would impose tough sanctions for any speech or action aimed at creating ‘a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual relations’ – a euphemism for same-sex relationships.

April 1, 2014

Lesbian coming of age movie Blue is the Warmest Color has been accused of being pornographic gay propaganda in Russia and a group is seeking to have the film banned

Russia’s League of Safe Internet is seeking to have the Palme d’Or winning lesbian coming of age film Blue is the Warmest Color banned – claiming it constitutes child pornography.

The film depicts a relationship between Adèle a 15-year-old girl, and Emma, an art school student, but both actresses were over 18 when the film was shot.

March 31, 2014

As Amnesty appeals to people to make it part of their wedding celebrations, we share some of the inspiring work they are doing for LGBTI rights around the world

This year Uganda signed off on a draconian and degrading anti-gay bill which was later echoed in Nigeria, two men accused of homosexuality were put on trial in Zambia and in Russia homophobia flared and festered against a backdrop of the Winter Olympics.

At Amnesty we believe love is a human right. We are campaigning and fundraising hard to help improve the rights of LGBTI people all across the world from Uganda to Ukraine.

March 29, 2014

Franklin Graham: 'I believe in protecting children from exploitation - all exploitations'

The son of evangelist Billy Graham is questioning whether gay couples seeking to adopt children have more than pure parental intentions in mind.

'They can recruit,' Franklin Graham tells The Charlotte Observer.

'You can adopt a child into a marriage, but you can also recruit children into your cause,' he adds. 'I believe in protecting children from exploitation - all exploitations.'

March 26, 2014

The 2014 World Congress of Families that was to see far-right anti-gay groups from around the world descend on Moscow has been cancelled due to tensions between the Russia and the Ukraine – with US and European sanctions cited as why it can’t go ahead

US and European sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea may have had unintended consequences for some of the world’s most virulent anti-gay groups as the organizers of the 2014 World Congress of Families cancel their conference which was to be held in Moscow.

The group announced the cancellation of the conference yesterday in a press release, writing, ‘Planning on World Congress of Families VIII - the Moscow Congress … has been suspended for the time being.

March 25, 2014

A group of students celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the Russian city of Irkutsk have been attacked by homophobic thugs who assumed they were gay because some of them were wearing kilts

A group of students at an Irkutsk, Russia, language school have been attacked by homophobic thugs who thought they were gay because some of them had been wearing kilts.

The students were taking part in a flashmob event on Sunday celebrating St Patrick’s Day and were wearing Irish themed costumes and some had donned the traditional Celtic men’s skirt – leading the youths to believe the flashmob was a gay event.

March 15, 2014

Evangelist Franklin Graham has praised Vladimir Putin for his stance on gay rights, and criticised Obama for ‘turning [his] back on God’ over gay issues

Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his tough stance on homosexuality while criticising US President Obama for his ‘shameful’ acceptance of gay rights.

Russia’s anti-gay law, which bans the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations to minors, has been under heavy fire since it was passed last summer, particularly in the run up to the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

March 11, 2014

A gay Inuit Canadian man has launched a Facebook page in support of LGBTI indigenous Canadians after two Inuit politicians complained about the raising of a rainbow gay pride flag

Gay Canadian and Inuit man Robbie Watt has launched a Facebook in support of LGBTI indigenous Canadians in response to a number of Inuit local politicians saying it was against Inuit tradition to be gay.

The saga began when a rainbow flag was hoisted over Iqaluit City Hall in Nunavut territory on 11 February to highlight gay rights in Russia during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

That same night one of the city’s councilors, Simon Nattaq, complained about the flag, claiming that it was ‘not Inuit custom to be gay.’

March 9, 2014

Police arrest thugs armed with eggs, knives and crowbars who attacked protesters at a rally for equal rights for women and gay people in the Russian capital

LGBT protesters were pelted with eggs for holding rainbow flags at a rally for International Women’s Day in Moscow, Russia yesterday (8 March).

The rally, held from Samotechnaya Square to Suvorov Square in Moscow, included LGBT activists from Moscow’s Rainbow Association as well as around 100 other participants who held placards for equal rights and anti-sexism.

Shortly after the protest started, Russian police demanded any rainbow flags were immediately removed from the rally, but posters with anti-homophobia slogans were allowed to remain.

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 6, 2014

Russian president, who is involved in the Ukraine crisis and approves the country's homophobic laws, is nominated for the million-dollar prize

Despite the rampant homophobia in Russia, and the conflict in Ukraine, Putin is in the running to win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

A record 278 candidates, including 47 organizations, received nominations for the million-dollar prize.

He was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

Russia’s International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World, who also nominated the president last year, said Putin is more deservning than 2009 winner Barack Obama.

March 5, 2014

A new film will take a snapshot of the gay world through the eyes of 20-somethings in the hope of changing hearts and minds

National treasure and all-round nice bloke, Sir Ian ‘X-Men’ McKellen, was recently quoted as saying: ‘I’ve never met a gay person who regretted coming out.’

Nine out of 10 cats need the confidence of a safe environment in order to feel ready with those first steps out of the closet.

But how can anyone even begin to feel great about themselves when Uganda, Nigeria, India, Russia and various states within the US of A are passing legislation that makes it illegal to live a full LGBTI life?

March 4, 2014

'Basically, it's OK to hate now and you can get away with it'

Reflecting in her whirlwind trip to the Olympics in Sochi last month, sports icon Billie Jean King left inspired by the athletes but worried about the gay people who live in Russia.

King, 70, spent three days in Russia and attended the closing ceremonies as part of the official US delegation to the games.

While there, she met with a Russian teen who is gay and is getting bullied in an atmosphere where an anti-gay propaganda law has led to an increase in violence.

February 28, 2014

LGTBI activist Sarah Gibson explains why the International Olympic Committee must reconsider its views on transgender and intersex athletes

Much to the dismay of Russia, the Sochi games will not be remembered for its extravagant spending but for the opposition to Russia’s continuing human rights abuses against LGBTI people. 

In the run up to the games, principle 6 of the Olympic Charter has been widely quoted.

It reads: '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'.

February 25, 2014

A ‘POPlitical artist’ digitally remakes some of the world's most famous and infamous politicians into drag queens

Fierce and fabulous might not be words usually used to describe Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

But his transformation into Vladdy Pushin', with long lashes and a sparkling outfit, is nothing short of spectacular.

The drag transformation of the famous politician, along with other controversial world leaders, is part of an image series by artist Saint Hoax, who uses the subjects to draw parallels between the process of becoming a drag queen to the process of becoming a popular politician.