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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 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 5, 2015

Vitaly Milonov is at it again

A Russian lawmaker has threatened to arrest UK singer Robbie Williams for saying he is '49% gay'.

The Angels singer is set to perform in St Petersburg in April, but there is definitely one person who will not be entertained.

Vitaly Milonov, the politician behind Russia's 'gay propaganda' law, has claimed Williams must be held 'accountable' for his actions.

'The concert organizers must talk to the singer and tell him he must not make a statement supporting homosexuals,' the lawmaker told Russian News Service.

February 5, 2015

'I will perhaps continue this joke by closing their gay club'

Russia's leading homophobe has lashed out at the lesbian club owner whose photos of her kissing another woman in front of him went viral.

The woman, only identified as Kseniya, and her partner were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

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.

December 26, 2014

Pictures of teachers hugging loved ones is being sent to officials in order to have them fired for 'immoral behavior'

A music teacher who worked with disabled children in St Petersburg was fired for being gay this month, the latest in a long line of educators who have become victims of Russia's 'gay propaganda' law.

Anastasia (not her real name) was called into the principal's office on 8 December. She was told that pictures of her hugging her girlfriend had been forwarded to the school and a demand she be fired for 'immoral behavior'.

The pictures and demand was also sent to local government officials.

December 25, 2014

Golden Enema 2014 ceremony held to highlight LGBTI rights

Russia’s worst homophobes have had their efforts rewarded in the Golden Enema 2014 ceremony.

The annual awards ceremony for the worst of the country’s LGBTI hate is organized by the Straight Alliance for LGBT equality in St Petersburg.

‘Gangster-fascists’ won their booby prize for tricking gay people to meet them and then making videos where they humiliate their victims. They also steal money and valuables and blackmail the people they entrap. Some victims have breakdowns or even commit suicide.

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 9, 2014

Trans woman and her wife want to change attitudes in Russia

A Russian gay couple who married in the fiercest way possible has reflected on their wedding and the consequences it could have the country.

Alyona Furvosa and Irina Shumilova married, both in stunning white gowns, in front of family and friends at a St Petersburg registry office last month.

The trans woman and her cisgender bride were allowed to marry through a loophole, with the city technically viewing the union as a heterosexual marriage.

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 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.

October 6, 2014

Get some northern exposure in Helsinki, where businesses are joining a gay network and the city welcomes LGBTI travelers with open arms

As summer comes to an end, my thoughts generally turn to travel destinations that can offer more than a beach and sunshine.

I’d like to think that I have an adventurous streak, and that I’m not afraid to try something new – but with so much publicity about LGBT rights in countries around the world, I’m also cautious about where I go, and who is the recipient of my hard-earned tourism spend.

I suppose what I’m most concerned about is receiving warm and genuine welcome.

October 3, 2014

Circus Rainbow is aiming to offer family-friendly entertainment to children and adults alike when it makes its debut in Florida later this month

Roll up, roll up… for the US’s first touring LGBTI circus.

Circus Rainbow will launch on 22 October 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida – with shows running twice daily until 2 November. These will include an afternoon performance aimed at kids and families, and an evening dinner show aimed at adults.

The concept was created by show business veteran, Philip Anthony, a Florida- based producer, promoter and entertainment manager whose career in the circus world stretches back over four decades.

September 29, 2014

16 people were hospitalized after being gassed and police tried to force venues to shut the event down but that didn't stop them

Thugs stormed their events and released gas. Police and politicians tried to shut them down. But the LGBTI people of St Petersburg have shown they won't be silenced.

For 10 days, the LGBTI rights organization Coming Out St Petersburg has attempted - and succeeded - in holding an arts festival.

They faced repeat attacks from thugs, leaving 16 people hospitalized on opening night. They also allege the police pressured every single venue to cancel their events in an attempt to ruin the week.

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 23, 2014

Yulia Volkova said she would 'condemn' a gay son as 'a man has no right to be a fag'

When fake lesbian t.A.T.u singer Yulia Volkova decided to out herself as homophobic, it may not have been the best career move in the world.

Earlier this month, she said she would not 'love a gay son' on Russian TV show Lie Detector.

After saying a 'man has no right to be a fag', the singer received a huge amount of international criticism.

When she took to the stage in St Petersburg on 20 September, it was expected she would apologize for her comments. And she didn't.

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 12, 2014

Local dance teacher, Ekaterina Khomenko, was found dead in her car - prompting a murder investigation and homophobic comments online

Many in the St Petersburg LGBTI community have been left shocked by the apparent murder of a local lesbian woman.

Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, was found dead in her car by a passing street cleaner early in the morning of 7 September.

Her body was discovered with a 9cm incision to the throat. The car's headlights were on and the engine was still running.

Police initially quizzed family members as to whether Khomenko had displayed any suicidal tendencies. However, the case is now being treated as murder.

September 8, 2014

Some of Gaga’s Little Monsters in Russia performed a tightly choreographed routine in tribute to their heroine

St Petersburg is not one of the more gay friendly places in the world. It was the first city in Russia to introduce anti-gay laws forbidding the promotional of ‘non-traditional’ relationships to minors before similar laws were rolled out nationwide in 2013.

July 27, 2014

An LGBTI pride was held in the Field of Mars park in St Petersburg, despite authorities telling gay groups they should use a dumping ground to celebrate pride

150 people gathered to attend an LGBTI pride event in a public park in Russia, despite being told by Russian authorities they should hold the event at a landfill site.

The event was held yesterday (26 July) at the Field of Mars park in St Petersburg, a public park where federal law decrees such an event was allowed to be held.

The pride rally was organized by gay rights group Ravnopraviye (Equality), even though they were banned from marching, because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

July 24, 2014

Officials have rejected every location that the organizers of St Petersburg’s LGBTI Pride rally have suggested, instead granting them permission to hold it in the middle of nowhere

Despite the Russian city of St Petersburg repealing its city-wide ban on so-called ‘propaganda of homosexuality to minors,’ officials are still working to frustrate the work of LGBTI activists in the city.

Organizers had hoped to hold an LGBTI Pride rally this Saturday, however by Monday this week city officials had rejected every location for the rally that was suggested to them.

However city officials offered their own alternative locations for the event.

One was a small village between a forest, a cemetery and a rubbish dump.

July 23, 2014

Group says ruling tells wider society that the idea of protecting the rights of LGBT people is something 'foreign', and, therefore unnecessary and even harmful

A Russian LGBT organization has been told by a St Petersburg court it must be registered as a 'foreign agent', a label that implies it is a spy operation.

Coming Out, a group helping LGBTI Russians, was told it was engaging in political activities on behalf of foreign countries.

Judge Naidyonova claimed the group is violating rights of ‘persons with traditional sexual orientation’ by distributing pamphlets that assert being gay is normal.