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November 9, 2014

The mayor of the Ukranian capital was asked to support the fight for human rights after a man threw a smoke grenade into a theatre that was screening a LGBT film last month

Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kiev and who is described as a 'dedicated social activist' by the Eurocities2014 website, has said that he considers human rights to be a good thing but he is not going to speak up for the rights of gays and lesbians, according to a statement by UPO Gay Aliance Ukraine.

September 15, 2014

A conference attended by members of far-right family values groups from around the world has drafted a resolution calling on all countries to restrict the rights of LGBTI people – especially their free speech

The Large Families – the Future of Humanity International Forum was held in Moscow last week and delegates have put forward a resolution calling on world leaders to ban positive discussion of same-sex relationships all over the world.

The conference was organized after the World Congress of Families had to suspend its plans to hold a conference in Moscow in September after hostilities broke out between Russia and the Ukraine.

September 3, 2014

Sergei Aksyonov says the police and self-defense forces will be called if gay people try to hold public events

Crimea's top official Sergei Aksyonov said yesterday gay people 'have no chance' on the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, the Interfax news agency reported.

The de facto leader told a government session, 'This is definitely not our style. We in Crimea do not need such people and they will never hold their events publicly. The police and self-defense [forces] will react quickly and explain within three minutes the orientation one should hold to.'

September 3, 2014

Sergei Aksyonov says the police and self-defense forces will be called if gay people try to hold public events

Crimea's top official Sergei Aksyonov said yesterday gay people 'have no chance' on the peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in March, the Interfax news agency reported.

The de facto leader told a government session, 'This is definitely not our style. We in Crimea do not need such people and they will never hold their events publicly. The police and self-defense [forces] will react quickly and explain within three minutes the orientation one should hold to.'

September 1, 2014

Gay singer is believed to have helped save a little boy from Ukraine, giving him and his family safe passage away from the conflict

Elton John is being named as the savior of a six-year-old boy's life from the conflict in Ukraine.

Lev Ageyev, six, his brother Artyom, seven, and their grandmother Yulia Ageyeva were given safe passage out of the conflict in the port city of Mariupol.

The gay singer has known Lev since he attempted to adopt him in 2009. He was banned over laws in Ukraine that ban gay couples from adoption.

'I would love to adopt him...he has stolen my heart,' he said at the time. 'I wouldn't give up on him, ever.'

July 24, 2014

Fresh from Toronto World Pride and gearing up for Amsterdam Pride next month, the foxy brothers took a break from their jet setting for some travel chat

For anyone curious about Russia’s gay scene, the O’Halley Brothers could be considered quite the authority.

The twin DJ’s, Bachir Mendez Maroff and Fabiano Mendez Maroff, left Brazil for Moscow and have since played not only in Russian commercial venues but also in underground gay parties in a country notorious for its anti-gay laws.

July 23, 2014

'Obama politicizes deaths of AIDS researchers on Malaysian plane. We know how to stop AIDS: persuade men not to have sex with men'

President Barack Obama is being accused of using the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine last week to further a ‘radical gay agenda’.

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer ranted in a predictable manner after the president paid tribute to the loss of dozens of HIV and AIDS researchers.

Obama said the US will ‘continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose’.

Fischer was not happy.

July 18, 2014

It has been claimed that around 100 of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were HIV experts traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The global HIV research community is in mourning after it was revealed that many of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine, may have been traveling to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

July 18, 2014

It has been claimed that around 100 of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were HIV experts traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The global HIV research community is in mourning after it was revealed that many of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine, may have been traveling to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

July 17, 2014

Australian government minister Kevin Andrews will open and close the World Congress of Families next month after it had to be moved from Russia after conflict broke out in the Ukraine

Leading Australian Government figures are endorsing a far-right anti-gay international conference of ‘family vales’ groups being held in Melbourne next month.

The 8th World Congress of Families had originally been scheduled to be held in Moscow but US and European sanctions against Russia over the crisis in the Ukraine forced organizers to hastily reschedule the event for Melbourne.

Conference organizers had praised the Russian government over its treatment of LGBTI people and ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors.

July 5, 2014

As the police could not guarantee the safety of those celebrating LGBTI pride, today’s event had to be cancelled

The capital of Ukraine was ready to celebrate LGBTI pride today (5 July), but because police cannot guarantee the safety of participants against homophobes it has been cancelled.

Kyiv Pride 2014 was scheduled to happen today, but instead, no official LGBTI pride celebrations will be taking place.

Anti-gay homophobes were expected to arrive at the celebrations with intent to disrupt them and potentially attack participants, so police told organizers they must cancel their event.

May 16, 2014

Ukrainian LGBTIs are caught up in a geo-political game, with Russian sympathizers saying the EU is a ‘homodictatorship’

Over recent years Ukrainian society has shown an increased intolerance towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and LGBTI issues. Now the level of social tension is so high LGBTI people do not feel safe in their everyday lives.

May 7, 2014

Gay Star News was on hand to witness rainbow flag moments on Danish TV, find Eurovision's Tallest Hair and capture other Eurovision highlights

With a theme of #JoinUs, the 59th Eurovision Song Contest has been welcoming contestants and fans from all over Europe for the televised competitions this week in Copenhagen.

On Tuesday night, Europe voted for ten countries to make it to the Eurovision grand final. Those through to the final are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Russia, San Marino, Sweden, Ukraine, and Gay Star News favorite Iceland

April 14, 2014

This is the first time LGBTI people in the peninsula have been forced to live under Russian homophobic rules since the beginning of the Crimea crisis

Crimea has banned a planned Pride march on the basis of Russia’s gay propaganda law.

Sevastopol authorities banned today (14 April) the parade scheduled for 22-23 April.

This is the first time LGBTI people in the peninsula have been forced to live under Russian homophobic rules since the beginning of the Crimea crisis.

LGBTI people were largely split on the referendum that saw 97% vote in favor of seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.

April 14, 2014

This is the first time LGBTI people in the peninsula have been forced to live under Russian homophobic rules since the beginning of the Crimea crisis

Crimea has banned a planned Pride march on the basis of Russia’s gay propaganda law.

Sevastopol authorities banned today (14 April) the parade scheduled for 22-23 April.

This is the first time LGBTI people in the peninsula have been forced to live under Russian homophobic rules since the beginning of the Crimea crisis.

LGBTI people were largely split on the referendum that saw 97% vote in favor of seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.

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 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 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

Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko is claiming the European Commission has allowed it to exclude LGBTI people from new anti-discrimination legislation but the Commission says that is incorrect

A senior Ukrainian government minister is claiming that the European Commission has let it off the hook when it comes to protecting LGBTI people from discrimination but a spokesman for the commission claims otherwise.

‘We did find an understanding with the European Commission on the draft law on discrimination,’ Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said, according to the Global Post.

March 25, 2014

Ukraine's Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko is claiming the European Commission has allowed it to exclude LGBTI people from new anti-discrimination legislation but the Commission says that is incorrect

A senior Ukrainian government minister is claiming that the European Commission has let it off the hook when it comes to protecting LGBTI people from discrimination but a spokesman for the commission claims otherwise.

‘We did find an understanding with the European Commission on the draft law on discrimination,’ Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said, according to the Global Post.

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 1, 2014

'... Ukrainian LGBT people share the most of traditional values of the Ukrainian people and are in no way seeking [a] fight with the churches.'

As the Russian Parliament gave authority to President Vladimir Putin to use military action against Ukraine, the country's LGBTI citizens wondered if the embattled government would respect their equality.

Svyatoslav Sheremet, director of the Gay Forum of Ukraine, sent a release to PRIDE Solidarity, a group that supports LGBTI people in eastern and central Europe.

December 4, 2013

Maxim Marcinkiewicz, AKA ‘Machete,’ is now wanted on criminal charges in two countries after he entrapped and humliiated a former X Factor Ukraine contestant and posted his ordeal online

The leader of the Russian homophobic hate group ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ is now wanted in two countries after he resurfaced in Ukraine.

Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Machete, recently entrapped former X Factor Ukraine contestant Alexander Bohun after he answered a personals add on the Russian social network VK.

November 11, 2013

The leader of the group ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ which has been entrapping and humiliating young gay Russians on camera is reportedly on the run in Thailand after authorities began investigating him over an alleged racist attack in the Ukraine

Maxim Martsinkevich, the founder of the homophobic ‘Occupy Pedophilia’ Russian movement entrapping young gay men and then humiliating them on film is on the run in Thailand after authorities deemed a recent video he made to humiliate an Iraqi foreign student to be racist.

In the video Martsinkevich, who goes by the nickname Machete, claims the Iraqi student believed he was meeting a 15-year-old boy for sex in an apartment in the Ukraine but instead he is confronted by Martsinkevich while taking a shower.