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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 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 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 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 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

Irish actor, most famous for playing Moriarty in the BBC drama hit, reveals how growing up in a country where it was illegal to be gay affected him

Sherlock star Andrew Scott has said that growing up in Ireland made him ashamed to be gay.

The Irish actor most famous for playing Moriarty on the BBC drama was asked for his views on the recent furore surrounding homophobia in Ireland.

Speaking to Hot Press, he said: ‘I don’t think that people are intrinsically homophobic, because otherwise we’d have to give up.

‘I think people are ignorant, and there’s a lot of work to do.’

March 4, 2014

He doesn’t even make a good cup of tea, but this LGBTI activist has cooked a rainbow pancake for Russia’s senators and is posting it to them

One 23-year-old is so flipping mad at Russia for passing anti-gay laws, he’s turned Pancake Day into a protest.

Luke Trevaskis, who works as a media professional in Liverpool, northwest England, used a Betty Crocker recipe to make this impressive rainbow pancake – even though he says he’s a ‘hopeless cook’.

But he’s not tucking into the colorful creation on Shrove Tuesday today (4 March).

Instead his pancake is packaged up and will soon be dropping through the letterbox of the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament.

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.

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.

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.

February 24, 2014

Cher said no, and the world listened. From ballet demonstrations to national commercials, from tweets to open letters, here are the 14 ways the world came together for the Russian LGBTI community

Did you pour your Stoli vodka down a drain, or stop eating McDonald’s during the Winter Olympics?

In recent months Russia has been at the center of a civil rights firestorm, between president Putin signing anti-gay laws to politicians threatening LGBTI Olympic athletes and spectators.

Even though the Sochi Winter Olympics wrapped up this weekend, the reactions to Russia's anti-gay laws are still being seen, heard and felt around the world.

February 20, 2014

'If you took a world census you'd find 90% of the world agree with it as well'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has found a high-profile ally to support his country's highly-controversial anti-gay propaganda law: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone, 83, told CNN today that he 'completely agrees' with the law that makes it illegal to show any kind of public support of homosexuality.

February 20, 2014

'If you took a world census you'd find 90% of the world agree with it as well'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has found a high-profile ally to support his country's highly-controversial anti-gay propaganda law: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Ecclestone, 83, told CNN today that he 'completely agrees' with the law that makes it illegal to show any kind of public support of homosexuality.

February 19, 2014

Althete who caused controversy when she got a cuddle from Putin takes home silver in the women's 5,000 meters

Dutch bisexual athlete Ireen Wüst has won her fourth medal of the Sochi Olympic Games.

The Netherlands speedskater took home silver in the women’s 5000 meters today (19 February).

This means she will be one of the most awarded athletes in this year’s Olympics, a Games overshadowed by the homophobic legislation of Russia.

Wüst was expected to take the top spot of the 5,000 meters after she set an impressive time of 6 minutes, 54.28 seconds.

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 19, 2014

Video shows members of performance art group being attacked in public plaza

Video of members of the performance art group Pussy Riot being attacked with horsewhips by Cossack militia emerged Wednesday and is quickly causing outrage.

The pro-gay, anti-Putin group was trying to perform in Sochi, Russia, under a sign advertising the Winter Olympics.

As they pulled out a guitar and microphone,  at least 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in.

The women chanted in Russian: 'Putin will teach you to love the Motherland,' the name of the song for which they had arrived in Sochi to make a new protest video.

February 19, 2014

Video shows members of performance art group being attacked in public plaza

Video of members of the performance art group Pussy Riot being attacked with horsewhips by Cossack militia emerged Wednesday and is quickly causing outrage.

The pro-gay, anti-Putin group was trying to perform in Sochi, Russia, under a sign advertising the Winter Olympics.

As they pulled out a guitar and microphone,  at least 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in.

The women chanted in Russian: 'Putin will teach you to love the Motherland,' the name of the song for which they had arrived in Sochi to make a new protest video.

February 18, 2014

As if the topless photos weren’t enough, now a new online tool ‘proves’ the Russian president is a secret homosexual

His shirtless, homoerotic poses while out horse riding have raised eyebrows before – but now there is scientific ‘proof’ Vladimir Putin is gay.

New software scans your face and ‘analyzes’ it in just 10 seconds to tell you your sexuality.

And when we held up a picture of the Russian president’s face it announced ‘Congratulations You Are Gay’.

February 18, 2014

As if the topless photos weren’t enough, now a new online tool ‘proves’ the Russian president is a secret homosexual

His shirtless, homoerotic poses while out horse riding have raised eyebrows before – but now there is scientific ‘proof’ Vladimir Putin is gay.

New software scans your face and ‘analyzes’ it in just 10 seconds to tell you your sexuality.

And when we held up a picture of the Russian president’s face it announced ‘Congratulations You Are Gay’.

February 17, 2014

Bravo's Watch What Happens Live host says his 'blood boils' whenever he sees Putin on TV

Andy Cohen, the openly gay host of Bravo channel's What What Happens Live talk show, refered to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a 'bastard' in an interview over the weekend.

During a piece on LGBTI equality on NBC's Meet the Press, Cohen was asked about Putin inadvertently hugging a gay gold medal speed skater from Holland.

Replied Cohen: 'We all get carried away in the magic and pageantry of the Olympics. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if that bastard did too? I mean, it would be. He put on a huge show. Learn something from it.'

February 17, 2014

Bravo's Watch What Happens Live host says his 'blood boils' whenever he sees Putin on TV

Andy Cohen, the openly gay host of Bravo channel's What What Happens Live talk show, refered to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a 'bastard' in an interview over the weekend.

During a piece on LGBTI equality on NBC's Meet the Press, Cohen was asked about Putin inadvertently hugging a gay gold medal speed skater from Holland.

Replied Cohen: 'We all get carried away in the magic and pageantry of the Olympics. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if that bastard did too? I mean, it would be. He put on a huge show. Learn something from it.'

February 14, 2014

Clare Balding, who has had to defend herself for not boycotting Sochi, jokes the Russian president will enjoy the double luge

Gay sports presenter Clare Balding has given President Vladimir Putin a hilarious dig live on the BBC.

The broadcaster, who is in Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games, was introducing the infamous double luge.

‘Now technically, this could be a mixed pairing. It could be two women,’ she said.

‘But historically it has always been two men because that’s the quickest way to get down the course.

‘Now I’m very much hoping President Putin is going to go up to the Sliding Center to watch this one in person.’

February 14, 2014

Clare Balding, who has had to defend herself for not boycotting Sochi, jokes the Russian president will enjoy the double luge

Gay sports presenter Clare Balding has given President Vladimir Putin a hilarious dig live on the BBC.

The broadcaster, who is in Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games, was introducing the infamous double luge.

‘Now technically, this could be a mixed pairing. It could be two women,’ she said.

‘But historically it has always been two men because that’s the quickest way to get down the course.

‘Now I’m very much hoping President Putin is going to go up to the Sliding Center to watch this one in person.’

February 14, 2014

Parents of seven and eight-year-olds reported the school to the authorities after their children made Valentine's cards for their same-gender friends

A Russian school is being accused of gay propaganda after kids gave Valentine’s Day cards to other students of the same gender today (14 February).

To celebrate the day of love, a teacher in the city of Smolensk, western Russia, encouraged students aged seven to eight to make cards to each other – and it didn’t matter if they were given to a boy or a girl.

But when the students went home and told their families what they did in school, their parents were ‘shocked’.