- 23:57 05/12/2013
A coalition of US investors managing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets has urged corporate sponsors of the Sochi Winter Olympics to speak out against controversial Russian laws on homosexuality.
- 16:03 04/12/2013
- 20:27 02/12/2013
US gay rights activists on Monday announced the launch of a clothing line aimed at protesting controversial Russian laws on homosexuality at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and have enlisted a prominent US apparel company and Sochi-bound athletes in the initiative.
- 01:40 30/11/2013
A US court has ordered immigration authorities to review a decision to deny asylum to a gay Russian man who said he was attacked in his home country because of his sexual orientation, national media have reported.
- 03:14 27/11/2013
US gay rights activists have staged a “guerilla photo shoot” at an Ikea store in New York to protest the Swedish furniture titan’s recent decision to drop a story about a same-sex couple from the Russian edition of its global in-house magazine, the Huffington Post has reported.
- 21:51 21/11/2013
- 20:14 20/11/2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday spoke out against intolerance of sexual minorities, and reiterated that a recently adopted law to prevent the promotion of homosexuality was designed to protect children.
- 02:40 18/11/2013
The four-month campaign protesting Russia's ban on "gay propaganda" is entering a new phase, as human rights activists try to heighten pressure on the Olympics' top corporate sponsors to speak out before the Winter Games in Sochi.
- 21:28 15/11/2013
- 20:27 15/11/2013
Russia’s ombudsman for human rights said Friday that a group of US senators who complained to the International Olympic Committee about Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law have simply missed the point of the legislation.
- 01:35 15/11/2013
An already besieged set of events intended to promote investment in the Russian economy has come under further pressure, as a US gay rights activist has launched a petition asking the New York Stock Exchange to cancel its upcoming Russia Day.
- 17:59 10/11/2013 Updated at 20:22
- 18:57 08/11/2013
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- 02:18 08/11/2013
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, whose recent performances in London and New York have been the target of protests from gay rights activists, has denied that he supports Russia’s controversial new “anti-gay laws.”
- 15:51 06/11/2013 Originally posted at 10:02
- 11:49 04/11/2013
- 22:25 28/10/2013
- 20:10 19/10/2013
A bill that proposes stripping gays with children of their parental rights, introduced by Russian lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov, has been withdrawn from the parliament, a spokesperson for the lawmaker said Saturday.
- 22:32 16/10/2013
The city of San Francisco has cancelled plans to participate in an upcoming 150th anniversary ceremony recognizing the Russian Navy for its critical, historic assistance in fighting a massive fire that consumed much of the San Francisco financial district in 1863, an organizer of the event told RIA Novosti.
- 20:53 16/10/2013
Russian émigré ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov has added his voice to a chorus of international artists and celebrities condemning Russia’s new law on homosexuality, calling it discriminatory and backward.
- 15:53 11/10/2013
- 23:03 09/10/2013
A prominent US gay rights activist on Wednesday asked top officials to investigate whether a leading opponent of same-sex marriage broke US law by consulting with officials in Moscow on legislation banning same-sex couples from adopting Russian children.
- 22:22 09/10/2013
An all-male cast plans to transplant the musical “Cabaret” from its original setting in Nazi-era Berlin to modern day Russia to take “direct aim at Russia’s stringent anti-LGBT policies” when it stages the play in Seattle later this year, Playbill.com has reported.
- 21:59 08/10/2013
Famed Russian conductor and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev, spoke publicly for the first time in Washington Monday night about his country’s controversial legislation on homosexuality, shrugging off pressure on him from gay rights groups to oppose the law and telling RIA Novosti he has no reason to apologize.
- 23:04 05/10/2013
A team of Dutch actors spoke in support of Russian gays and journalists after a performance based on Anton Chekhov adaptation at a theater festival opened in St. Petersburg this week, according to a witness.
- 15:24 03/10/2013
A conservative imam in Russia’s predominantly Muslim Republic of Tatarstan has called for a boycott of an upcoming concert by gay pop star Elton John, whom he branded as the “devil’s work in the shape of a pederast.”
- 00:43 02/10/2013
Russian hockey star Alex Ovechkin said he does not believe gay athletes should be worried about their safety during the Sochi Winter Olympics next year in the wake of a controversial Russian law on homosexuality, National Public Radio reported Tuesday.
- 21:36 01/10/2013
Five-time US Olympic alpine skiing medalist Bode Miller, who hopes to compete in his fifth Olympics at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, spoke out publicly this week against Russia’s controversial law banning public expressions of homosexuality.
- 20:36 01/10/2013
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Tilda Swinton was behind a large donation that helped cover the funeral costs of Russian gay rights activist Alexei Davydov, who was buried in Moscow Monday, according to media reports.
- 15:44 01/10/2013
The climate for sexual minorities in Russia has become grimmer with the passing of a law banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors, but the gay scene is thriving in the venue of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- 16:39 26/09/2013
The International Olympic Committee says it is "fully satisfied" that Russia's law banning the promotion of “non-traditional relationships” to minors does not violate the anti-discrimination guarantees of the Olympic charter.
- 01:49 25/09/2013
Gay rights protesters who raised their voices and disrupted the start of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Russia-centric opening night gala on Monday were singing victory on Tuesday, and planning new ways to pressure high-profile Russian performers to speak out against their country’s controversial legislation on homosexuality.
- 23:18 19/09/2013
A Russian filmmaker said Thursday that he was seeking foreign funding for a biopic of the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, widely believed to have been a homosexual, amid ongoing controversy about Russia’s recently adopted anti-gay law.
- 22:52 19/09/2013
- 18:46 19/09/2013
The EU should tend to its own problems regarding gay rights before criticizing other countries, Russia’s human rights envoy said Thursday, after reviewing an NGO report on homophobic violence in Europe.
- 14:54 18/09/2013
Award-winning Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi voiced doubts this week that Russia’s legislative attempts to restrict minors’ access to information about homosexuality would yield the desired results.
- 22:50 17/09/2013
The mayor of Seattle has vigorously defended his participation in a protest against Russia’s recently enacted law banning the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships, during which he held a “Stop Putin” sign, in an official letter to the Russian consul-general that was also posted online.
- 05:14 17/09/2013
- 20:41 11/09/2013
California lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a resolution urging the two largest US public retirement plans to halt investment in Russia to protest the country’s new law on homosexuality, a state senator said.
- 10:40 07/09/2013
The last thing US President Barack Obama did during his trip to Russia for the G20 summit was meet Friday with a group of Russian human rights activists, including members of the gay community, in an encounter that attendants described as symbolic, and a signal to the Russian authorities.
- 17:22 05/09/2013
- 13:53 05/09/2013
Pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva will not be stripped of her symbolic role as an ambassador of the Youth Olympics following controversial comments in favor of Russia's law against “gay propaganda,” a source in the International Olympic Committee told R-Sport Thursday.
- 13:17 04/09/2013
President Vladimir Putin has denied the existence of anti-gay laws in Russia, pledged not to allow discrimination against homosexual athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics and said he might meet members of Russia’s LGBT community for talks on their status if they requested it.
- 10:40 03/09/2013
- 19:56 25/08/2013
- 22:21 23/08/2013
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is “comforted” with Russia’s reassurances that there will be “no discrimination” against people attending next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, the committee’s president said Friday.
- 21:50 22/08/2013
The star of the US television show “Prison Break,” Wentworth Miller, turned down an invitation to be a guest of honor at next month’s St. Petersburg International Film Festival, telling festival organizers in a letter published this week, “As a gay man, I must decline.”
- 15:23 21/08/2013
- 14:39 21/08/2013
A German playwright has become the latest international cultural figure to refuse to visit Russia over the country’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, the Colta.ru cultural news website reported this week.
- 01:09 21/08/2013
It would be tough to imagine a more awkward, more delicate circumstance than the one in which two famous Russians, opera diva Anna Netrebko and world-renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, now find themselves.They are both under pressure from an online petition asking the New York Metropolitan Opera to dedicate its Sept. 23 opening night gala to the support of gay people.
- 22:44 20/08/2013
A Russian Orthodox Church spokesman on Tuesday urged the global media to stop putting pressure on Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva, who has been fiercely criticized for recent anti-gay remarks.
- 11:53 19/08/2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron met informally with actor and campaigner Stephen Fry last week to discuss gay rights in Russia and Britain’s participation in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, according to a report in The Guardian newspaper.
- 16:35 18/08/2013
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Sunday the country's controversial anti-gay legislation is for the protection of its young generation, "whose psyche has not been formed," and lumped in the promotion of homosexuality with that of alcohol and drug abuse.
- 15:08 16/08/2013
Russian pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva on Friday claimed she "may have been misunderstood" over anti-gay remarks she made in defense of controversial legislation in her home country that forbids the promotion of homosexuality to minors.
- 12:23 16/08/2013
A prominent British choreographer has rejected an invitation to work in Russia because of the Kremlin’s stance on gay rights and what he called Russia’s “lethal legitimization of prejudice,” according to an open letter published in a contemporary dance magazine this week.
- 00:33 16/08/2013
A gay United States talk show host and executive producer of the hit reality TV shows “Real Housewives” and “Top Chef” has turned down the post of co-host for the upcoming “Miss Universe” beauty pageant in Moscow, over fears he will be “unsafe,” an entertainment website has reported.
- 21:57 12/08/2013
Three California state senators were set Monday to submit a resolution calling on the state’s two largest public retirement plans to halt investment in Russia in protest at Russia’s new law on homosexuality, a lawmaker and business media said.
- 21:37 12/08/2013
A week after senior US lawmaker Sen. Chuck Schumer called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “schoolyard bully,” on Monday he urged athletes marching in the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year to wave the rainbow flag to show support for gay rights and embarrass the Russian leader.
- 20:32 12/08/2013
The bill on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin on July 29. Originally titled the bill on“homosexual propaganda,” the law criminalizes the public expression of support for “nontraditional” relationships.
- 19:41 12/08/2013 Originally posted at 18:34
- 18:31 12/08/2013
- 09:34 10/08/2013
- 23:23 08/08/2013
IAAF president Lamine Diack said Thursday that Russia’s controversial legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors "has to be respected" but will have no impact on the upcoming world athletics championships in Moscow.
- 23:34 07/08/2013
A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official on Wednesday deflected Western criticism of the so-called anti-gay law, saying the recently adopted legislation did not violate the rights of sexual minorities in the country but was aimed at protecting minors.
- 19:46 06/08/2013
The American pop star known the world over as Lady Gaga is all but taunting Russian authorities in response to reports they may prosecute her for violating the terms of her visa by giving a performance in Russia last year.
- 19:53 05/08/2013
More than 80 members of Congress have called on US Secretary of State John Kerry to take steps to ensure the safety of gay American athletes, staff and spectators at the winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia next year, a US congressman said Monday .
- 01:50 03/08/2013
Politics, it has been said, makes strange bedfellows. Now, as US gay rights groups protest against Russia’s new laws on homosexuality, conservatives across America have quietly begun to align themselves with the Russian government in a rare union that defies a long history of animosity.
- 01:28 02/08/2013
The newest US senator on Capitol Hill took aim at the Russian government this week, condemning what he called the country’s “hateful” new law on homosexuality, and asking Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak for assurances that American athletes and tourists at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be safe.
- 21:53 01/08/2013
- 20:00 01/08/2013
The International Olympic Committee told R-Sport on Thursday that it was unmoved by comments from a Russian minister that athletes at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi would be subject to the country’s law banning so-called gay propaganda.
- 19:37 01/08/2013
US pop divas Madonna and Lady Gaga, who championed gay rights during their shows in Russia, had cultural exchange visas that “did not provide for” performing for profit, Russian prosecutors said Thursday.
- 01:17 31/07/2013
As boycotts of Russian vodka spread across the globe in protest over new Russian laws on homosexuality, US gay rights activists warn the campaign could be the first stage in a broader drive targeting Russia’s economy and image with the Sochi Winter Olympics six months away.
- 01:03 30/07/2013 Weekly column by Natalia Antonova
- 07:36 29/07/2013
- 21:48 28/07/2013
- 02:19 27/07/2013
It is perhaps the single best-known Russian brand. But as US gay groups call for boycott of Stolichnaya vodka to protest new Russian laws on homosexuality, the beverage’s owner is racing to convince them that “Stoli,” as it is popularly known, is not Russian at all.
- 19:53 24/07/2013 Originally published at 17:33
- 21:33 23/07/2013
- 01:09 23/07/2013
- 18:06 22/07/2013
Four Dutch citizens detained by police during a gay rights seminar outside the northern Russian city of Murmansk appeared in a local court Monday suspected of promoting homosexual relationships among minors, according to human rights activists and local media reports.
- 15:21 09/07/2013
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- 17:52 29/06/2013
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- 20:17 11/06/2013
Russia’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday gave its final approval for a controversial “anti-gay” bill, with only one of the 436 lawmakers present abstaining and no votes against, after a day of clashes outside the building and dozens of arrests by police.
- 17:01 11/06/2013
Protests outside the Russian parliament building turned violent on Tuesday as clashes broke out between activists for and against two proposed bills – one restricting the "promotion" of homosexuality, the other “to protect religious believers’ feelings.”
- 19:46 06/06/2013
A Communist group in southern Russia wants openly gay British pop star Elton John to wear a traditional Cossack uniform at an upcoming concert because his usual flamboyant clothing is “homosexual propaganda,” the group’s leader told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
- 17:58 19/05/2013
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- 15:44 16/05/2013
The organizers of several planned gay pride events have appealed to a local court over Moscow City Hall's refusal to authorize their events, activists said in a press release published on the Gayrussia.eu website on Thursday.
- 19:13 15/05/2013
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Gay Propaganda Ban in Russia
A law penalizing “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors” came into force in St. Petersburg in March, to mixed reactions among Russians where anti-gay sentiment remains strong. A similar bill was introduced in the federal parliament while Moscow is also considering a ban on “sodomy” promotion.