Tag Archives: Russia

Russian Politician Slams German President Over Decision To Boycott Sochi

Via the Guardian: The German president has become the first major political figure to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics in February. According to German weekly Der Spiegel, Joachim Gauck last week told the Kremlin of his decision, which is understood to be a response to the Russian government’s violations of human rights and harassment of the opposition. The head of ...

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Ian McKellen: The British Government Warned Me Against Traveling To Russia

Actor Ian McKellen yesterday said that the British government has warned him that he would not be safe in Russia. In an interview with the Radio Times magazine, the openly gay actor, 74, said he was told by Britain’s Foreign Office that it could not “protect him” from the laws. In July a nationwide law banning distribution of “propaganda of ...

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IOC Reminds Athletes: Don’t Protest

The International Olympic Committee is crafting a letter that contains its final warning against athletes participating in any protests at the Sochi Olympics. The International Olympic Committee executive board is expected to approve the instructions at its meeting in Lausanne on Tuesday. The letter will then be sent to the national Olympic committees that are sending athletes to the Sochi ...

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Putin Abolishes State News Agency UPDATE: Vile Gay Basher Dmitry Kiselev To Run New State Agency

Today Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he has abolished the official state news agency RIA Novosti. You may recall that I’ve excerpted RIA Novosti on several recent occasions and have noted the agency’s even-handed reporting of LGBT stories.  BBC News reports: In a surprise decree published on the Kremlin’s website on Monday, Mr Putin announced it would be replaced ...

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German President To Boycott Sochi

German President Joachim Gauck has announced that he will not attend the Sochi Olympics in protests of Russia’s anti-LGBT pogrom. ESPN reports: Gauck took the decision to protest human rights violations and the harassment of Russian opposition political figures, Der Spiegel reported Sunday. The magazine said the Russian government was informed of his decision last week. Presidential spokeswoman Ferdos Forudastan ...

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RUSSIA: Anti-Gay Social Media Group Posts Reward To Out LGBT Teachers

Queer Russia reports: A new St. Petersburg based antigay group emerged on a popular Russian social network Vkontakte has launched an on-line campaign offering an equivalent of $150 for reporting “confirmed” information on LGBT school teachers. The group aims to stop “gay propaganda to minors” in schools and dismiss gay teachers with the help of local authorities. The announcement published ...

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RUSSIA: Elton John Denounces Anti-Gay Laws From Stage Of Moscow Concert, Dedicates Show To Slain Gay Man

“You took me to your hearts all these years ago and you’ve always welcomed me with warmth and open arms any time I’ve visited. You have always embraced me and you have never judged me. So I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the LGBT community here in Russia. In my ...

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It Gets Better Sends Message To Russia

Via press release: With the Olympics approaching, Russia will be the site of one of the most celebrated international gatherings in the world. At the same time, the former Soviet country will also be ground zero for an evolving human rights crisis, often resulting in violent discrimination. With a network of It Gets Better Project affiliates throughout the world, IGB ...

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NYS Comptroller To Sochi Sponsors: Denounce Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown

New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has signed onto a letter which demands that sponsors of the Sochi Olympics issue a denouncement of Russia’s anti-gay pogrom. Andy Humm reports at Gay City News: Ten major Olympic sponsors from Coke to Dow Chemical –– none of which has acceded to calls that they speak out forcefully against Russia’s laws making it ...

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RUSSIA: High Court Rules Ban On “Gay Propaganda” To Be Constitutional

Via the Russian official state news agency RIA Novisti: Russia’s highest court has ruled that a controversial law banning “gay propaganda” is not in breach of the Constitution. The Constitutional Court dismissed a complaint from Nikolai Alexeyev, a leading gay rights campaigner, that St. Petersburg city council had acted unconstitutionally by passing legislation to ban the promotion of homosexuality among ...

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HomoQuotable – Johnny Weir

“I was speaking at a university and called a small group of people protesting my speech, idiots, for no other reason that my tongue getting away from me. This kind of talk is usually relegated to the safety of my own friend groupings and family but for some reason, I felt like a threatened underdog and needed to take a ...

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Johnny Weir: Gay Activists Are Idiots

Andy Humm reports at Gay City News: Former Olympic skater Johnny Weir was picketed by Queer Nation outside his talk at Barnard College December 2 for his position that “the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement” about Russia’s anti-gay laws and “you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting.” During his talk ...

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Elton’s Gigs In Russia Might Not Happen

Elton John’s much-discussed concert in Moscow is this Friday but the show may not be allowed to go on. According to reports in the Russian media, Sir Elton’s mini-tour of Russia is “on the verge of collapse” because of his stated intention to use it as a platform to express his solidarity with Russia’s gay community. The singer, who entered ...

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HomoQuotable – Ken Kidd

“Johnny Weir is an insufferable, entitled twit, to say the least. Fine. But he’s NBC’s Token Olympic Gay, and many people’s only perceived authority on Putin’s Russia. So when he starts peppering his NBC color commentary with lies, gently but confidently faux-explaining how ‘it’s really not so bad over there’ and ‘what a shame’ that a small number of troublemakers ...

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REPORT: Russian Neo-Nazis Attack Gay Contestant On Ukrainian X-Factor Show

According to a report filed by Spectrum Human Rights, the Russian anti-gay and neo-Nazi group Occupy Pedophilia has posted a video that shows the torture and humiliation of Alexander Bohun, who recently appeared on Ukraine’s version of X Factor.  A Russian news site reports that Bohun had responded to a personal ad posted on the social media site VK, only ...

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Principle 6 Merchandise Is Now On Sale

A couple of months ago I reported that Athlete Ally and All Out were joining to offer gear that promotes Principle Six of the International Olympic Committee, which declares opposition to discrimination based on “race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise.” Sales commenced today, reports the New York Times: Andre Banks, executive director of All Out, said the merchandise “allows us ...

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Madge Joins HRC’s Russia Campaign

Madonna is helping the Human Rights Campaign sell t-shirts for a social media campaign in support of Russian LGBT rights. Via email: Right now, you can send that message directly to the Russian people and provide much-needed support to LGBT advocates in Russia by purchasing the Russian-language Love Conquers Hate t-shirt. And once you have your t-shirt, share a picture ...

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Russia: Only Italy Can Adopt Our Children Because They Ban Gay Marriage

“It turns out that Italy is currently the only country whose citizens are able to adopt Russian children because, first of all, this country refused to recognise same-sex marriage, which, for its part, does not require Russia to change the existing agreement, and, secondly, (the Italians) abide by the terms of this treaty. That is all. It is not our ...

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Russia Bans Abortion Ads

Vladimir Putin yesterday signed into law a ban on advertising abortion services. Abortions are legal in Russia and have been since Soviet times, but currently centrist-conservative lawmakers want to limit or completely ban such practices saying it is partly responsible for the country’s dwindling population. In early October an official representative of the Russian Orthodox Church blasted abortions and surrogacy ...

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REPORT: Gas Attack On Moscow Club

An unknown gas was reportedly released inside the Moscow gay club Central Station on Saturday night. Around 500 clubbers were escorted outside of the building where some were told to go to hospital. After the staff turned on a smoke removal machine, it eliminated the gas in a matter of minutes. Police are investigating the attack and currently have no ...

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