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Daughter of anti-gay Russian lawmaker nominated for GLAAD Media Award

Saturday, February 15, 2014

NEW YORK — The daughter of a former Russian Olympic figure skater and member of the Russian Parliament has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award by the LGBT advocacy group, raising the ire of Russian gay rights activists because of her mother’s anti-gay voting record.

RTAlyona Minkovski

Alyona Minkovski

Alyona Minkovski, formerly of the Russian state owned RT Television News and now a presenter for HuffPost Live, was nominated for her reporting on LGBT issues.

Minkovski’s mother is Irina Rodnina, a Russian lawmaker who has championed Russia’s anti-gay laws and the ban on American adoptions of Russian orphans.

Rodnina made headlines last September when she provoked an international outcry with a doctored and racially insensitive picture posted from her Twitter account that featured U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, with a hand holding a banana in the foreground.

Rodnina initially defended the image as an expression of freedom of speech, but later apologized for the post, claiming it had been sent from her account by hackers.

New York based RUSA-LGBT congratulated Minkovski on her nomination in an English-language statement posted online Wednesday, but made direct reference to her mother’s political activities.

“Alyona, please, could you also try to inspire change in your mom?” the statement read. “Could you please let her know that all this child-’saving’ is what makes children flee Russia?”

Supporters of Russia’s recent anti gay laws, U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans, and the adoption of Russian children by same-sex foreign couples have argued that the laws are designed to protect Russian children from exposed to “non-traditional” relationships and being mistreated abroad.

Recent polls conducted by Russian Polling Firm Levada show that nearly 78 percent of the Russian population think that homosexuality is a sickness and that it harms families and children.

Minkovski was born in Moscow, but was raised in California. She earned her Bachelors degree in Political Science and minored in Film and Digital Media at the University of California.

Before joining HuffPost Live, she was host of “The Alyona Show” on the international news network RT (formerly Russia Today).

The GLAAD Media Award seeks to honors “outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community that inspire change,” according to GLAAD’s website.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. Good they have to defend all civil liberties and uphold constitutions that smaller courts are trampling over not realizing that their in violation of their own oaths taken when getting into law and some took the oath more then once as most judges started up the ranks from public defender to private lawyer to prosecutors to district attorneys to judges they are now… so the oath to uphold laws and civil liberties and to remain unbiased is taken many times thru the course of their legality career,, but along the way most local judges lose the coof and realities thru persuasion of money and greed that the realities of the laws become obscured where the objectivity has been lost and that is why we have federal courts to enact what a local judge could not due to lack of morality

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:16pm
  2. Don’t blame kids for their parents mistakes!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:19pm
  3. Why the heck is anyone trying to get her to change her mom’s mind??? There is no way that I can change my own mom’s mind (she is a hard-core, right-wing, conservative, fundamentalist Christian)!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:51pm
  4. Russia, Uganda, Nigeria…all of them are losing the fight for morality. We as a nation need to help those who can’t help themselves or else we’e no better than them.

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9:53pm
  5. Evidence that stupidity isn’t passed through DNA

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:01pm
  6. HA!

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:06pm
  7. Thats awesome

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:36pm
  8. Karma

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:58pm
  9. My parents are awesome and supporting shame all parents aren’t the same

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:16pm
  10. Is she her mother now?
    Aren’t we passed the time where we punish children for their parents sins?

    Apparently some people still think that way…

    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:21pm
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    Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 11:35pm