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Kyrgyzstan to consider anti-gay law similar to Russia’s gay ‘propaganda’ ban

Saturday, March 29, 2014
The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan is considering an anti-gay law that would prohibit its citizens from creating "a positive attitude toward non-traditional sexual relations” among minors, a bill nearly identical to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais,  APPresident Barack Obama in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

On eve of meeting with Pope Francis, Obama lectures Russia on LGBT rights

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday again took aim at Russia's anti-gay laws following talks with European Union and NATO leaders on Russia's military-backed annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. [ Read more → ]
Yelena Mizulina

Obama freezes U.S. assets of 7 Russian officials, including author of anti-gay law

Monday, March 17, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine, including those of Yelena Mizulina, the Russian Duma (Parliament) Deputy who authored the controversial anti-gay propaganda law last year. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.

Russian law enforcement drops hate crime investigation on anti-LGBT attack

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
ST, PETERSBURG, Russia -- The investigation into a November 2013 attack at a meeting of LGBT rights activists that left a man with the loss of vision in one eye, has been suspended, and will not be investigated as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
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Paralympics chief: No need for human rights assurances from host countries

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Countries bidding to host the Olympics and Paralympics should not be compelled to provide assurances about human rights standards, according to the head of the International Paralympic Committee. [ Read more → ]
Victor R. Caivano,  APRussian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry in Buenos Aires.

Russian gay couple marries in Buenos Aires, will seek asylum in Argentina

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A same-sex couple from Russia's Olympic city of Sochi has married in Buenos Aires and plan to seek asylum in Argentina. [ Read more → ]
Queer Nation NYQueer Nation activist protest outside Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on February 23.

LGBT activists protest Russia’s anti-gay laws at final USOC Olympic event

Sunday, February 23, 2014
NEW YORK — Nearly three dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation held a raucous protest on Sunday at the United States Olympic Committee's final "Road to Sochi Tour" event at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. [ Read more → ]
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Farewell, Sochi! Russia closes costly, political, controversial Olympics

Sunday, February 23, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Said the head of the International Olympic Committee: "Russia delivered all what it had promised." [ Read more → ]
Elena Klimova

Russian court dismisses case against journalist who founded LGBT teen support group

Saturday, February 22, 2014
NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia -- A Russian court on Friday dismissed the case against a freelance journalist who founded an online LGBT teen support group, ruling that it found no evidence that she had been promoting "non-traditional sexual relations." [ Read more → ]
Darron Cummings, APA fan carries a Russian flag while walking in the Olympic Plaza during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic host countries

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Citing widespread dismay with Russia's anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APVladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Olympic committee defends Monday’s removal of gay rights activist

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday defended the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, saying she was “escorted from there peacefully” and not detained. [ Read more → ]
Russian punk group Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, in the blue balaclava, and Maria Alekhina, in the pink balaclava, make their way through a crowd after they were released from a police station, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Adler, Russia. No charges were filed against Tolokonnikova and Alekhina along with the three others who were detained. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Two members of punk group Pussy Riot released after being detained in Sochi

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — Russian punk group Pussy Riot burst onto the Olympic scene Tuesday when two of its members were picked up by police in host city Sochi — and then ran away defiant down a rain-soaked street a few hours later, shouting and wearing their trademark garish balaclavas. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights activist wearing rainbow outfit, headdress arrested at Olympic Park

Monday, February 17, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Luxuria

Russia: Activist and former Italian lawmaker was never detained in Sochi

Monday, February 17, 2014
SOCHI, Russia - Italian gay rights activist Vladimir Luxuria said she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: "Gay is OK." Police on Monday denied this happened, and the owner of Sochi's gay club said she was at his club that evening "enjoying" herself. [ Read more → ]
Vladimir Luxuria

Former Italian lawmaker briefly detained in Sochi for displaying ‘Gay is OK’ banner

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- A transgender activist and former member of the Italian Parliament was arrested and briefly detained by Russian authorities in Sochi after she reportedly held up a banner that read “Gay is OK,” according to the leader of an Italian gay rights group. [ Read more → ]
NBCJohnny Weir at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Here’s Johnny! Clothes make the man and vice versa

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — He promised himself something the first time he ever laced up a pair of skates. It's the same thing Johnny Weir returns to in those quiet moments most evenings, just before the TV camera's "on-air" light flashes red. "I'm wearing makeup, a double necklace and a cream sweater," he said. "I don't feel an obligation to tone myself down. [ Read more → ]
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‘Gay rights evolve on a global level’

Sunday, February 16, 2014
NBC's Harry Smith looks at the global evolution on gay rights for "Meet the Press" on Sunday, including interviews with Andy Cohen and Brian Boitano. [ Read more → ]
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Rihanna weighs in with support for ‘Principle 6′ gay rights campaign

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia-- A campaign for gay rights in Russia and at the Sochi Games is getting some star backing from Rihanna. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APFormer U.S. hockey player Caitlin Cahow (left) and Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano at a news conference ahead of the opening ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

U.S. delegation member Caitlin Cahow calls Olympic trip ‘humbling’

Saturday, February 15, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — A member of the U.S. Olympic delegation sent to Sochi by President Barack Obama said Thursday she witnessed no backlash over the inclusion of homosexuals in the group as an apparent protest over anti-gay laws in Russia. [ Read more → ]
Morry Gash, APWomen's normal hill ski jumping silver medalist Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who is openly gay, smiles during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

So far, nothing but silence from Olympians on Russia’s anti-gay laws

Saturday, February 15, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — A campaign to draw attention to Russia's anti-gay laws isn't gaining traction among Olympic athletes, who so far have avoided saying or doing anything to protest the measures. [ Read more → ]
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Russia bans adoptions from countries that allow same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 13, 2014
MOSCOW -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an amendment to Russia's law prohibiting same-sex couples from adopting, extending the ban to foreign couples from nations where same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]
Pavel Golovkin, APSilver medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, left, and bronze medallist Russia's Olga Graf, right, applaud Ireen Wust of the Netherlands as she celebrates winning gold during the flower ceremony for the women's 3,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

LGBT visibility in first days of Olympics includes several ‘political’ messages

Monday, February 10, 2014
LGBT visibility during the first few days of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, included some high profile political “messages,” two gay inclusive television commercials, and several surprise choices by both Russian games organizers and openly gay athletes. [ Read more → ]
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VIDEO: Russia declares discrimination newest Olympic sport

Monday, February 10, 2014
Set to the music of King Arivel, the metaphor of a rugby team brutalizing a gay couple represents the horrendous climate for LGBT people not just in Russia, but in other parts of the world as well, including Uganda, Belize, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the other 76 nations around the world where being gay is still a crime. [ Read more → ]
David Goldman, APDavid Pichler, an American diver and former Sydney Games team captain, shows off his Olympic rings tattoo during a television interview on Sat., Feb. 8, while meeting with locals at the Mayak cabaret, the most reputable gay club in Sochi, Russia, host to 2014 Winter Olympics.

Sochi’s Mayak cabaret, a safe place for gays in the Olympic host city

Sunday, February 9, 2014
The mascara-lined eyes of a petite man dressed in a tuxedo greet visitors after they buzz at the armor-plated door of a one-story building. Welcome to the Mayak cabaret, the most reputable gay club in Sochi, and one of the few safe places for gays in the Olympic host city to meet. [ Read more → ]
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