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United Nations rebuffs Russia resolution, approves benefits for spouses of gay staffers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
United-Nations
The U.N. budget committee has approved Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's plan to give benefits to all spouses of gay U.N. staffers who are legally wed in a defeat for Russia and opponents of same-sex marriage. [...]

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Russia moves to stop United Nations staff benefits for married, same-sex couples

Monday, March 23, 2015
United Nations headquarters in New York.
Russia has asked a United Nations General Assembly committee to vote on its proposal to stop the world body extending staff benefits to all married same-sex couples. [...]

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The Fear of Being Gay in Russia

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Nikolai Baev, an LGBT activist, in Moscow a few days after he was detained by police.
Moscow’s first gay pride parade was held in May 2006, thirteen years after homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new era of openness for the LGBT community.
(POLITICO) [...]

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IKEA stops online Russian magazine due to gay propaganda law

Saturday, March 14, 2015
An Ikea store in Russia
The Swedish retailer says its magazine IKEA Family Live "demonstrates various aspects of home life regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation." [...]

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Intimate image of gay couple in Russia wins World Press Photo award

Thursday, February 12, 2015
In this photo provided on Thursday Feb. 12, 2015 by World Press Photo, the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 by Mads Nissen, Denmark, for Scanpix/Panos Pictures, shows Jonathan Jacques Louis, 21, and Alexander Semyonov, 25, a gay couple during an intimate moment in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The intimate image of Jon and Alex is part of a larger project by Danish photographer Mads Nissen called "Homophobia in Russia" that highlights how life is increasingly difficult for sexual minorities in Russia. [...]

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Minnesota native who stars in hit Russian sitcom comes out as gay

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Odin Biron in the Russian sitcom, "Interns."
Odin Biron, the American-born star of the hit Russian sitcom "Interns," has come out as gay after four years on the show. [...]

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Russia does a u-turn, says transgender citizens will not be banned from driving

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Moscow-traffic
Russian officials have given transgender individuals the green light to continue driving after a new road safety decree sparked panic last week that they would be banned from the road. [...]

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Russia lists transgender people among those unfit to drive

Friday, January 9, 2015
Russia-traffic
New Russian road safety regulations bar transgender and transsexual people and others the government classifies as suffering for sexual and mental "disorders" from driving. [...]

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The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Pat-Robertson
The Radical Righ, sees recent advances in LGBT rights as a reason to find new strategies to fight what it believes is a tyrannical government bent on persecuting conservatives and inviting divine punishment. [...]

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Social media activist gets 29 Russian teachers fired after claiming they are gay

Monday, December 29, 2014
Timur Isayev holds an iPad decorated with a sticker promoting white power. He has gloated about putting 29 teachers out of a job for their sexual orientations.
At least that's what Timur Isayev, a self-described Russian homophobe, is claiming, reports Vocativ.com. [...]

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