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Anti-gay Russian lawmaker urges ban on going topless in public

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Vladimir Putin
The lawmaker emphasized the ban was only applicable outside beaches and other “zones of public recreation,” thereby excluding the scores of photographs depicting a shirtless Russian President Vlaimir Putin riding horses, fishing or swimming. ...

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Gay rights activists clash with opponents in Moscow, 15 detained

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Russian anti-gay demonstrators attack a quad bike driven by gay rights activists as police detain gay rights activists during an attempt to hold a gay demonstration in central Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 30, 2015.
A small group of activists tried to hold an unauthorized demonstration in support of gay rights outside the mayor's office on Saturday. But opponents fought with them and police detained people from both sides. ...

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Kazakhstan ‘gay propaganda’ measure ruled unconstitutional

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, is bidding for the 2022 Winter Games.
A proposed law in Kazakhstan that would criminalize dissemination to minors of information supporting same-sex relationships has been struck down as unconstitutional. ...

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‘This way if you are gay’ – Swedish peace group launches gay sonar against Russian subs

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society via AP
In a publicity stunt dubbed “Operation The Singing Sailor,” the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society placed a sonar device in the Stockholm archipelago sending out a Morse code message saying “This way if you are gay.” ...

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Russian lawmaker says Apple violated gay ‘propaganda’ law by distributing U2 album

Thursday, April 30, 2015
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The lawmaker says Apple violated Russia's ban on gay "propaganda" when it delivered U2's latest album to a half-billion iTunes users for free last year. ...

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Russian court rules against gay teacher who was fired

Friday, April 24, 2015
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A St. Petersburg court has ruled against a gay music teacher who lost her job after being outed by an anti-gay activist. ...

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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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.
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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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