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Matthew Shepard’s parents head to Russia on advocacy mission

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Judy and Dennis Shepard
NEW YORK -- The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay Wyoming college student tortured and murdered in 1998, are traveling to Russia on Friday to spread their message of tolerance and acceptance in a country where anti-gay policies and attitudes are widespread. The centerpiece of their five-day trip is a gay film festival in St. Petersburg at ...

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Online community supporting Russian LGBT teens charged with ‘gay propaganda’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Elena Klimova
This week, Russian authorities dealt what may be the greatest blow to LGBT rights advocates since Vladimir Putin signed into law the infamous ban on “gay propaganda in the vicinity of minors.”

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Prison sentence reduced for leader of Russian anti-gay vigilante group

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth into abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, and who is serving five years in prison on unrelated charges, has had his sentence reduced.

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Russian memorial to Steve Jobs dismantled after Apple CEO comes out

Monday, November 3, 2014
Steve-Jobs-memorial
MOSCOW -- A Russian statue that pays tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been taken down in response to last week's announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook that he is gay. The six foot statue of an iPhone on a university campus in St. Petersburg was dismantled in part because it would be a violation of the country's anti-gay laws.

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Russian lawmaker: Ban Tim Cook for life, he’ll bring Ebola and AIDS to Russia

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Vitaly Milonov
The Russian lawmaker behind the country's gay propaganda law, said Thursday that Apple CEO Tim Cook should be banned from Russia "for life" because he is gay, and could bring Ebola or AIDS to Russia.

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Moscow forum attended by U.S. activists calls for more ‘gay propaganda’ bans

Friday, September 12, 2014
Constantin Malofeev’s group has posted photos on Facebook of one of Thursday's panels, indicating National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown (far left) in attendance.
This week’s international gathering of anti-gay, anti-abortion-rights activists in Moscow ended with delegates issuing a proclamation that blasts liberal social policies in Western countries and calls for Russian-style “homosexual propaganda” bans to be passed throughout the world, according to the foundation run by Russian oligarch Constantin Malofeev,

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Lesbian dance instructor found murdered in St. Petersburg, Russia

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ekaterina Khomenko
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A lesbian dance instructor was found murdered in her car in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Sunday, reported QueerRussia. Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, who was known in the local LGBT community as an instructor of tango for same-sex couples, was found with a 9 cm slit in her throat. Police are now treating her death ...

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Russian anti-gay extremist sentenced to five years in penal colony

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich
MOSCOW -- The leader of the Russian anti-gay vigilante group “Occupy Pedophilia,” who is alleged to have lured LGBT youth to abusive encounters through fake social media profiles, was sentenced Friday to five years in a Russian penal colony. Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich was convicted of inciting and fomenting cases of extremism by posting videos on the “Vkontakte” (VK.com) ...

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Russian MP says naked Apollo on banknote promotes ‘gay propaganda’

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A section of a Russian 100-rouble banknote.
A Russian lawmaker wants his country’s Central Bank to change the 100 rouble note and remove naked images of the Greek god Apollo because it violates Russian law by exposing minors to "gay propaganda." "You can see clearly that Apollo is naked, you can see his genitalia," says Member of Parliament Roman Khudyakov.

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British consulates to allow same-sex marriages in Russia, 22 other countries

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
Whitehall, London
Same-sex marriages can take place in the British consulates of more than 20 countries where the ceremonies are currently not legal, including in Russia, Azerbaijan, Serbia and Hungary. Britain’s Foreign Office has opened the doors of its missions to British nationals and their partners who wish to wed but are unable to under foreign laws,.

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