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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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Report: Russian authorities fail to prevent, prosecute anti-LGBT attacks

Monday, December 15, 2014
In this June 29, 2013 photo, riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Human Rights Watch says growing numbers of LGBT people have been attacked and harassed across Russia in the lead-up and aftermath of the adoption of the 2013 anti-LGBT “propaganda” law. ...

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Scores of gay Russians seek asylum in U.S. due to hostility back home

Saturday, November 29, 2014
In this Oct. 18, 2014, photo provided by Michael Knaapen, Andrew Nasonov, right, and Igor Bazilevsky, pose for a photo after the couple was married at Meridian Hill Park in Washington. They both came to the U.S. from Russia in July, and are preparing to file an application seeking asylum in the U.S.
NEW YORK -- Had he stayed in Russia, Andrew Mironov would be settling in to a stable job with an oil company, likely with a newly awarded doctoral degree in electrical engineering. Instead, he faces an uncertain future in New ...

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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 ...

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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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