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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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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 ...

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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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Russian memorial to Steve Jobs dismantled after Apple CEO comes out

Monday, November 3, 2014
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 ...

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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 ...

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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Dmitry Chyzhevsky lost vision in his left eye from injuries sustained in the attack.
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 ...

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Four gay rights activists arrested in Russia during Olympics protest

Friday, February 7, 2014
Dmitry Lovetsky, AP
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russian police have arrested four gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. ...

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Bomb threat disrupts opening of St. Petersburg LGBT Film Festival

Thursday, November 21, 2013
ST. PETERBURG, Russia — Queer Russia is reporting that a bomb threat has delayed the opening of the St. Petersburg LGBT Film Festival. ...

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Masked thugs invade Russian LGBT activist meeting, one victim may lose eye

Monday, November 4, 2013
VK.comDmitry Chizhevsky
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- Using baseball bats and air-pellet guns, a group of masked thugs forced their way into a meeting of LGBT equality rights activists Sunday, attacking those in attendance. ...

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‘Coming Out’ rally in St. Petersburg, Russia ends in violence

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Dmitry Lovetsk, APRiot police detain gay rights activists after a scuffle with anti-gay protesters during an LGBT rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Sixty-seven people were arrested Saturday at an LGBT event in St. Petersburg, Russia, as anti-gay protesters clashed with LGBT rights advocates, a police official told LGBTQ Nation. ...

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