Tag Archives: ‘Gay propaganda’ law

In turnaround, Russian court OKs two LGBT rallies

The Advocate reports: A district court in the Western Russian region of Kostroma on Friday [April 4] declared that two LGBT rallies can proceed as planned, overturning two decisions by lower courts that sided with local officials refusing to allow … Continue reading

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A victory for Russian defender of LGBT teens

Front Line Defenders reports: Russian Federation – Case against human rights defender Ms Lena Klimova closed On 21 February 2014, Nizhny Tagil Court ruled that the administrative case against human rights defender Ms Lena Klimova under the so-called “propaganda law” … Continue reading

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Russian police spy on LGBT activists, arrest 14

Russian police, who seemingly have a bug or an informant reporting on LGBT activists’ plans, arrested a total of 14 activists in St. Petersburg and Moscow during today’s opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics. AP reported from St. Petersburg: Russian … Continue reading

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Global conflict: Gay rights, repression (1. Russia; 2. More)

As pro-LGBT-rights protests and anti-LGBT initiatives continue in dozens of countries, here’s a sampling of the news and commentary about what’s going on. Russia coverage is below. Coming soon, a sampling of coverage of events in Africa, the Caribbean, and … Continue reading

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Anti-gay rage: Sign of progress toward gay rights?

Why are sub-Saharan Africa and Russia undergoing a wave of anti-gay attacks, arrests and legislation? Two reasons are frequently cited: Politicians’ use of anti-gay rhetoric and anti-gay legislation to deflect attention from their nations’ problems; Encouragement from anti-gay Christian fundamentalists. … Continue reading

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Russia: Moscow’s biggest gay club attacked again

A report from the “This Just In” news blog of the GLBT News Network: Russia: Moscow’s biggest gay club attacked again The head of Moscow’s biggest gay club has asked President Vladimir Putin to take measures to protect the club … Continue reading

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First conviction under Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law

Two LGBT activists were convicted and fined on Dec. 3 in a Russian lower court on charges of promoting “non-traditional” relationships. It was the first such conviction under the country’s new “gay propaganda law,” BuzzFeed reported, citing The Moscow Times. … Continue reading

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Putin: LGBTs welcome at Sochi Olympics; relief; protest

The latest on debates over how Russia’s new anti-”gay propaganda” law will or won’t affect the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and whether to boycott the games: Russia: Putin Says Sochi Welcomes Gays (Associated Press) President Vladimir V. Putin promised … Continue reading

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To please European Union, Moldova rejects anti-gay law

The lure of affiliation with the European Union has persuaded Moldova’s parliament in the capital city of Chisinau to cancel a new law that had banned “gay propaganda.” Agence France-Presse reported: Lawmakers in the former Soviet country voted narrowly to … Continue reading

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Next Olympics boss might be from nation with anti-gay law

Two of the six candidates vying to lead the International Olympic Committee are from  countries with either an anti-gay law on the books or an anti-gay bill that’s close to passage in the legislature. Ser Miang Ng  is from Singapore, … Continue reading

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