Tag Archives: Russian LGBT Network

Church leader seeks Russian vote to outlaw gay sex

A leading official of the Russian Orthodox Church has proposed a national referendum on whether to again make gay sex a crime, as it was in Russia until 1993. The government-funded Russia Today network reported on the official statement from … Continue reading

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Why do activists reject Russian LGBT strategy for Olympics?

WHOSE STRATEGY WILL PREVAIL: LOCALS’ OR FOREIGNERS’ Six months before the scheduled start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, opponents of Russia’s crackdown on LGBT people find themselves sharply divided over how to proceed. Boycott the Sochi games?  Move … Continue reading

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Ongoing surge of LGBT protests: Cameroon, Jamaica, Russia

CAMEROON In Cameroon, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and U.K. High Commissioner Bharat Joshi are expected to attend this weekend’s funeral of murdered LGBT activist/journalist Eric Lembembe. Protests of his murder are scheduled in The Hague, Netherlands, and in France. … Continue reading

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Russian LGBT group delighted, nearly overwhelmed by support

The Russian LGBT Network is nearly overwhelmed with the volume of letters and other communications from supporters who want to help them block Russia’s new ban on ill-defined “gay propaganda.”  On July 29, the network issued this statement, expressing its … Continue reading

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New Russian LGBT boycott target: Olympics sponsors?

Who should be boycotted to protest Russia’s anti-LGBT crackdown, if anyone? The newly launched boycott of Stolichnaya vodka is flawed because the Stolichnaya that’s available outside Russia is made in Latvia by a gay-friendly company based in Luxembourg. RUSA LGBT, … Continue reading

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Boycotting anti-gay Russia: Vodka, maybe Olympics too

The Russian LGBT Network says opponents of Russia’s anti-gay crackdown should protest at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, rather than boycotting them. That stance contrasts with the position of RUSA LGBT, a Russian-American gay rights group, which is … Continue reading

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Dutch film crew safe at home after anti-gay arrests in Russia

Russian LGBT Network reports: On Monday the 22th, four Dutch activists – a filming crew led by Kris van den Veen from the Dutch organization “LGBT Groningen” – were supposed to face the Lenin regional court in Murmansk, Russia. They … Continue reading

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Russia update: 4 Dutch citizens arrested for ‘gay propaganda’

Update from the Russian LGBT Network on July 22: Murmansk, Russia — Four Dutch citizens were detained on charges of spreading “gay propaganda” on July 20 and 21 at the Youth for Human Rights Camp. The camp’s program included a … Continue reading

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Russia arrests 3 Dutch visitors, cites ‘gay propaganda’ ban

The Russian LGBT Network reported July 21: In Murmansk city (North Russia) 3 Dutch citizens detained by the police on charges of gay-propaganda. At the moment they were released from the police station. Police compiled reports on the violation of … Continue reading

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Glimmer of legal hope for LGBTs in Russia

The Russian LGBT Network reported that a regional court has decided that recent Gay Pride activities in Saint Petersburg on June 29 were legal, despite city and national laws against “gay propaganda”: Although police claimed the gathering was “unauthorized,” on … Continue reading

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