Tag Archives: St Petersburg

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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St. Petersburg joins world protests for LGBT rights

As international protests continue against Russia’s anti-gay crackdown, Russia’s Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality gathered in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Feb. 5 to to seek repeal of the country’s national and regional laws against “gay propaganda.” Protests, many of them … Continue reading

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Russia: Police arrest 60 St. Petersburg gay pride marchers

Gay Star News, among others, reports: All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans. Some participants were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors. Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most … Continue reading

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Russian demonstrators seek LGBT rights

The LGBT rights organization Coming Out helped organize a protest today in St. Petersburg, Russia, and released this account of the day’s events: One of the Largest LGBT Demonstrations in Russia took place in St. Petersburg Today, over 150 LGBT … Continue reading

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LGBT rally in Russia to honor victims of hate crimes

LGBT activists in Russia announced that a May 17 rally in St. Petersburg will focus on victims of homophobic hate crimes, including Vladislav Tornovoy, who was raped with a beer bottle, stabbed and beaten to death in Volgograd last week, apparently … Continue reading

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LGBT marchers defy St. Petersburg anti-gay law

Despite the St. Petersburg law against “gay propaganda,” dozens of people marched with rainbow flags through the center of the city today. The local LGBT organization Coming Out reported: RAINBOW MAY DAY MARCH IN ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA May 1st, a … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry visits, supports LGBT activists in Russia

On a March 14 trip to Russia, British actor/author Stephen Fry heard from LGBT activists about the increase in anti-gay violence since the passage of St. Petersburg’s “gay propaganda” law, which the Russian parliament is considering extending nationwide. Fry said, … Continue reading

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‘Traditional values’ as a tool to deny rights to LGBTs

Traditions can create a sense of connectedness between the present and the past, but they can also be used to deny rights to women and sexual minorities, warns Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. … Continue reading

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Russia to Madonna: Show up for ‘gay propaganda’ trial

Pop entertainer Madonna has been ordered to appear in a Russian court on charges of violating the St. Petersburg law against “gay propaganda.” According to the news website Russia Today, anti-gay activists sent a legal summons to Madonna’s home address … Continue reading

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$10.7m anti-gay lawsuit vs. Madonna in Russian court

A court in St. Petersburg has begun reviewing a $10.7 million lawsuit against pop entertainer Madonna, who plaintiffs claim broke the Russian city’s new law against  “gay propaganda” in the presence of minors. On Oct. 11, the court began reviewing … Continue reading

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