Russia

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Russian Prime Minister: ‘No Problem at All’ — Have a Coke & a Smile

by JOE DELMONACO“Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that he has no knowledge of the ‘gay propaganda’ ban being enforced and that he hasn’t heard any complaints from LGBT Russians.” –The Advocate “Coca-Cola has indicated it will not be taking a stance against Russia’s anti-gay laws at the Sochi Winter Olympics where … Continue reading

Azeri Gay Rights Activist Commits Suicide

by DAVE FUMAROLA Azerbaijan’s LGBT community is currently mourning the loss of one if their leading activists. The body of 20-year-old Isa Shakhmarli was found yesterday after reportedly hanging himself. Shakhmarli was the chairman of Azerbaijan Free LGBT, a Baku-based gay rights advocacy group. Shakhmarli wrote a suicide note to his friends on Facebook, saying … Continue reading

Pshaw! LGBT Protester Arrested by Russian Security Forces (But Vlad Putin Digs Elton John)

by JOE DELMONACO Pavel Lebedev, a gay Russian protester, was arrested on Saturday after being tackled by members of the Russian Security Forces for unfurling a rainbow flag in the town of Voronezh, 560 miles north of Sochi, venue for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Mr. Lebedev unfurled the flag during the passing of the … Continue reading

Pshaw! Gays to be ‘Safe’ at Russian Winter Olympics Says Vlad Putin, But Leave Them Kids Alone

by JOE DELMONACO Claiming that Russia is more liberal than other countries with respect to LGBT rights, its president, Vladimir Putin, announced on Friday that homosexuals attending or participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics will be safe. Saying that the situation in Russia is better for homosexuals than in other countries, including the US, where … Continue reading

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