New app sends pro-LGBTI message to homophobic Russian laws

A new app aims to allow pro-LGBTI Russians to take a stand against homophobia, without breaking propaganda laws. The app called Raduga (Russian for ‘rainbow’) predicts when and where rainbows are going to appear. ‘Raduga uses live weather data to predict the formation of rainbows, and sends a you an alert when rainbows are likely

Russian Ministry of Health proposes sexologist offices in mental hospitals

In February, the Russian Ministry of Health published a new draft order that proposes amendments to the “Procedure for the provision of medical care in cases of mental and behavioral disorders.” Practically, it proposes establishment of offices of sexologists and outlines their activities, equipment, and staff. The changes are presented by the Ministry as aimed at improving health

European Parliament gravely concerned over situation LGBTI people in Crimea

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Crimea and the severe restrictions on the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. The resolution starts out by strongly condemning “the unprecedented levels of human rights abuses perpetrated against Crimean residents” (paragraph 2) following the Russian annexation. Zooming in on LGBTI rights,

Banned Russian LGBT youth group returns with more members than ever

The LGBT support group has gained even more members since its recent ban.   Last week Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, banned a number of LGBT groups registered on the country’s most popular social network VKontakte. The media watchdog forced VK – the Russian version of Facebook – to officially ban the groups, which included Children

Elton John Urges LGBT Acceptance in Ukraine

Elton John has called on Ukrainians to be more accepting of LGBT people, and he would like to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to encourage him to improve the situation in his nation as well. Policies “designed to repress LGBT citizens … hinder economic development,” the music star and activist told a meeting of

Pride flags fly during Russia’s Eurovision semi-final performance

Russian entry told Gay Star News ‘everyone is equal’. Pride flags flew clearly and proudly during Russia’s Eurovision semi-final performance last night (19 May). Polina Gagarina, the Russian act for this yearly camp song contest held in Vienna, Austria, sang A Million Voices. At one point during the performance, the audience were shown and all you

Russia to block support group for gay teens

Russia’s main support group for teenagers who identify as LGBT is to be blocked under the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law. The founders of Children-404 – the name of which references the country’s censorship of gay culture with reference to the ‘404 – Page not found’ internet error – aimed to provide a safe space for

Russian member organisation fined as ‘foreign agent’

Maximum, one of ILGA-Europe’s eleven member organisations in Russia, has been fined for failing to register as a so-called ‘foreign agent’. Under the infamous 2012 law, any organisation engaging in ‘political activity’ and who receives funds from abroad must register as a ‘foreign agent’ with the Russian Ministry of Justice. At a court hearing yesterday

Russia is furious that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ordered that all UN employees in legally recognized relationships should have equal partner benefits regardless of where they are working. The Russian Government has warned it may intervene at the United Nations to stop gay and lesbian employees of the UN receiving equal partner benefits

This incredible picture of a gay Russian couple has just won a major award

‘A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story’ This is a picture of Jon and Alex, a gay couple in Russia during a quiet moment. And this incredibly initmate and atmospheric image won the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 today (12 February). Photographed by Danish photographer Mads Nissen, it is part of a larger project