President Obama sending lesbian sports icon Billie Jean King to Olympics in Sochi

Billie Jean King, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, is part of the delegation that will be representing the US at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. King, 70, is not only one of the world’s most famous athletes, she’s also one of the world’s most famous lesbians and a tireless advocate

Moscow gay club attacked with poison gas

Four attacks have been made on Russia’s Central Station nightclub since the gay propaganda law was enforced this summer. The perpetrators of the attack on the club Central Station on 23 November, remained unknown, but the club’s director was clearly convinced that extremist anti-gay views were to blame. According to a report by Queer Russia,

Russian police intimidate LGBT activists

Staunton, October 14 – Police in St. Petersburg told a group of LGBT activists attempting to hold a demonstration in the northern capital that Cossacks, Orthodox and Muslim clergy, and other opposed to homosexuality would beat them so badly that the gay group would “not be able to stand up again before the [Sochi] Olympics,”

Russian right: Elton John’s concert “insulting” to all Russian citizens

Several Russian homophobic groups have called on the authorities to ban an upcoming Elton John concert, saying that allowing the pop icon to perform would make a “mockery” of the country’s anti-gay laws. Yuri Ageshchev, the leader of religious fundamentalist group, the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods, told Novy Region news agency: “The statement by this

Putin claims Berlusconi is being persecuted for being heterosexual

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the extraordinary claim that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being persecuted because of his heterosexuality over claims he had sex with an underage prostitute. ‘Berlusconi is being tried because he lives with women,’ Putin said Thursday in Valdai, Russia. ‘If he were homosexual, no one would lift

Sunday afternoon, several dozen young Lithuanian activists staged a rally outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, protesting against LGBT rights violations in Russia. Sporting T-shirts saying “To Russia With Love” and badges bearing colourfully made-up portraits of Vladimir Putin, the protesters said the event was not just a sign of support to Russia’s LGBT community,

Russian lawmaker introduces bill to deprive gay and lesbian people of parenting rights

Lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov has proposed a bill that will would deny gay parents custody over their own children. If passed it would make “non traditional sexual orientation” a basis for the deprivation of parental rights. It places same-sex sexual orientation in the same category as alcohol and drug abuse. If passed the law would follow

Russian Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality hold flashmobs across 13 cities

Russia’s Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality has held a series of successful public protests despite being filmed by police, sending the message ‘from Russia with love’ to the global LGBT community. Organizers of the 3 September flashmob event held it in solidarity with other protests held around the world against Russia’s treatment of LGBTs. ‘We,

24-year-old Dmitry Isakov may become the first gay rights activist to be convicted under Russia’s controversial “gay propanda” laws, after he was attacked and arrested by his own parents at a solo campaign in July. On July 30, Mr Isakov staged a one-man protest in the centre of the town of Kazan, Russia, holding up a

Members of the European Parliament are calling on EU leaders and the Council of Europe to denounce Russia’s increasingly forceful crackdown against minorities. In the past year, several laws were adopted to curtail the rights of minorities, and attack non-governmental organisations defending human rights. Latest examples include the Foreign Agents law and several homophobic ‘anti-propaganda’