German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics
December 08 2013 4:16 PM ET

German President Will Boycott Sochi Olympics

Sunnivie Brydum

Joachim Gauck, who holds the mostly ceremonial title of President, is among the first major politicians to boycott the 2014 Olympics over host country Russia's human rights violations.

WATCH: Elton John Slams 'Inhumane, Isolating' Anti-LGBT Laws In Russia
December 06 2013 9:40 PM ET

WATCH: Elton John Takes Stage in Russia, Doesn't Hold Back

Sunnivie Brydum

The out musician also dedicated his Moscow performance to a 23-year-old gay Russian who was brutally murdered after coming out to his friends earlier this year.

New York Officials Demand Olympic Sponsors Take Action
December 05 2013 4:39 PM ET

New York Officials Demand Olympic Sponsors Take Action

Michael Regula

New York's comptroller sent a letter demanding major Olympic sponsors take action against Russia's LGBT oppression.

Russia's High Court Declares 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Constitutional
December 04 2013 3:22 PM ET

Russia's High Court: 'Gay Propaganda' Ban Is Constitutional

Sunnivie Brydum

Russia's Constitutional Court dismissed a challenge from one of the nation's most prominent LGBT activists contending that the nationwide ban on so-called gay propaganda violated the Russian Constitution.

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things
December 03 2013 6:01 PM ET

Russia Makes Mad Magazine's List of 20 Dumbest Things

Jase Peeples

Mad magazine's year-end '20 Dumbest People, Events, and Things' issue includes Russia among the worst of 2013 for the country’s appalling treatment of LGBT people.

Gay Ukranian 'X-Factor' Contestant Accuses Russian Neo-Nazis in Attack
December 03 2013 3:21 PM ET

X Factor's Gay Contestant IDs Russian Neo-Nazis

Sunnivie Brydum

Alexander Bohun, a 24-year-old gay man from Ukraine, was lured into a homophobic attack by a group of Russian nationalists calling themselves Occupy Pedophilia.

Italy Now Sole Country Allowed to Adopt Russian Children
December 02 2013 4:00 PM ET

Italy: Sole Country Allowed to Adopt Russian Children

Alex J Davidson

The Kremlin made the announcement following a summit of the two countries last week.

Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black Attend LGBT Film Festival in Russia, Despite Bomb Threats
November 26 2013 7:46 PM ET

Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black Attend LGBT Film Festival in Russia, Despite Bomb Threats

Jase Peeples

Though antigay opponents have attempted to shut it down, through fear, intimidation, and protest the Side by Side LGBT film festival continues in St. Petersburg.

Attacks on Moscow Gay Club Continue
November 25 2013 2:45 PM ET

Attacks on Moscow Gay Club Continue

Trudy Ring

Unknown assailants sprayed a harmful gas inside the Central Station club Saturday night, just a week after gunshots were fired there.

PSA Shines Spotlight on Violence Against Russian LGBTs
November 21 2013 8:28 PM ET

PSA Shines Spotlight on Violence Against Russian LGBTs

Daniel Reynolds

An advocacy organization has released the first in a series of videos that draws attention to the plight faced by LGBT Russians.

Putin Denounces 'Xenophobia' Against LGBT Russians
November 21 2013 2:39 PM ET

Putin Denounces 'Xenophobia' Against LGBT Russians

Sunnivie Brydum

The Russian president told local lawmakers that society should 'not create any xenophobia' against LGBT people, despite the law he passed that basically criminalizes any positive mention of LGBT identities.

WATCH: Band Behind 'Gay Bar' to Perform in Russia
November 18 2013 5:09 PM ET

WATCH: Band Behind 'Gay Bar' to Perform in Russia

Nicholas Cimarusti

A performance of the absurdist rock song from Detroit-based band Electric Six could spark outrage if interpreted as 'gay propaganda.'

Russian Journo Claims Gays Caused Meteor Strike
November 18 2013 3:40 PM ET

Russian Journo Claims Gays Caused Meteor Strike

Sunnivie Brydum

Arkady Mamontov also anchored an exploitive 'documentary' that aired on state TV warning of the 'threat' of 'homosexualists who attempt to infiltrate our country.'

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