News from within the borders of Russia and the fight for LGBT equality there. The country's president, Vladimir Putin, ignited an international firestorm in the summer after signing the so-called gay propaganda law, which prohibits positive depictions of LGBT people in the Russian media. Russia is a country in southern Eurasia. It is also the world's largest country, although it ranks eighth most populous. Russia has a rich cultural heritage, and has contributed such figures as Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, and Igor Stravinsky.

Two Russian comedians say it was them, not President Vladimir Putin, who called Elton John to discuss LGBT rights.

September 17 2015 2:22 AM

Simon Gardenfors and Frej Larsson have devised a unique way to protest Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws.

September 16 2015 3:42 PM

It's not only morally right but smart, the star tells Ukrainian leaders, and he'd like the opportunity to tell Russia's Vladimir Putin the same thing.

September 12 2015 8:35 PM

Government officials cited a 'difficult economic situation,' but organizers of the film festival see further evidence of the country's crackdown on LGBT visibility.

August 30 2015 3:01 PM

'I don't want to perform in places where being homosexual is tantamount to a crime,' the singer says.

August 15 2015 2:28 PM

The activist's signs were torn by Russian paratroopers, who had gathered in the city to celebrate a military holiday.

August 02 2015 2:27 PM

There is still a long way to go before Russia's LGBT citizens can feel safe to be out and open in public.

July 13 2015 1:27 PM

Professional soccer's only out male player refuses to hide who he is, even if he's playing in a World Cup hosted in countries with harsh anti-LGBT laws.

July 10 2015 3:20 PM