Pennsylvania's first openly gay elected official on being an out athlete, Russia's antigay Winter Olympics, and serving the Northeast's lone marriage equality holdout.
Konstantin Altunin has reportedly fled Russia after authorities confiscated several of his paintings and shut down an art exhibit that was critical of President Vladimir Putin.
The captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins says that having grown up in Canada, he doesn't understand why Russia is so opposed to LGBT equality.
The high-ranking official also wants to reinstate Russia's ban on gay people giving blood or donating organs.
Award-winning journalist and former Advocate columnist Jamie Kirchick was silenced by a government-owned TV station after he criticized Russia's ban on so-called homosexual propaganda.
The law will impose steep fines on any individual, media, or legal entity discussing "non-traditional sexual relations."
The Russian president says gays and lesbians are "not discriminated against in any way" in his country, despite a law that passed the lower house of Parliament unanimously banning discussion of or "promoting homosexuality to minors."