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."