Russia

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.
Dustin Lance Black's Newest Play Shows Us LGBT Life in Russia

Dustin Lance Black's Newest Play Shows Us LGBT Life in Russia

We mustn't 'forget about our brothers and sisters abroad,' says Black.

An Afternoon in WeHo With a Gay Russian Teen Seeking Asylum

A WeHo Walk With a Gay Russian Asylum-Seeker

Danny Fisk details his 'transformative' encounter with Vlad Slavskiy, an 18-year-old Russian LGBT activist participating in NYC's Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality.

Matt Bomer Narrates HBO Doc on Anti-Gay Sentiment in Russia

An exclusive first look at British filmmaker Ben Steele's exposé on Russian homophobia

Crimean Leader Promises Brutal Crackdown on LGBT Organizers

Crimean Strongman Gives LGBT Activists 3 Minutes to Go Straight

Crimea's thuggish new leader tells media LGBT people have no place in the former Ukrainian province, where a harsh crackdown is under way.

WATCH: Russian Pol's Attempt to Shame Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Backfires

WATCH: Russian Pol's Attempt to Shame Conchita Wurst Backfires

If these two Russian politicians were hoping to drown out the Austrian drag queen's voice, they may want to check the volume on their bigotry. 

13 Russian Kids Reunited with Families Blocked by Anti-LGBT Adoption Laws

13 Russian Kids Finally Reunite with Parents

With Russia still banning adoptions by couples from any country that supports equal marriage, 13 families finally found a closure that continues to elude thousands.

Surprise! Meet Russia's First Legally Married Brides

Surprise! Meet Russia's First Legally Married Brides

Because one bride identifies as androgyne, Russian authorities were forced to let the couple marry or recognize her nonbinary gender and forbid the marriage.

Russian Neo-Nazi Sentenced to Five Years In Penal Colony, But Not For Antigay Attacks

Antigay Russian Neo-Nazi Sentenced to Five Years In Penal Colony

Notorious Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich was sentenced to five years in a penal colony, but prosecutors didn't even mention his well-documented violent attacks on men presumed to be gay.

Finally: Russia's First Nonviolent Pride Event

Russian City Hosts Pride With Shocking Outcome

St. Petersburg, the city that gave birth to Russia's first antigay law, has now held Russia's first Pride rally without violence.

Russia Declares St. Petersburg LGBT Group 'Foreign Agent'

Russia Declares Gay Group 'Foreign Agent'

By requiring Coming Out Russia to register as a 'foreign agent,' a judge has severely hampered the advocacy efforts of the group, it says.

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