The Putin ally was reportedly insulted he shook hands with a gay man.
July 25 2023 1:20 PM
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.
He arrived in Russia from Europe to attend his father's funeral after fleeing the region in 2018 due to persecution because he's gay.
Kasatkina not only came out as queer, but she's also been a vocal critic of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Brittney Griner gave supporters an address to which they can send Paul Whelan encouraging letters.
The WNBA star who was released from Russian captivity on December 8 has left the facility in Texas where she had been undergoing treatment to help reintegrate into American society.
Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former mayor of Atlanta and the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, on the herculean effort that resulted in Griner's freedom.
The Biden administration secured custody of the lesbian athlete quietly and announced her freedom in an early morning press conference.
It comes only a day after Brittney Griner's legal team confirmed that the lesbian Basketball star has been moved to a penal colony.
Russian penal colonies are often harsh facilities for political prisoners, according to the U.S. State Department.