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Op-ed: Global LGBT Rights a Patchwork of Equality and Persecution

This year saw some steps forward on global LGBT human rights, but many victories came in the form of harm reduction rather than 'clean' wins.

The Moment Johnny Weir Cried in Sochi

Olympian and gay ice skater Johnny Weir on his love for Russia, that one time he called LGBT activists 'idiots' (and then apologized), and the importance of a great pair of leggings.

If You Ask These Queens, Sochi's Gay Scene Is No Drag

While in Russia, we explored the short history of Sochi's drag culture and the queens who started it.

Opening Ceremony Was a Snark Fest on Twitter

Gaysayer Twitter comedians went for the gold in snark during the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Two More Olympic Sponsors Condemn Russian Law

Chobani and DeVry University are the two newest sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Committee sponsors to condemn Russia's antigay law.

Out Norwegian Pol Heads To Sochi With Husband

Norway's openly gay health minister said it's only natural that he bring his husband to the Paralympic games with him in Sochi, Russia.

Sochi Mayor: We Don't Have Gays in Our Town

Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says there are no gay people in his Russian town -- at least none that he knows of.

Putin to Gays: Leave Kids Alone and You'll Be Safe

The Russian president contends LGBT people will be welcome in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, as long as they don't try to speak to children.

Russia Accuses EU of 'Aggressive Propaganda' of Gay Love

The report, from Russia's Foreign Ministry, also calls out 'xenophobia, racism, violent nationalism, and neo-Nazism' in Europe.

State Dept. Warns LGBT Olympic Spectators

In advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for American citizens.

WATCH: Janet Napolitano 'Evolves' on Marriage Equality

The former Department of Homeland Security secretary and current Olympic delegate discussed security and LGBT rights ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, next month.

New York Officials Demand Olympic Sponsors Take Action

New York's comptroller sent a letter demanding major Olympic sponsors take action against Russia's LGBT oppression.

Russia Is Spying on LGBT Activists Who Meet With HRC

A so-called expose that aired on Russian television this week reveals that government officials recorded private conversations between LGBT activists and international human rights organizations in October.

IOC President Won't Meet With LGBT Activists in Russia

But Thomas Bach did propose an alternate meeting with Russian activists at the IOC's headquarters in Switzerland.

Putin Promises Gay Olympians Will Be 'Comfortable' in Sochi

Russian president Vladimir Putin told national sports officials today that his administration will 'do everything' to make sure LGBT athletes and spectators are 'comfortable' at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

WATCH: Rachel Maddow on NOM's Meddling in Russia

The out MSNBC anchor contends that 'a virulently antigay Russia' was 'made in America.'