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Court ruling: Russian LGBT group is ‘foreign agent’

A court in St. Petersburg, Russia, yesterday ruled that the Russian LGBT rights group Coming Out is a “foreign agent,” a category that limits its ability to communicate with Russian citizens and subjects it to extra government scrutiny. Coming Out issued the following statement immediately after the ruling: Today, July 21, 2014, Vasileostrovsky District Court … Continue reading

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Russian police protect some LGBT activists, harass others

Police in Russia harassed or arrested several LGBT rights activists in connection with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, the Russian LGBT Network reported. But most of the IDAHOT events in 16 Russian cities occurred without disruption. Many of the celebrations were organized as “Rainbow flashmobs” without a public announcement of … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg joins world protests for LGBT rights

As international protests continue against Russia’s anti-gay crackdown, Russia’s Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality gathered in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Feb. 5 to to seek repeal of the country’s national and regional laws against “gay propaganda.” Protests, many of them coordinated by the online activist group AllOut, were held or are planned in New York, … Continue reading

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Russia: Police arrest 60 St. Petersburg gay pride marchers

Gay Star News, among others, reports: All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans. Some participants were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors. Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT activists who was arrested last month for organizing a gay rights march, confirmed … Continue reading

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Stephen Fry visits, supports LGBT activists in Russia

On a March 14 trip to Russia, British actor/author Stephen Fry heard from LGBT activists about the increase in anti-gay violence since the passage of St. Petersburg’s “gay propaganda” law, which the Russian parliament is considering extending nationwide. Fry said, “Although I’ve been horrified and upset, and angry at the brutish tyranny of the so … Continue reading