Topics :: Russia

Russia is So Anti-Gay, FIFA World Cup Can’t Be Held There

By Winnie McCroy | Monday Jul 7, 2014
As FIFA looks at Russia to host the 2018 World Cup, officials are concerned that the nation is so homophobic, it won’t jibe with FIFA’s stated mission to fight discrimination at the World Cup.

Fancy Footwear Leads Russian Orthodox Priest to Slam World Cup as a Gay ’Abomination’

By Jason St. Amand | Monday Jul 7, 2014
A Russian Orthodox priest slammed FIFA’s World Cup football (soccer) competition currently playing out in Brazil, claiming the sporting event is a "homosexual abomination" because the athletes wear brightly colored shoes.

Putin Won’t Meet With Elton John to Talk Gay Rights

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t talk with Sir Elton John about gay rights since Kremlin officials say they did not receive an official invitation from the pop star.

Demi Lovato’s Pride Performance Irks Mother Russia

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jul 2, 2014
Pop star Demi Lovato riled up a number of Russians after her New York Pride performance on Sunday.

Putin to ’Improve’ Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws?

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jun 25, 2014
While Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting Vienna this week, he said he will look into the country’s highly controversial anti-gay laws and "improve" them in the future.

Kyrgyzstan Comes Closer to Passing ’Homosexual Propaganda’ Bill

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Jun 20, 2014
A bill that mirrors Russia’s highly controversial "homosexual propaganda" law inches closer to becoming a reality in Kyrgyzstan as the Central Asian country’s human rights committee approved the measure this week.

St. Petersburg Repeals ’Homosexual Propaganda’ Law

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jun 18, 2014
Lawmakers in St. Petersburg, Russia, repealed the city’s highly controversial "gay propaganda" law this week.

Gay Couples Can Marry in Russia, Other Countries in British Consulate

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jun 4, 2014
Same-sex marriages can now take place in the British consulates of 23 countries around the world, including nations where gay marriage isn’t legal, like Russia, Serbia, Hungary and Azerbaijan. The marriages, however, won’t be recognized under foreign law.

Moscow Police Detain 2 at Gay Pride Demonstration

Saturday May 31, 2014
Police in the Russian capital have detained two protesters who were holding an unsanctioned gay pride demonstration.

Russian College Students Kidnap Gay Man at Gunpoint via Social Media

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday May 29, 2014
Five college students from Russia allegedly kidnapped a 25-year-old gay man at gunpoint after luring him by using a dating website.