A law penalizing “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors” came into force in St. Petersburg in March, to mixed reactions among Russians where anti-gay sentiment remains strong. A similar bill was introduced in the federal parliament while Moscow is also considering a ban on “sodomy” promotion.
US gay rights activists have staged a “guerilla photo shoot” at an Ikea store in New York to protest the Swedish furniture titan’s recent decision to drop a story about a same-sex couple from the Russian edition of its global in-house magazine, the Huffington Post has reported.
Sweden’s flatpack furniture giant Ikea dropped a story about a same-sex couple from the Russian edition of its global in-house magazine, a newspaper said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday spoke out against intolerance of sexual minorities, and reiterated that a recently adopted law to prevent the promotion of homosexuality was designed to protect children.
Promoters that brought Lady Gaga to Russia to perform last year have been fined 20,000 rubles ($615) for violating a controversial law banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors.
An already besieged set of events intended to promote investment in the Russian economy has come under further pressure, as a US gay rights activist has launched a petition asking the New York Stock Exchange to cancel its upcoming Russia Day.
Gays are not being prosecuted in Russia, so they have no grounds to ask the Netherlands for asylum, the Dutch foreign minister has said.
Russia could be denied the right to hold the Eurovision song contest in future over recently introduced “gay propaganda” legislation, its organizers said.
The European Union’s top court ruled on Thursday that homosexuals who face persecution in their home country should be allowed to stay in the EU.
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, whose recent performances in London and New York have been the target of protests from gay rights activists, has denied that he supports Russia’s controversial new “anti-gay laws.”
The foreign minister of the Netherlands says his country will offer asylum to Russians claiming discrimination under a recently introduced anti-gay propaganda law, Dutch media has reported.
Unknown assailants attacked a meeting of gay rights activists in Saint Petersburg with air guns, local media reported late Sunday.
A bill that proposes stripping gays with children of their parental rights, introduced by Russian lawmaker Alexei Zhuravlyov, has been withdrawn from the parliament, a spokesperson for the lawmaker said Saturday.
The city of San Francisco has cancelled plans to participate in an upcoming 150th anniversary ceremony recognizing the Russian Navy for its critical, historic assistance in fighting a massive fire that consumed much of the San Francisco financial district in 1863, an organizer of the event told RIA Novosti.
A group of Orthodox Christians blocked the entrance to parliament in Moldova on Friday in protest at proposed amendments that would soften the country’s anti-gay laws.
A prominent US gay rights activist on Wednesday asked top officials to investigate whether a leading opponent of same-sex marriage broke US law by consulting with officials in Moscow on legislation banning same-sex couples from adopting Russian children.
An all-male cast plans to transplant the musical “Cabaret” from its original setting in Nazi-era Berlin to modern day Russia to take “direct aim at Russia’s stringent anti-LGBT policies” when it stages the play in Seattle later this year, Playbill.com has reported.
Famed Russian conductor and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev, spoke publicly for the first time in Washington Monday night about his country’s controversial legislation on homosexuality, shrugging off pressure on him from gay rights groups to oppose the law and telling RIA Novosti he has no reason to apologize.
A team of Dutch actors spoke in support of Russian gays and journalists after a performance based on Anton Chekhov adaptation at a theater festival opened in St. Petersburg this week, according to a witness.
A conservative imam in Russia’s predominantly Muslim Republic of Tatarstan has called for a boycott of an upcoming concert by gay pop star Elton John, whom he branded as the “devil’s work in the shape of a pederast.”
Russian hockey star Alex Ovechkin said he does not believe gay athletes should be worried about their safety during the Sochi Winter Olympics next year in the wake of a controversial Russian law on homosexuality, National Public Radio reported Tuesday.