Russia

LGBTI Rights in Russia


ADDED ON: 01/31/2023

Gay soldier flees Russian missile strike during speech honoring Ukrainian LGBTQ+ servicemembers

During an exhibit honoring LGBTQ+ servicemembers in Ukraine, one servicemember speaking on video reportedly had to abruptly sign off to seek shelter when a Russian missile attack occurred. According to the Los…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2023

Russia: Putin’s Kremlin targets LGBT in new crackdown

"I'm the only monster drag queen in Russia," Danya proudly tells me as he applies ghostly-white make-up in front of a mirror. We're sitting in his kitchen, a rainbow flag adorning the…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2023

Chechnya’s top homophobe urges anti-LGBT Arabs to fight in Ukraine

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, during a direct line broadcast for the first time in English and Arabic, addressed the Arab world and all Muslims with an offer to participate in…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2023

‘Crazy shift in my perception’: How first transgender war correspondent is now fighting with Ukraine

On a summer day in Zolochiv, Ukraine, a rocket dropped from the sky and exploded into a building across the street from journalist Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, who caught the blast on cellphone video.…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2022

Kadyrov to the Arab world: Who does not want to live under the LGBT flags – to join “special military operation” in Ukraine

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, during a direct line broadcast for the first time in English and Arabic, addressed the Arab world and all Muslims with an offer to participate in…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2022

Russia’s Media Regulator Granted Powers to Block all LGBT Sites

The Russian government has granted its media regulator the authority to block websites containing “LGBT propaganda” without a court order, according to a decree published on Monday. “Information propagating non-traditional sexual relations…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2022

Russian LGBTQ History Museum Closes Because of Anti-Gay Law

An LGBTQ history museum in Russia opened and closed in less than two weeks, in a protest of Russia’s new law banning LGBTQ “propaganda.” Pyotr Voskresensky, the museum’s founder, spent years gathering…

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ADDED ON: 12/11/2022

‘Our mere existence is illegal.’ As Moscow toughens anti-gay law, LGBTQ Russians fear for the future

Young mothers Yana and Yaroslava don’t want to leave Russia with their 6-year-old son. But they fear a harsh new anti-gay law passed by Russian lawmakers will leave them little choice. “We…

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ADDED ON: 12/10/2022

Popular Russian Social Network VK Starts Marking Materials Containing LGBT Text

The social network "VKontakte" began to mark with a special plate the communities in which the so-called LGBT content can be posted. When you try to enter a group that contains entries…

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ADDED ON: 12/09/2022

RUSSIA FREES OUT GAY BASKETBALL STAR BRITTNEY GRINER IN PRISONER SWAP FOR ARMS DEALER

Out gay American basketball star Brittney Griner was freed by Russia, in exchange for the US releasing Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, known as the ‘Merchant of Death’. “Moments ago I spoke…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2022

Putin signs expanded anti-LGBTQ laws in Russia, in latest crackdown on rights

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a bill that expands a ban on so-called LGBTQ “propaganda” in Russia, making it illegal for anyone to promote same-sex relationships or suggest…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2022

Russian drag queens ‘ready for the worst’ as LGBTQ law looms

Backstage at a bar in Moscow, a troupe of drag queens surrounded by make-up palettes and sparkling costumes join hands before taking to the stage for what could be one of their…

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