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ADDED ON: 12/30/2020

Russia Adds Women’s Rights NGO to ‘Foreign Agents’ List

Russia has labeled prominent women’s rights organization Nasiliyu.net (“No to Violence”) as a “foreign agent,” the Justice Ministry announced Tuesday. The Justice Ministry’s addition of the NGO, which provides legal and psychological…

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ADDED ON: 12/23/2020

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe for people living with HIV?

As the first COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out around the world, HIV/AIDS experts and advocates have sought to reassure those living with HIV that they can safely get the coronavirus vaccination. Some…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2020

Russian Activists Just Won an Important Battle Over LGBTQ Rights. But the War Is Far From Over

Two weeks after the constitution was changed, the government proposed a bill to ban same-sex marriage and end the legal recognition of transgender people. Many activists had expected the landmark bill, co-authored…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Russian Lawmaker, LGBT Activist Named Among World’s Most Influential Women

Feminist Russian lawmaker Oksana Pushkina and prosecuted LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova have been named among the world’s 100 most inspirational and influential women in 2020 by the BBC. This year's edition of…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2020

Draft laws impacting children’s and transgender rights in Russia withdrawn from State Duma

The authors behind two separate packages of amendments to Russia’s Family Code have withdrawn their initiatives from the State Duma following backlash over proposed changes that would impact child protective services and…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2020

St. Petersburg authorities disrupt LGBT film fest opening

St. Petersburg police and officials from Russia’s consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor disrupted the opening night of Russia’s only annual LGBT film festival, its organizers said. The Side By Side film festival has…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2020

Russian Cabinet rejects bill outlining changes to the Family Code impacting children’s and transgender rights

Russia’s Government Commission on Legislative Activities has rejected conservative Senator Elena Mizulina’s draft law “aimed at strengthening the institution of the family.” The commission believes that the changes outlined in the bill…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2020

Single fathers with children via surrogates flee Russia amid crackdown

Several gay men have fled Russia after officials said that they would arrest people “of non-traditional sexual orientation” who had had children through surrogacy. The announcement formed the authorities’ latest attack on…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2020

Pussy Riot members arrested after LGBT+ flag protest

Russian police detained two leading members of the Pussy Riot art collective on Thursday. The news follows the radical group’s LGBT+ protest that saw them raising pride flags at five government buildings…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2020

Gay men in Russia with surrogate children warned they face arrest

Russian authorities have warned of the arrest of gay men who have fathered children to surrogate mothers, firing what appears to be another salvo across the bow of LGBT+ rights. Commenting on…

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ADDED ON: 09/29/2020

No One Wants To Testify’: Gruesome Murder Case Highlights Vulnerability Of Russia’s Transgender Population

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- In June, a high school student discovered a decapitated and dismembered body in a swimming hole on the Mga River just outside St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city.…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2020

Russian teachers ordered to track, report LGBTQ students to gov’t – report

Russian teachers were ordered to identify and monitor LGBTQ+ students and report them to the federation's Interior Ministry, the Russian LGBT Network reported last Thursday. The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD)…

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