Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World

While viewers across the United States watched the Olympic closing ceremonies, Jason Collins became the first publicly gay male athlete to compete in a major North American professional sports league as he took to the basketball court in Los Angeles. NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games over the past two weeks dedicated less than two … Continue reading Moving Forward: Four Steps and Six Strategies for Promoting LGBTI Rights Around the World

The Wild East: Vigilante Violence against LGBTI Russians

When I was in high school, U.S.-Soviet "space bridges" were popular: a studio audience of Americans would connect up live with a studio audience in the USSR, and they'd pose each other questions with assistance from celebrity hosts like Phil Donahue and Vladimir Pozner. In July 1986, during a "women to women" space bridge between … Continue reading The Wild East: Vigilante Violence against LGBTI Russians

Locking the Iron Closet: Russia’s Propaganda Law Isolates Vulnerable LGBTI Youth

Update: Great news! A district court in Nizhni Tagil acquitted Elena Klimova on charges of violating Russia's "gay propaganda" law, according to a report this morning from Deti-404. In the court hearing, Klimova's attorney, Maria Kozlovskaya, presented an expert opinion that Deti-404 does not contain information that "promotes non-traditional sexual relations," and that in fact … Continue reading Locking the Iron Closet: Russia’s Propaganda Law Isolates Vulnerable LGBTI Youth