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

Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law: How U.S. Extremists Are Fueling the Fight Against LGBTI Rights

On June 30, 2013, just four days after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decisions in favor of marriage equality in Windsor and Perry, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Federal Law 135, which bans propaganda to minors about "non-traditional sexual relations." For several years, opponents of marriage equality in the United States have … Continue reading Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law: How U.S. Extremists Are Fueling the Fight Against LGBTI Rights

Out in the Cold: LGBT Visibility at Olympics Key to Ending Homophobia

Last summer I spent a few days in Moscow to watch the Rugby Sevens World Cup. The tournament was held in the main stadium for the 1980 Summer Olympics—a stadium where U.S. Olympians never competed, due to a boycott over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The stadium has seen better days; during a downpour, large … Continue reading Out in the Cold: LGBT Visibility at Olympics Key to Ending Homophobia