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

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