One of club’s owners caused a stir earlier this month when a selfie she took kissing her girlfriend with an anti-LGBT lawmaker in the background went viral.
Maslenitsa, or “Pancake Week,” celebrates the end of winter in Russia and Ukraine. This year, with relations between Russia and the West at a historic low, some revelers got political.
“We’ve known, on our own skin, what police brutality feels like and we can’t be silent on this issue,” the group told BuzzFeed News.
Odin Biron, who plays the American son of gay dads on a popular Russian TV show, came out as gay. His Russian co-star, who has called for burning LGBT people alive, “hit his head against the wall and cursed fate.”
Nearly a year after protesters ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych from Ukraine, a Moscow art group showed history from the Kremlin’s point of view.
“I cannot say who exactly is annoyed with our reports but certain law enforcement agencies send letters about us to the top,” TV-2’s editor-in-chief said.
The group says it will continue to “raid” schools “where the rights of children and families may be violated.”
A lesbian couple flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg were seated near one of Russia’s staunchest anti-LGBT lawmakers, so they decided to show him how they feel.
Russia’s federal communications agency called her approach to supporting vulnerable Russian teens “amateurish.”
Foreign groups deemed “undesirable” could have their assets frozen and their Russian employees could face fines and prison time, leaving human rights organizations deeply concerned.
A new list of disorders that can disqualify people from driving ranges from “transsexualism” to “sadomasochism.”
The attack left four people injured, local media reported.
Vladimir Putin said earlier this month that Russia has been unfairly labeled as anti-LGBT. A new report from Human Rights Watch paints a starkly different portrait.
“The empire strikes back :)” Emails posted online by mysterious leak publishers suggest a concerted effort to “push the pro-family worldwide movement.”
“Thank God — at one time, the Germans shot them. It improves fertility,” Unity Party official Inga Priede tweeted.
Russia is leading a global anti-LGBT push, but it was once a refuge for LGBT people from more conservative countries around the region. One man who fled tells his story to BuzzFeed News.
Anti-LGBT figure Maxim Martsinkevich will now serve just under three years for extremism.
The announcement made waves in the former Soviet republic and across its border with Russia.
Kiev’s oldest movie theater was set on fire last week while an LGBT film was playing. Men in camouflage tried to stop a second screening days later.
Update: Kyrgyzstan’s lawmakers voted Oct. 15 to advance a bill that could put individuals who spread “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” in prison for up to a year.