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 erosion of morals, born across the ocean, and the degradation of the institution of marriage — Europe is bending over for the U.S.,” a Rossiya 1 announcer said as the channel showed fan art for the game Team Fortress 2. “Is this what a child’s bedroom should look like?”
The company said the iPhone was now “gay propaganda.”
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.
Dmitry Isakov may become the first person convicted under a law banning “promoting non-traditional sexual relations.”
Two weeks after protests that included topless woman jumping the Russian embassy fence, the crosswalk outside the building have been painted rainbow colors.
Author Stephen Fry, whose open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee to move the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, attended the protest. “Just remember that what this is about is not a big abstract thing like the Olympic movement … it’s about allowing the gay people of Russia to grow up free and proud and happy,” he said.
The International Olympic Committee “must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.” The Star Trek star weighed in Tuesday on the question about the country’s anti-LGBT laws to his millions of Facebook fans.
The video is incredibly graphic.
Russia, you in danger, gurl. Update:Vitaly Milonov, the man who wrote Russia’s anti-gay law, is now attempting to charge Lady Gaga and Madonna (12 and 13 on this list) with “promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among minors.”
Sen. Jeff Merkley will introduce the resolution. The measure will call on the International Olympic Committee to oppose Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law and protect athletes and spectators from discrimination at the Winter Olympics.
“The opinion of the Russian government is now perfectly clear: if you’re gay and you come to Russia for the Olympics, you will be in harm’s way,” an advocate says. The sports minister’s comments contradict a statement last week from International Olympic Committee.
The protesters hope to draw attention to anti-gay legislation and violence in Russia. A New York City gay bar owner admitted boycotting Russian vodka might not do much, but it can bring attention to the issue.
“NBCUniversal … has a unique opportunity — and a responsibility — to expose this inhumane and unjust law to the millions of American viewers who will tune in to watch the Games,” HRC president writes to the company that will broadcast the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“Most nations on the cusp of hosting Olympic Games would want to make their country seem more hospitable, not less,” a Human Rights Campaign spokesman says. HRC is not, however, yet taking a position on whether it supports calls for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics.
“I’m not going to tone down or change who I am just because I’ve gone to a different country.”