Results tagged “RUSSIA” from Last Word

"Their actions today are undeniable proof that their ‘anti-propaganda’ law is being applied widely to restrict the basic rights of LGBT people and our allies." -- Ty Cobb, director of HRC's Global Engagement program, responding to news that four LGBT-activists were arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia after displaying a banner reading "Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. ... [Read]

"I am a beer for uber hetero men who ride horses while topless and carrying knives. I am a beer to mark the 2014 Winter Olympics. But I am not for gays." -- Scottish brewer Brew Dog, an independent maker of strong craft ales and one of the UK's fastest growing new companies, has created a new beer named "Hello ... [Read]

“That’s why he stood up for the rights of LGBT individuals.” --Secretary of State John Kerry, in a statement regarding Ambassador Mike McFaul, who has resigned as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. McFaul has been an outspoken advocate for promoting American ideals and values in Russia, and as ambassador made clear that he was not there to improve US-Russian relations but ... [Read]

"We filmed these groups with their knowledge, and what I found shocking afterwards was that only a few asked to have their faces disguised. They all believe they are doing the right thing.” – Liz Mackean, an investigative journalist with the UK's Channel 4, commenting on filming the news piece "Hunted," which details Russian gangs’ attacks on LGBT people. The ... [Read]

”Hosting the games here contradicts the basic principles of the Olympics, which is to cultivate tolerance.” -- Pavel Lebedev, speaking with the Associated Press by phone from a police station in Voronezh, which is 560 miles north of Olympic host city Sochi. Lebedev unfurled a rainbow flag as the torch relay passed through his hometown and was then quickly detained ... [Read]

“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation.” -- President Vladimir Putin, addressing the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, ahead of the Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea Resort of Sochi in February 2014. A federal ... [Read]

"So this [is] why, gays especially, are happy for children to be adopted by gays. They need children to satisfy their sexual desire" US blogger John Aravosis has posted a video, the origin of which is unknown, that he claims was sent to him by a civil rights advocate in Russia to highlight the levels of hatred and abuse being ... [Read]

Russia will "promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind" during its 2014 Winter Games. After pressure from the international community and the United Nations, Russia has redrafted its Olympic Truce, a UN resolution adopted every two years before the start of an Olympic games. The Truce originated in Ancient Greece, and was an agreement that, during the Olympic Games, ... [Read]

"We made him sit on a bottle so that he repents for his sins and comes to reason. We did this to protect the dignity of Uzbeks. We live and work here, we are in contact with people of different nationalities. There will be no respect for us otherwise." An anonymous man who claims to have participated in a ... [Read]

"It occurred to me that since we have a law explicitly prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality among minors, the Family Code should be amended in such a way that that if a husband or a wife professes a non-traditional sexual orientation, they should be deprived of their parental rights. The purpose of this would be to restrict the influence ... [Read]

"Russia's appalling treatment of LGBT people has taken a shocking turn with the passage of these horrific laws. In the wake of these laws, discrimination and violence against the LGBT community in Russia are utterly unchecked. We cannot sit on our hands and do nothing. If we are to ever live in a world where the security and safety of ... [Read]

“The central goal of U.S. policy should be to bolster those fighting for freedom on the frontlines and to protect LGBT Russians from persecution and violence. This will take a sustained effort, but it is worth the battle.” Innokenty Grekov, of Human Rights First, in an Aug. 29 statement announcing the release of a report he authored titled Convenient Targets. ... [Read]

James Kirchick, a writer who has contributed to a variety of news organizations, recently appeared on the RT network (aka Russia Today). The panel discussion was supposed to be about Bradley Manning, but Kirchick took the opportunity to challenge the station itself and the Russian government over the infamous law "against promoting homosexuality to minors."  Kirchick strapped on a pair ... [Read]

Wentworth Miller is gay. And he strongly opposes a Russian law which forbid's public displays of support for LGBT people in that country. On Wednesday, Miller responded to an invitation he had received to be "Guest of Honor" at the St. Petersburg International Film Festival with a public letter of dismay. As relayed by GLAAD, Miller's letter read: "Thank you for your kind ... [Read]

“There are extreme restrictions on the uniforms and other items worn by athletes at any Olympic Games. Flags, badges, or pins are not allowed without IOC approval, a near-impossibility, and wearing something as seemingly innocuous as pink socks or shoelaces is very difficult for athletes to do, and complex to organize for other participants and spectators. But everyone can hold ... [Read]

"I think all of us that sit at this dais believe that this is extremely important. … [We] want to make sure that we're supporting the LGBT community not only in our own city but in cities across the world.” Carol Wood, Lansing, Mich., City Council president, speaking yesterday as the body voted 7-0 to pass a resolution calling ... [Read]

“The Russian Olympic Committee, Russian government and Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee guarantee there will be no discrimination of sportsmen, officials, supporters and journalists on race, religion, gender, political views, etc. what corresponds with the policy of the Olympic movement. … I would like to underline that the law which has been passed is applied only against propaganda of homosexual ... [Read]

“I have to stay at a homeless shelter now, but I feel safer than in Russia as a gay person. … It’s considered an honor for a Russian, basically, to harm or even kill a gay person. They will be honored by the society, and they will be able to tell everybody, ‘I killed a gay person.’”  Maxim Zhuravlev, ... [Read]

“I think that just imposing fines on gays for homosexual propaganda among teenagers is not enough. They should be banned from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts, in case of automobile accident, should be buried in the ground or burned as unsuitable for the continuation of life.” Dmitry Kiselev, Russian news host, speaking in April to applause on the ... [Read]

“I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian ‘correctively’ raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished ... [Read]