Monthly Archives: August 2013

A personal persepective on the gay situation in Russia

Hat tip to Dan Savage

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August 8, 2013 · 1:24 pm

Please sign this petition

we petition the obama administration to:

Put ELENA MIZULINA and VITALY MILONOV on the visa ban list for their role in creating Russia’s ban on “gay propaganda”

According to Russian LGBT activists, ELENA MIZULINA, are, respectfully, the State Duma deputy responsible for the federal law banning gay “propaganda” to minors and for the law banning foreign adoptions of Russian orphans by gays and lesbians, while VITALY MILONOV is St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly deputy responsible for the law banning gay “propaganda” to minors in St. Petersburg. The Secretary of State can place both Ms. Mizulina and Mr. Milonov on the visa ban list under his own authority and we respectfully request that the President direct Secretary of State Kerry to do so

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August 1, 2013 · 7:26 pm

HRC’s Fred Sainz on the Sochi Winter Olympics

“One wonders which Russian authorities the IOC is speaking to. Within the past twenty-four hours, two high level officials have gone out of their way to contradict the IOC in no uncertain terms. 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. What this makes all the more clear is that LGBT Russians and expats alike are also in peril. The law is so obtuse that circumstances can be contrived to prosecute LGBT individuals who are simply living their lives. These laws are an abomination and pose a human rights imperative for all to speak out.” – HRC vice president Fred Sainz, speaking to Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed.  Hat tip to joemygod

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