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Marriage Matters In December

Marriage Matters In December

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | December brought a burst of activity on the marriage equality front, adding some new countries to the list of those that either now or soon will provide full rights to same-sex couples, but also possibly removing one nation from the list. The Constitutional Court of Austria made the first move on […]

Russian Anti-Gay Laws Slammed by Euro Court

Russian Anti-Gay Laws Slammed by Euro Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A seven-member chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in a June 20 ruling, held that local and federal laws in Russia barring actions to “promote homosexuality among minors” or “non-traditional sexual relations” violate the free speech and equality provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Parliament […]

European Court Orders Italy to Create Same-Sex Partnerships    

European Court Orders Italy to Create Same-Sex Partnerships    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A seven-judge chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that Italy’s failure to adopt a legal structure for same-sex relationships, such as a civil union or registered partnership similar to those in Austria and Germany, violates Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection […]

A Russian Gay Activist Speaks Out

A Russian Gay Activist Speaks Out

BY DOUG IRELAND | Nikolai Baev, 38, is a veteran Russian gay activist born and raised in Moscow. He founded the first gay group in the city of Novosibirsk when he was a university student there, and is one of the original organizers of the efforts to stage the banned Moscow Gay Pride. Baev has been […]

The Strange, Sad Case Of Nikolai Alexeyev

The Strange, Sad Case Of Nikolai Alexeyev

BY DOUG IRELAND FOR GAY CITY NEWS | What drives a respected gay activist over the edge into madness? That is the question posed by the bizarre anti-Semitic ravings that, in the last two weeks, have been broadcast on social media by Nikolai Alexeyev. He’s the brilliant and charismatic young lawyer who in 2006 led the […]

The Anti-Semitic Meltdown of One Russian Gay Activist

The Anti-Semitic Meltdown of One Russian Gay Activist

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | While LGBT groups debate whether boycotts are an appropriate tool for challenging new draconian anti-gay legislation in Russia, one of that nation’s most visible gay activists has embarked on an anti-Semitic social networking binge in recent days. Nikolai Alexeyev, who spearheaded numerous Gay Pride demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the […]