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Trump’s Craven Cowardice Is America’s Shame

Trump’s Craven Cowardice Is America’s Shame

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It hardly seems possible that after two years in national politics and a half-dozen years since he pulled his Obama birther outrage that Donald Trump can still shock us. And yet he can and does, with wearying regularity. Just a week ago, the focus of our alarm was his bellicosity toward North […]

New Yorkers Rally to Gay Chechen Cause

New Yorkers Rally to Gay Chechen Cause

BY ANDY HUMM | Fifty demonstrators drawn from the ranks of Rise and Resist – a group largely focused on protesting right-wing assaults by the Trump administration on American democratic institutions and ideals – and their allies took to the sunny streets of Greenwich Village and Chelsea on June 11 to call attention to the plight […]

March for Chechnya on June 11 in West Village

March for Chechnya on June 11 in West Village

Branden Hayward of Rise and Resist is organizing a Solidarity March for Chechnya, a Muslim majority part of Russia, where gay men are being rounded up by government forces and killed. The march on Sunday, June 11 starts at noon on the Christopher Street pier and ends in Union Square. Hayward said the group aims […]

Pride Speaks Russian in Brighton Beach

Pride Speaks Russian in Brighton Beach

BY JULIANNE CUBA | They’re making history in Brighton Beach — and they’re proud! Marchers in the country’s first-ever Russian-speaking pride march — Brighton Beach Pride — will be making their way through Brooklyn’s Little Odessa on May 20 to show the enclave of conservative Russians that they’re here and they’re queer. The seaside neighborhood is […]

Putin Agrees with Stoli’s Gay Defenders

Putin Agrees with Stoli’s Gay Defenders

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Activists who defended Stolichnaya vodka during a 2013 boycott of Russian businesses and products called after that nation enacted its infamous anti-gay propaganda law may be dismayed to learn that Vladimir Putin agrees with them that the Stolichnaya vodka that is sold in the US is not a Russian vodka. In […]

US Efforts to Fund Russian LGBT Groups Costly, Limited in Impact    

US Efforts to Fund Russian LGBT Groups Costly, Limited in Impact    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Given the recent bankruptcy announcement by American Apparel, two gay groups have responded to questions regarding the outcome of efforts between them and the clothing retailer to raise money for LGBT groups in Russia that were silenced when that country enacted a law banning pro-LGBT advocacy in 2013. In December 2013, Athlete […]

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what was a first in international diplomacy, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) appeared before the United Nations Security Council to discuss what it termed the “careful targeting” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people by ISIS in areas that group controls in Syria and Iraq. […]

Europride Conferences Highlight Eastern European Issues

Europride Conferences Highlight Eastern European Issues

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | Rights, religion, and Russia weighed heavily on the minds of attendees at the two human rights conferences held during the June 15 to June 22 Europride events in Riga, Latvia. The first conference, entitled LGBTQ Movements in Central and Eastern Europe: Successes, Challenges, Perspective, took place on June 17 and 18 and […]

Kerry Kennedy Lauds “Celebration” Over “Tolerance”  

Kerry Kennedy Lauds “Celebration” Over “Tolerance”  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Kerry Kennedy minced no words in characterizing the longstanding policy of Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in excluding openly LGBT participants. The president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, named for her slain father, Kennedy recalled a meeting a year or so ago with LGBT leaders in […]

War Against Queers in Nigeria

BY KELLY COGSWELL | It’s been one year since an anti-gay bill passed in Nigeria banning same-sex marriages that nobody was lobbying for. Membership in LGBT groups was also criminalized, along with any display of homo affection, making a handshake as dangerous as a handjob. The law goes even further, requiring citizens to report such things […]

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