Debbie Harry, lead singer of iconic rock band Blondie, today shared an offer she got to perform a concert during the Sochi Winter Olympics. She passed on the offer because of Russia's oppressive anti-LGBT laws which affect millions of Russian citizens, visiting fans and athletes.
Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law has sparked international discussion about its blatant, violating attempt to completely silence the LGBT community in Russia. The upcoming book Gay Propaganda, edited by Masha Gessen and Joseph Huff-Hannon, provides a platform from which those voices can be heard.
Just as the world tunes into the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Great Britain's Channel 4 aired a documentary that looks at the anti-LGBT vigilante groups that have been attacking gay men in Russia.
While the world will be watching the Olympic Games in Sochi, GLAAD will continue to raise the profile of LGBT Russians, as a resource to the mainstream media to continue to include Russia's anti-LGBT laws. Our first couple is Oleg Dusaev and Dmitriy Stepanov.