Over the weekend, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki gathered The New Republic's Julia Ioffe, Rashad Robinson from ColorofChange.org, former senior advisor in the Clinton administration, Richard Socarides, and former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) for his morning talk show UP with Steve Kornackito discuss the human rights abuses against LGBT people in Russia.
More than 400 men and women staged a kiss-in protest outside the Russian Consulate in Antwerp on Friday to demonstrate support for Russia’s LGBT community and protest against that country’s recently approved anti-gay laws.
With Russia's anti-gay legislation being but into place, there is uncertainty over whether or not the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi should be supported or boycotted. We discuss how different organizations are responding to the anti-gay legislation. GLAAD's Omar Sharif Jr. and RUSA Yelena Goltsman, Founder and Co-President, RUSA LGBT, speak with HuffPost Live about the draconian anti-LGBT laws in Russia, as well as the role of the Olympics in speaking out against the law.
The "I Am Equality" campaign is photo event launched by EqualityTV network. Described as "a multimedia PSA dedicated to educating and inspiring people to embrace diversity, culture and equality within communities, families and individuals across the globe" to help "equality go viral."
Despite the breathtaking wealth and vibrant culture in the metropolises of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia remains a country where discrimination and even violence against gay people are widely tolerated.
Since Russia passed a series of sweeping laws banning the dissemination of "gay propaganda" and prohibiting the adoption of children by Russian same-sex couples and any foreign couples from nations with marriage equality, many right-wing media figures have instead rallied to the country's defense.