Nikolai Alexeyev, a prominent gay activist in Russia, has become the first person fined for the new crime of spreading gay “propaganda,” the Associated Press reports.
A Russian court fined Alexeyev $170 for violating the new law. He said he plans to appeal. The judge in the case has not yet presented the grounds for the decision but expects to release the information next week.
Nikolai Alexeyev, a prominent gay activist in Russia, has become the first person fined for the new crime of spreading gay “propaganda,” the Associated Press reports… read the full article on Advocate.com.
In the latest round of arrests Monday, 17 Russian citizens in the country’s second largest city were stopped from displaying rainbow flags, rainbow suspenders, and other rainbow insignias.
The arrests were made in St. Petersburg under the city’s new law, which bans any display of so-called gay “propaganda,” public discussion of homosexuality… read the full story on Advocate.com
A straight Russian man who was arrested for violating St. Peterburg’s new so-called anti-propaganda law was found guilty of “disobeying police orders,” but was ultimately not charged under the propaganda law.
A straight Russian man who was arrested for violating St. Peterburg’s new so-called anti-propaganda law was found guilty of “disobeying police orders,” but was ultimately not charged under the propaganda law…. read the full story on Advocate.com.
Sergey Kondrashov, a straight man, was arrested in Russia for testing the new gay “propaganda” law there by holding up a sign supporting his lesbian friend’s equality.
The man arrested in Russia for holding a sign supporting equality for his lesbian friend said he felt “a moral obligation to her” to stand up… read the full story on Advocate.com.
Mike Cooper, principal of Dunkerton High School, allowed the band Junkyard Prophet, associated with the ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, to play for students. When the music stopped, the group began a sermon-like speech on “moral standards” that condemned homosexuality, transgenderism, and abortion. At one point, graphic images of allegedly aborted fetuses were displayed on a projector screen. The speech was captured on video and posted to YouTube, sparking nation-wide outrage (see below)… read the full story on Advocate.com.
The St. Petersburg assembly in Russia has cast the final vote to pass a “homosexual propaganda” law, which would criminalize any positive mention of homosexuality with a $16,000 fine for an individual or $160,000 for an organization, The New York Times reports.
Despite criticism from the U.S. State Department and the international community, the bill passed by a nearly two-thirds margin. The measure bans pride parades, so-called gay propaganda, public discussion of homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgenderism, and any display of homosexual conduct which could potentially be seen by minors.
Proponents of the bill cite the susceptibility of children to such images and equate homosexual acts with bestiality and pedophilia. Those who oppose the bill have called it a Soviet-era attempt at censorship and an assault on free speech. Both sides have conceded that the bill is poorly written, complete with spelling errors and it has also been criticized as a political move gain conservative votes in upcoming elections…
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The owners of the space that will house New York’s AIDS Memorial Park have rejected a design plan from a grassroots coalition that has been at the forefront of advocating a memorial of the city’s victims of AIDS.
Rudin Management owns the triangular space at Seventh and Greenwich avenues, which has has been a source of controversy and speculation since the former occupier of the space, St. Vincent’s Hospital, closed last year. Rudin Management expressed a willingness to work with the grassroots AIDS Memorial Park Coalition and the local community board concerning the property. Out of 8,000 submissions, the Coalition chose “The Infinite Forest,” by Brooklyn design firm Studio a+1. The firm described their submission as a simple park of birch trees surrounded by three mirrored walls… read the full story on HIVplusMag.com.