News

5-4-2012 First Russian Fined for So-Called Gay Propaganda

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 reportsread the full article on Advocate.com.

5-2-2012 More Arrests in Russia as Ban on All Sexual ‘Propaganda’ Proposed

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

4-23-2012 St. Petersburg: Judge Avoids 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.

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.

 

4-16-2012 Straight Protester of St. Petersburg’s “Propaganda” Law Heads to Court

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.

 

 4-12-2012 Arrests Begin: Straight Allies Protest Russian “Gay Propaganda” Law

A straight man was arrested this weekend for holding a sign that says, “A dear family friend is lesbian. My wife and I love and respect her.”
Things are staying contentious in St. Petersburg where a new law banning gay “propaganda” has gone into effect and already resulted in arrests — and not just of gays… read the full story on Advocate.com.
Mutations in the most curable STI threaten to turn it into an impenetrable superbug. Gonorrhea is often viewed as an easily curable inconvenience that sometimes comes with being sexually active, but that may soon change. While antibiotics have effectively treated gonorrhea for decades, some strains of the bacterium are mutating to form a resistance to each new medication used against it, opening the door for it to become an incurable superbug. A 2009-2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found five times as many cases of gonorrhea with some degree of resistance than there were in the 2000-2006 period, requiring higher-than-normal drug doses to cure… read the full story in the April Issue of Advocate Magazine.
A high school principal who green lit a performance from an antigay Christian rock band at a school assembly announced his resignation Wednesday.

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.

2-29-12 St. Petersburg Says “Nyet” to Gay Pride

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…

This article first appeared on Advocate.com

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.