Violence. Period.

There’s too much hate in the world. Not only against LGBT folk, but of course that’s the main focus. Why has it become such a huge problem to be different than others? To have different skin color, to practice a different religion, to believe that weapons should be regulated (here in the US), but above all that love is for all, to whoever your heart deems worthy? Why are we allowing hate to rule us? To shame us. To destroy love. It makes me sick every time there’s an article of this nature, but I don’t know what the answer is anymore, because the majority still don’t want love to win.

TORONTO — When Alihan finally made his way home, he could barely move. His badly bruised back had a rotting smell to it he couldn’t get rid of, no matter how much he showered. He had been beaten so badly during the weeks he spent in prison without charge that the blood under his skin began to dry, curl, and become infected. He had a high fever and needed help using to the washroom, but his family was too afraid to bring him to a hospital or a specialist.

A soft-spoken man in his twenties with short brown hair, Alihan is one of dozens of men the authorities have identified as gay who have been captured and beaten in the Russian republic of Chechnya since last February.

“I could have died,” Alihan told BuzzFeed News in an interview conducted in Russian. “When I stood up, I couldn’t breathe.”

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Russian newspaper columnist just discovered gay people

She really just needs to crawl back under the rock she’s existed under for her whole life. Maybe Russia should shut itself off from the world like its friends in North Korea.

A Russian newspaper columnist just discovered Manchester’s Gay Village, and she’s not happy.

Alisa Titko, a columnist for the country’s biggest-selling newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, which has ties to the Kremlin, went on a horrific anti-LGBT diatribe in a column about the English city of Manchester.

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Russian LGBT Activist Flees After Accusations Of Collaborating With U.S. Intelligence

Wow.

Russian LGBT rights activist Alexander Ermoshkin has left the country after a nationally televised story on the state-owned Russia-1 channel accused him of collaborating with U.S. intelligence services. He confirmed in a Facebook post Sunday evening that he had arrived in New York and was staying with friends.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Ermoshkin refuted the allegations, saying the show’s producers had set him up. “Without the help, so to speak, of the authorities, it would have been impossible to do this,” he said.

The “Special Correspondent: Poisonous Export” program, which aired July 1, purported to show American intelligence agents recruiting Ermoshkin, a 40-year-old LGBT activist from Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, to organize LGBT demonstrations in Russia.

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America’s gay rights battle goes global

Do they really think that taking their “fight” global will make things change here? I think foreign countries are far more accepting of LGBT than we are here in the US.

Starting in 2012, the leader of the most prominent American anti-gay marriage organization unexpectedly began adding a ton of stamps to his passport.

As federal judges struck down gay marriage bans left and right at home, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown appeared at meetings and marches for various anti-gay rights causes in France, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia and Australia — a surprising uptick in travel for the stateside activist. The result: In June, Brown’s group began discussing rebranding itself as the International Organization for Marriage, according to materials from a “March for Marriage” meeting in Washington, D.C.

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AIDS experts blast countries with anti-gay laws

If I were a conspiracy minded person, I would conclude that the Malaysian flight that was shot down last week was the result of Russia being so anti-gay that they decided to eliminate some people who were going to the World AIDS Conference in Australia. But I’m not. 😉

Campaigners at the world AIDS conference are taking aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that allow the spread of HIV.

Powerfully mixing concerns over human rights and health, the issue threatens to divide western donor countries where gay equality is making strides from poor beneficiary nations where anti-gay laws persist or have been newly passed, say some.

Nobel laureate Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who co-discovered HIV and co-chairs the six-day conference, seized Sunday’s opening ceremony to lay down a barrage of criticism at laws targeting minorities who bear a disproportionate share of the global pandemic.

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Vladimir Putin’s LGBT Refuseniks

We are still in our own struggle for LGBT rights, but I guess we are farther along than Russia.

On June 16, 1961, the Soviet ballet star Rudolf Nureyev slipped away from his KGB minders while on tour in Paris, and within a week, he was doing his jetés and echappés in The Sleeping Beauty with a French company. Ten years later, 13,000 Jewish refugees left the Soviet Union; over the next three decades, the U.S. accepted hundreds of thousands. In 1979, when Bolshoi dancers Valentina Kozlova and Leonid Kozlov ducked out the garage door of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the U.S. granted them asylum the next day.

Today it’s not ballerinas and Jews fleeing Russia in droves, but a new group of Putin-era refuseniks: LGBT people. Facing a discriminatory new law against “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” and a spike in homophobic violence, many see getting out of Russia as a matter of life and death.

Slava Revin, a 31-year-old activist who arrived in the U.S. in July, is part of a fast-growing community of young LGBT Russians who’ve flocked to New York, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities. Like the Soviet Jews and dissidents who fled decades before them, Revin and his peers have formed a tight network, helping one another adjust to life in America and advocating for the rights of those left behind.

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Russia Bans International Gay Adoption

I really feel sorry for these children. No parents and now no chance of parents. Ever. I guess it’s more important to have a father and a mother than to have two loving parents. Just leave them as wards of the state where they can learn to become criminals. Two thumbs up Russia!!!

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued a decree Thursday banning international adoptions by same-sex couples and unmarried people in countries with marriage equality.

The decree implements a law passed last July and adds an amendment to the country’s adoption regulations that says “persons in a union concluded between persons of one sex, recognized as marriage and registered in accordance with the law of the state in which such marriages are permitted, and also unmarried persons who are citizens of said country” may not adopt. It appears that straight married couples in those countries may still adopt children. Single people in other countries must provide supporting evidence when applying to adopt that same-sex marriage is not recognized in their country.

Thursday’s decree puts those provisions into Russia’s adoption regulations. A law signed by President Vladimir Putin in July, which used similar language, added the provision to the country’s family code.

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Gay Austrian athlete says fuss over Russia law is exaggerated

What do you think of this new view of this situation?

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Lesbian Austrian ski jumper and gay rights advocate Daniela Iraschko-Stolz says public reaction to a Russian law banning homosexual propaganda among minors had been exaggerated and that she wants to focus on sport at the Winter Olympic.

Iraschko-Stolz, 30, married her lesbian partner last year, becoming a rare Austrian athlete to come out openly as gay. Stolz is her partner’s surname.

Russia has come under heavy international criticism for a law banning the spread of “gay propaganda” among minors.

Asked ahead of her competition in the mountains above Sochi whether she was worried about the law, Iraschko-Stolz replied: “No, on the contrary, I think everything is being blown up bigger than it is. I had a very good welcome like every other athlete. There were absolutely no problems.”

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IOC Will Not Object To Arrests And Beatings Of Russian LGBT Activists

It’s difficult for me to say which side of this issue I fall on. The IOC does not exist to make political statements. It exists to govern the Olympics which shouldn’t focus solely on one select group of athletes. At the same time, however, statement six in the list of what the IOC’s mission is states: “Act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement.” There’s a fine line to walk here, I realize. Not everything is black and white like so many people expect it is. And people are going to elbow in on the media coverage for any major event of this size and there’s not much to be done about it. These people had no direct involvement in the Games, therefore the IOC shouldn’t have to do anything, but people will be upset that they haven’t.

The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws when police detained 14 protesters in Moscow and St. Petersburg on the day of the Olympic opening ceremonies. Some of those held in Moscow report being beaten while in police custody.

“We understand that the protesters were quickly released,” Emmanuelle Moreau, the IOC’s head of media relations, said in an email to BuzzFeed. “As in many countries in the world, in Russia, you need permission before staging a protest. We understand this was the reason that they were temporarily detained.”

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Out speedskater Irene Wust wins Olympic gold medal

Speed skating is one of the sports I love to watch. Unfortunately I had no idea it was already going on. Huge congrats to Ms Wust on her third gold!

Irene Wust, an out lesbian bisexual speedskater from the Netherlands, won a gold medal in the women’s 3,000 meters today at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09:  Gold medalist Irene Wust of the Netherlands celebrates on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Women's 3000m Speed Skating event during day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 09: Gold medalist Irene Wust of the Netherlands celebrates on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Women’s 3000m Speed Skating event during day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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