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Russia Allows Rainbow Flags at 2018 FIFA World Cup

By Ryan Lynch | Dec 10
Russia will allow rainbow flags to be displayed during the 2018 FIFA World Cup despite a anti-gay propaganda law that makes the display of these symbols in public illegal.

Chechnya 'Gay Purge' Survivor Speaks Out

By Brittany Ferrendi | Oct 22
A victim of the alleged "gay purge" in Chechnya has come forward. Maxim Lapunov led a press conference on Monday in Moscow to speak about the arrest, violent interrogation and torture he faced while in the Russian republic.

Egypt Bans Media Support of LGBT Community

By Colton Wooten | Oct 7
Egypt is controlling their media by denying any depiction of LGBT support.

Evil in Russia: Gays Are Being Systematically Eradicated from the Republic of Chechnya

By John McDonald | Aug 5
Who is Ramzan Kadyrov? Where is Elena Milashina? Why was Murad Amirev detained? What caused the targeting of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya? And how can this torture train be stopped?

President of Chechnya Denies Existence of Gays

By Brittany Ferrendi | Jul 22
Ramzan Kadyrov, president of the Russian republic of Chechnya, has denied claims of persecution and murders of perceived bisexual and gay men by claiming Chechnya has no gays.

LGBT America Under Trump: The Fight Ahead

By Peter Jackson | Jun 10
Any hope for advancement of equality under Trump has evaporated and turned instead to fear. Trump's administration is pandering to the base that supported him -- and things might get a lot, lot worse.

Trans Woman Who Fled Chechnya Targeted by Hitmen

By Brittany Ferrendi | May 28
Forced to flee the Russian republic of Chechnya, the first openly Chechen transgender woman stepped forward to share her experience.

Gay Ugandan Refugee Seeks Funds to Help His Compatriots

By Matthew S. Bajko | May 21
Now that he is restarting his life in the Bay Area, Ronnie Kayigoma is trying to assist other gay Ugandans who have fled anti-gay discrimination in their home country.

Survivor: Chechen Parents Told to Kill Their Gay and Bisexual Children

By Brittany Ferrendi | May 6
"They tell parents to kill their child," the man told FRANCE 24, choosing to remain anonymous in fear of his safety. "They say, 'Either you do it or we will.' They call it, 'Cleaning your honor with blood.' "

LGBT Organizations Mobilizing to Keep Gay Chechens Safe

By Tucker Berardi | Apr 29
Grindr has begun helping gay men in Chechnya by using the app's location services to update users who may be in danger. They have also provided Chechen users with news reports of the progressing situation.

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