Russian State Duma Committee Comes Out Against Antigay Bill

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MOSCOW — The Russian State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building has declined to endorse a controversial draft bill that would introduce fines and arrests for people who publicly express their homosexuality. The parliamentary committee on January 18 advised that the Duma unanimously vote against the bill in the event it reached a first reading. The bill, initiated by …

Squeezed Out Gays From St. Petersburg

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Gay-rights activists in St. Petersburg say they have no intention of emigrating or going back into the closet despite claims by a Russian lawmaker that all gays have been “squeezed out” of the city. St. Petersburg’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has reacted with dismay to comments by local lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, who announced on September 2 that …