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A Russian social media star’s new unofficial adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race has copped backlash from both Russian authorities and LGBTIQ activists. Nastya Ivleeva is a popular Russian blogger and influences with millions of Instagram, YouTube and TikTok followers. Last week, she launched Royal Cobras, a Russian drag competition series closely resembling – but not …

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New documentary Hating Peter Tatchell, chronicling the titular LGBTIQ+ activist’s 54 years of fearless human rights campaigning, comes to streaming on Netflix in Australia this week. The doco is by Aussie filmmaker Christopher Amos and executive produced by Elton John and David Furnish. It explores both the motivations and consequences of Peter’s provocative campaigning. Born …

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The Australian Government has said following Australian allies’ lead in holding two men responsible for Chechnya’s “gay purge” could take several months. Over several years, the Russian republic has conducted the so-called “gay purge”, abducting, torturing, and even killing queer people in the region. Last month, the Victorian Pride Lobby launched a Change.org petition calling …

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The Victorian Pride Lobby is petitioning Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne to crack down on two leaders behind Chechnya’s “gay purge”. Since 2017, authorities in the Russian republic have targeted, detained and tortured numerous LGBTQ people. Human rights groups and media have dubbed the horrific violence Chechnya’s “gay purge”. The Victorian Pride Lobby has …

Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov Reports Of Sexual Violence Against Women In Chechnya's 'Gay Purge'

Two gay men are in danger after police in Russia arrested them and returned them to Chechnya after they fled to escape torture, an LGBTIQ NGO warns. The Russian LGBT Network, based in St Petersburg, has helped hundreds of persecuted queer people in Chechnya flee to safety. The Network said in a statement that Russian …

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A new documentary screening in Australia exposes the horrors of Chechnya’s violent “gay purge” and the brave efforts of activists to rescue persecuted LGBTIQ Chechens. Since 2016, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, has vowed to “cleanse the blood” of Chechnya. To do this, he sanctioned a brutal campaign to detain, …

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Madonna has said the Russian government fined her $1 million for speaking out about LGBTIQ rights on stage in St. Petersburg. During her 2012 MDNA tour, Madonna offered pink wristbands to the crowd to show solidarity with the queer community. During the concert, she delivered a passionate speech about LGBTIQ equality. “I feel people are …

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An ad in support of constitutional amendments that will enable Vladimir Putin to remain Russian president until 2036 proved a great big homophobic fail this week. The ad, paid for by allies of the Russian despot, portrays a supposed consequence of not supporting the amendments. In a scene meant to strike terror into the hearts …

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A new HBO documentary exposes the horrors of Chechnya’s violent “gay purge” and the brave efforts of activists to rescue persecuted LGBTIQ Chechens. In recent years, authorities have captured, detained and tortured numerous LGBTIQ Chechens for their sexual orientation in the Russian republic. A number have reportedly died. Acclaimed filmmaker David France’s new doco Welcome …

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Advocacy group ILGA-Europe has ranked the most and least LGBTIQ-friendly countries in Europe in its annual Rainbow Europe Country Ranking. The yearly list, backed by the European Union, ranks 49 European countries from most to least LGBTQ-friendly. Each country’s ranking is based on how the laws and policies of each country affect the lives of …

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