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Brittney Griner

Russian news sites report the arrest of WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic champion Brittney Griner. Reports say the out lesbian faces 5 to 10 years in a Russian prison. Russia’s Interfax news agency reports the arrest occurred in February after Brittney Griner arrived in Moscow on a flight from New York. A teammate tweeted that …

Ukranian LGBTIQ+

National lobby and advocacy group Just.Equal Australia wrote to Immigration Minister Alex Hawke last week urging him to accept Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ refugees. Previously, a US diplomat warned of a Russian kill list that includes LGBTIQ+ community members. Many Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ community members remain in the country following the Russian invasion. Some enlisted in the Ukrainian …

Magomed Tushayev

According to reports from Ukraine, Magomed Tushayev, a warlord notorious for his part in Chechen gay purges, died during the early stages of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Illia Ponomarenko, defence reporter for the Kyiv Independent posted to Twitter that Tushayev died in action. The Ukrainian Armed Forces later confirmed the death. “Magomed Tushayev, leader …

ukraine war

As the world watches the Ukraine War in horror — or in Donald Trump’s case — glee, the persecution of LGBTIQ+ people in Vladimir Putin’s Russian Federation continues. Last week, Chechen brothers Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isaev received prison sentences of eight and six years. Meanwhile, earlier this month, the Russian Justice Ministry filed a …

Russia Eurovision 2022

After Russia’s controversial move to invade Ukraine this week, Eurovision organisers have been forced to revise their decision. Earlier this week the European Broadcasting Union stated that Russia would still compete. However, pressure from broadcasters has seen the decision revised. Russia disqualified from Eurovision 2022 After mounting pressure the European Broadcasting Union has made the …

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The Eurovision Song Contest will allow Russia to compete in this year’s contest despite Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, contest organisers have confirmed. The Ukrainian government has reported at least 137 deaths after Russia launched a “full-scale invasion” of the country that world leaders have united to condemn. Ukraine has reported missile strikes and artillery …

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The US has alleged Russian forces are plotting to target opponents in Ukraine in the aftermath of an invasion, with grave fears for vulnerable minorities including the country’s LGBTIQ population. The world is watching as the situation between the two countries escalates. Russia has amassed almost 200,000 troops along the Ukraine border. Russian President Vladimir …

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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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