‘You Are Beautiful’: The Campaign to Empower Russia’s Gay Youth

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When the Winter Olympics begin next month in Sochi, Russia, they’ll showcase some of the best qualities humanity has to offer: competition, camaraderie and the ability of sports to connect people across national and cultural barriers, to name a few

But the Games will also shine a light on the oppressive conditions under which gay people in Russia live. “Anti-propaganda” legislation passed last year essentially bans discussion of gay life or gay rights in Russian schools and media, as well as in public events such as gay rights parades. (Recently, a protester was arrested for holding a rainbow flag at an Olympic event.) Read more…

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