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This is the new Pussy Riot for “Putin Will Teach You How to Love the Motherland,” starting with delicate music and some waves, until the bright balaclavas emerge triumphantly out of the water and hell breaks loose all over the Olympic International Committee’s fantasy of non-involvement. Though the IOC’s Mark Adam said “what happened wasn’t in the context […]

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The Winter Olympics are in full swing in Sochi. ANIMAL is relaunching MedalCount.com, the micro-site that tracks the news that really matter — who is winning? But this year, we’re using our high-profile piece of internet real estate to aggregate and disseminate news that really really matters — all the stories that cover the enforcement of Putin’s discriminatory “anti-gay […]

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Contrary to the International Olympic Committee who received “assurances from the highest level” of the Russian government that gay Olympic athletes, foreign visitors and the media will not be persecuted under the “gay propaganda” bill, yes they will. Not only the co-writer of the bill, Vitaly Milonov (petition US government to ban Milonov’s Visa here), stated that […]

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Earlier today, around fifty people gathered outside the Russian Consulate General near Central Park to protest President Putin’s anti-gay laws. From banning pride parades for the next 100 years, to making any public mention of the existence of LGBT criminal “gay-propaganda” to declaring that anyone visiting Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics — athletes included […]

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Remember when the International Olympic Committee reassured nervous tourists and athletes that Russia would not be arresting attendees for being gay during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games? Vitaly Milonov, the Russian lawmaker who penned the country’s first “gay propaganda” law in St. Petersburg, which led to the federal ban, now says that’s not the case. Here’s Milonov, […]

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If you’re planning to go to Russia — say, for the 2014 Winter-clusterfuck Olympics in Sochi — don’t. If you do, don’t be gay. Try not to do anything gay either. No rainbow flags. No holding hands. If you do pull any public gay, lesbian or “pro-gay”/gay-affirming/non-homophobic faggotry of any sort, you can be detained by the police and […]

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More than two million people showed up to watch and cheer on the 2013 Pride Parade that stretched for more than two miles through Manhattan. They left behind a little something. A lot of little somethings. As you can see, these NYPD barricades have been festooned with stickers from LGBT rights groups, support organizations and […]

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After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA as unconstitutional, happy same-sex couples from around New York headed off to tie the knot at the City Clerk’s office. Congratulations! Check back every Friday for a new photo essay. See the photos in the gallery above. (Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork) […]

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DOMA’s demise meant the end of a long legal battle for one New York City-based binational couple.  Sean Brooks and his Columbian-native husband Steven filed for a green card for Steven in 2011, after their marriage at City Hall in New York City, but their request was not approved as their marriage was not federally […]

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If you’ve logged into Facebook during the past few days, you’ve noticed the Human Rights Campaign’s equals-sign-on-red logo making its way into all of your friends profile pictures. This campaign is aimed at bringing awareness to the organization and the topic of marriage equality. And this weed-themed art right here was aimed at getting Willie […]

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