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February 07, 2014
Sochi, Russia – Human Rights First condemns the arrests of four Russian LGBT activists in St. Petersburg. The four, including Anastasia Smirnova, with whom Human Rights First’s delegation ...
February 07, 2014
Mary Elizabeth Margolis is part of Human Rights First’s delegation to Sochi, which includes U.S. Olympian David Pichler.  Sochi at first glance is very calm and organized....
February 06, 2014
By Simone Salvo United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the IOC before Friday’s Opening Ceremony in Sochi. His keynote address, the first by a UN secretary-general to the...
February 06, 2014
By Jess Ballance Former Olympic diver David Pichler wrote a piece today for The Miami Herald emphasizing his support of LGBT athletes and the Russian LGBT community, as well as...
February 05, 2014
Sochi, Russia – Human Rights First today met with LGBT leaders in St. Petersburg to discuss Russia’s crackdown on the LGBT community, as well as the threat of harsher treatment and introduction...
February 05, 2014
By Trevor Allen The 52 Olympic athlete signatories of the “Principal Six” Campaign – named in honor of the clause of the IOC charter, which guarantees non-discrimination during the...
February 05, 2014
Human Rights First applauds today’s statement from AT&T condemning Russia’s anti-propaganda law that targets the LGBT community. AT&T, a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), said in...

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Opinions | August 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Shawn Gaylord. “It's normal that you were beaten because Russian people hate fags.” “We should take you to the streets and stone you to death — how many...
Opinions | May 08, 2014
By Sonni Efron As Europe marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the war that destroyed Old Europe, far-right parties are gaining ground across New Europe. Most of the far-...
Factsheet | February 27, 2014
The international LGBT community has watched in horror as Russia’s brand of discriminatory propaganda legislation has taken root outside its borders. The flagship piece of that legislation, the...
Report | November 26, 2013
In 2004, State Duma parliamentarian Alexander Chuev reintroduced a bill to ban “homosexual propaganda.” On the same day, the Duma received a statement opposing the bill. It was sent by the Prime...

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