Baryshnikov steps up for Russian rights
culture / homophobia / russia

Baryshnikov steps up for Russian rights

(Source: RFE/RL, 17 Oct 2013) In an apparent response to a recent upsurge in violence targeting Russian homosexuals and legislation there banning gay “propaganda,” ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov has issued a statement calling “any discrimination and persecution of gay people…unacceptable.” Baryshnikov, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1974, says, “My life has been immensely … Continue reading

Ukraine’s Oscar entry tells story of gay Soviet director
culture / ukraine

Ukraine’s Oscar entry tells story of gay Soviet director

(Source: Petrelis Files, 9 Oct 2013) Before there was the New Queer Cinema movement, there was Sergei Parajanov, pictured at right, a Georgian-born Armenian screenwriter and director who was openly bisexual and suffered artistically and personally at the hands of the Soviets. Born in 1924 and living until 1990, he made tremendous contributions to Ukrainian, … Continue reading

Award-winning gay Polish film to be aired in UK cinemas
central europe / culture / entertainment / poland

Award-winning gay Polish film to be aired in UK cinemas

An award-winning gay film from Poland, which the director hopes will start a debate about LGBT issues in the country, gets its premier in the UK on Friday. Małgośka Szumowska’s ‘In the Name Of’ is a film about love, religious devotion and personal freedoms. It tells the story of a priest who falls for an eccentric … Continue reading

Russian Cultural Minister: Tchaikovsky was not gay!
culture / russia

Russian Cultural Minister: Tchaikovsky was not gay!

Despite well-documented evidence that the famous Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky was likely homosexual, Russia’s Minister of Culture is questioning the icon’s sexual orientation. The denial was apparently provoked by reports that a new film about Tchaikovsky’s life will make no reference whatsoever to his sexuality, most likely because the film would then be at risk … Continue reading