Russian LGBT activists in U.S. to lobby against anti-gay law
November 8th, 2013
07:46 PM ET

Russian LGBT activists in U.S. to lobby against anti-gay law

By Jill Dougherty

Lyudmila Romodina and Oleg Klyuenkov, LGBT activists from the northern Russian port city of Arkhangelsk, hate Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law but they don't support the idea of a boycott of the Sochi Olympics in Russia as a way of protesting it.

The two members of the LGBT rights organization "Rakurs," which means "Perspective" in Russian, say they hope the Olympics, which will be held in February in the southern Russian city of Sochi, might help to shine a light on discrimination against gay people in Russia, as well as spur discussion.

"We don't want any extra rights" but gay people in Russia do want rights that are equal to those of their fellow Russians, Klyuenkov told CNN in an interview in Washington during a 10-day visit to the United States.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. sportsfan

    Video Supporting Gay Athletes:

    Watch and like!

    November 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  2. Dmitry

    Well, I am Russian. You have to define, what exactly are the rights that are called gay rights. Because I have no idea what your talking about, your just speaking with slogans

    November 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  3. s.mariappan

    my heartiest happy to being part with cnn

    November 11, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
  4. Steven Chambers

    We should be talking about not just gay rights but human rights. Where ever there are people that have had their rights stolen we should stand up for them. Cruelty, greed and and dictators need to be eliminated from the face of the planet. Time to help each other not just ourselves. Do more than just take up space on this planet, make it better.

    November 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  5. Yuck

    "A person that's secure with its self will not be affect by people,places,or things."a good person will respect and treat the other with dignity

    November 9, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
  6. George patton

    I too am a gay rights supporter and therefore I support these people. Gay rights should be legal everywhere, even in Russia. Why some people are gay whereas most are not is still a question which has yet to be resolved to this day.

    November 9, 2013 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • R. Wilson Reagan

      I fully agree, George. Like you, I too am a supporter of gay rights!

      November 9, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply

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