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LGBT Leaders Find Bright Spot in Sochi Failures



More than a week after the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, the world’s attention has shifted 300 miles north from Sochi to the Crimean peninsula, where Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s fledgling new government continue to teeter on the brink of war

The escalating situation there has deflected conversation from what, just two weeks ago, was the world’s hottest Russia-related political topic: The current government’s record on gay rights. Many activists found it offensive that the Olympics were held in such a repressive country, but they also saw it as an opportunity. Could the games in Sochi become a pivotal moment for Russia’s LGBT community? Read more…

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