Young and gay in Russia: How tough is it?
January 23rd, 2014
12:42 AM ET

Young and gay in Russia: How tough is it?

Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that gays “can feel safe” at the Sochi Winter Olympics next month. His comments were aimed at easing international concern over the treatment of the LGBT community in Russia following the introduction of a law banning “gay propaganda” and reports of an uptick in attacks against gays there.

But what is the situation really like for gay people in Russia? And are things really getting worse? Milene Larsson, contributor to HBO show VICE, has recently returned from Russia where she filmed the documentary “Young and Gay,” and she’ll be answering GPS readers’ questions on the issue.

Please leave your questions for her in the comment section below.

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  1. 100 % ETHIO

    It is against Culture, Religion, ....

    Sodom issue was started by Jewish, who never obeyed Almighty God's word.

    Jewish must stop this Satanic practice.

    January 23, 2014 at 4:31 am | Reply
  2. SAMPSON GOD's TIME

    GAY IS A TABOO BEFORE THE ALMIGHTY GOD AND HUMANITY. GAY IS OUTRIGHTLY DEVILISH

    January 23, 2014 at 7:10 am | Reply
  3. SAMPSON GOD's TIME

    GAY IS A TABOO BEFORE THE ALMIGHTY GOD AND HUMANITY. GAY IS OUTRIGHTLY DEVILISH AND COMES FROM THE PIT OF HELL!

    January 23, 2014 at 7:10 am | Reply
    • Logical thinking

      You just broke the terms of service... You agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit any User Content that is offensive to the online community, including blatant expressions of bigotry, racism, abusiveness, vulgarity or profanity.

      February 6, 2014 at 11:01 am | Reply
  4. banasy©

    People are people no matter what their life style. We all deserve rights. That includes the gay community.

    January 23, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply
  5. banasy©

    @Sampson. No . Actually, being a biggot like you is taboo and morally wrong.

    January 23, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    @banasy is right again.
    I see that these bigots have been carefully taught. In the end, they will lose.

    January 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  7. Ann

    In the movie one of the activists says he is against the boycotting of the Olympics because the gays would be blamed and face retaliation. What do you as a foreigner think?

    January 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  8. Bryan

    What can Americans and Europeans do to help the LGBTQ youth in Russia?

    February 5, 2014 at 3:14 am | Reply

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