Gay Rights Activists Confront Russia’s UN Ambassador at His NYC Residence

Gay rights activists confronted Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin when he arrived at his NYC residence yesterday, attempting to hand him the petition that was delivered to the IOC yesterday urging the repeal of Russia's anti-gay laws, the AP reports:

ChurkinAmbassador Vitaly Churkin arrived at his residence on New York’s Upper East Side in the late afternoon to find 10 activists from the international gay rights group All Out outside the wrought iron gates holding red placards saying: “340,457 worldwide say stop Russia’s anti-gay crackdown.” Minutes earlier, when they got no answer ringing the bell, they had slipped a CD with the signatures under the gate.

Churkin took the CD and spoke with AllOut Executive Director Andre Banks (who appeared on CNN the other day) about the laws, saying “We don’t have anti-gay laws. We have laws banning homosexual propaganda among minors."

Churkin reportedly insisted no people have been harmed or killed because they're gay.


  1. says

    Laws were in effect during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, suppressing the rights of Jews, emphasizing that they were a threat to the state, children and the future. Today, laws will be in effect during the 2014 Sochi Olympics suppressing the rights of Gays, emphasizing that they are a threat to the state, children and the future. Is the world going to ignore this too?

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  2. Conrad Corpus says

    I think history has shown that societies that choose conflict, over peace and harmony among their people, will fail. Russia will repeat history, again.

  3. northalabama says

    if there isn’t a ban against these games, there is something wrong with our country, and every western democracy on the planet. this cannot be dismissed.

    russia can pass any law it wants, it doesn’t mean everyone else ever need to stop protesting their human rights violations, or travel across their border.

  4. rob says

    Russia and Ukraine are borderline cesspools, and they’re worrying about a boy liking another boy or a girl liking another girl! And the Russian Orthodox Church is even more bigoted, intolerant, hate mongering, and extremist than the Islamist insurgents in Russia are. The Russian Orthodox cult (and Putin) is as archaic, backward, bigoted, and worthless as the Catholic and Mormon cults. And if Russia and Ukraine continue to deny rights to gay citizens, the rest of the world should attack heterosexual Russian and Ukrainian citizens in their countries. Start with embassy personnel. Then target politicians, the police, prosecutors, judges, prison personnel, and their loved ones, that persecute the homosexuals in Russia and Ukraine.
    And traditional Russian values!? You mean like serfdom, communism, gulags, mass murder, discrimination, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and war-mongering?
    And Putin and Yanukovych need to be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and executed.

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