L.A. Councilmembers Want Feds to Expand America's Asylum Program for Persecuted LGBT Russians
the backdrop of increasing pressure from angry LGBT and human rights
activists around the world to move or boycott the Winter Olympics in
Sochi, Russia, over that country’s harsh “gay propaganda” law, the two
newly elected gay members of the Los Angeles City Council introduced a
resolution Friday calling on the federal government to aggressively
expand America’s asylum programs to help persecuted LGBT people in
This resolution supplants the previous resolution offered last February by then-Councilmember Bill Rosendahl to sever or suspend L.A.’s 'sister city' ties with homophobic St. Petersburg, where the anti-gay law originated.