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"It's tough, members of the LGBT community face lots of discrimination in their lives, at work, at school... people are faced
Previously, staff members' personal status was determined by the laws of their country of nationality. But the United Nations
Konstantin and Elvina worked tirelessly to keep spirits high and prevent the obstacles -- bomb threats, a smoke bomb set off at one of the venues, hotels that had been booked in advance suddenly claiming they were under construction and turning away participants once they learned who we were -- from getting us down.
Of course, for the Olympics, Russia put its best foot forward, and everyone accused the Western media of "overreacting" to the anti-gay laws here. If those critics had seen what I've witnessed in Russia, they would think differently. Russia does discriminate against its LGBTI citizens.
After the Olympics in Sochi -- and yes, I was rather disappointed that I was not a part of the official U.S. delegation -- there was the LGBT-affirming Russian Open Games in the five days between the end of the Olympics and the beginning of the Paralympics.
It was for that 17-year-old boy who was tortured, beaten and raped with beer bottles and pissed on for just being himself. He was forced to say he was a pedophile. How can a 17-year-old boy be a pedophile?
The five-day Russian Open Games, held the week after Russia hosted the Sochi Winter Olympics, brought people from around
Russian journalist Masha Gessen joins us to discuss her new book, "Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot."
Although McDonald's has abandoned the #CheersToSochi hashtag, the Cheers to Sochi campaign website is still up and functioning and, according to their press and social media updates, still a conduit to talk to Olympic athletes and teams behind Putin's Lavender Curtain.
Russia's "propaganda" law, which enacts restrictions on its LGBT community, has been well-documented, and those protesting