Dmitry Chizhevsky is a Russian LGBT activist who now lives in Washington, D.C., where he is currently seeking asylum after being the victim of violence. He recently returned to his native Russia to bring a vision of equality.
Last week the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution guarantees marriage rights for same-sex couples. It's an historic decision many are celebrating, but some say it's just one step toward equality, while others are troubled by the ruling.
Maryland Democrat Richard Madaleno penned a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan asking him to impose a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to the state's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," but ruffled feathers with a reference to the First Lady.
Maryland's legislature is working on a bill intended to provide additional anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. This time, the measure would affect details on a person's birth certificate.
Andrei Nasonov and Igor Bazilevskii didn't want to leave their home country of Russia, but anti-gay propaganda laws, beatings by authorities, and threatening billboards prompted the couple to seek asylum in D.C. And they're not alone.
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