John M. Becker

Luxuria Detained Again, Will Be Escorted Out of Russia

Filed By John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Italy, Russia, Russian anti-gay law, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian LGBT protest, Russian propaganda law, Sochi 2014, Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Luxuria

vladimir-luxuria-arrest-2.jpgVladimir Luxuria -- a trans woman and former member of the Italian Parliament who was detained and released yesterday for protesting Russia's anti-LGBT laws at the Sochi Olympics -- was detained again today in Sochi and will be kicked out of the country tomorrow, according to multiple reports.

From the Associated Press:

An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game.

Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament who has become a prominent transgender rights crusader and television personality, was stopped by four men and then driven away by police in a car with Olympic markings.

Luxuria later told The Associated Press she was kept in the car for about 10 minutes, then released in the countryside after the men had taken away her Olympic spectator pass. She eventually made it back to her hotel and said she was leaving Russia on Tuesday morning.

"They don't say anything. They just were people who had to do this and they did it," Luxuria said.

Earlier Monday, Luxuria walked around the Olympic Park in Sochi for about two hours. She was shouting "Gay is OK" and "It's OK to be gay" in both English and Russian.

According to La Repubblica, Luxuria and her companions -- two Italian TV stars -- will be escorted to the airport tomorrow by officials of Russia's Foreign Ministry and removed from the country.

Brava, Luxuria! Note to Johnny Weir: this is what protesting Russian anti-LGBT oppression looks like.

Two television reports on this story are after the jump.

From RT:

From RepubblicaTV (in Italian):

h/t: Towleroad

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