LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — (UPDATE — Luxuria arrested a second time. See below.) By holding a sign that said “Gay is OK,” in Olympic Park, former member of Italian Parliament and trans person Vladimir Luxuria found herself arrested by Russian authorities.
Sources however, say Luxuria has since been released and apparently no charges filed against her. There has been no statements from Russian authorities at this writing.
Luxuria attend the Olympics to intentionally challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin’s highly controversial trans/LGBT “propaganda” law according to reports. Prior to her arrest, Luxuria was planning to attend a hockey game wearing rainbow colors on Monday. She also sent tweets from Sochi showing rainbow colors.
The International Olympic Committee, Putin and other officials stated earlier trans or LGBT fans and athletes would not be discriminated against during the Sochi winter games.
People challenging this law at the games is not unexpected. However, I can see why the Russian authorities quickly and quietly freed Luxuria. I suspect the arresting officer might be in hot water by bringing media attention to Luxuria in the first place.
UPDATE Feb. 17, 2014 — Luxuria was arrested a second time within 24 hours after being released. From the Miami Herald:
Luxuria, a transgender former member of Italy’s parliament, looked no worse for wear the day after she said she was hauled into a Russian police station for having a rainbow-colored flag near Olympic Park that said “It Is OK to be Gay” in Russian.
Apparently it wasn’t okay with Russian officials who took Luxuria away again Monday night as she tried to enter Shayba Arena, where she tried to take in a women’s Olympic hockey match between Canada and Switzerland. Italian journalists reported that officials took Luxuria beyond the Olympic security zone and took her spectator pass, which is required to enter the zone and attend events. She is scheduled to leave Sochi Tuesday, which she apparently was scheduled to do anyway.
“I’m going to enjoy,” she said about an hour before being taken away in a car. “I’m going to say that I like very much the modernity of this place and I wish a modernity of mind of this country because there are a lot of homophobic episodes of violence and nobody seems to care about this because there is a terrible law saying you can’t talk about gay issues in public because there could be a minor listening to you.”
More on Putin’s anti-trans/LGBT law: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/07/23/is-russian-president-vladimir-putin-transphobic/
Pushback in Russia: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/11/25/lawyer-gets-naked-for-trans-rights-in-russia/
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