facebook
twitter
search
search

Transgender former Italian MP released from custody in Sochi

Feb. 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Italian transgender former lawmaker Vladimir Luxuria was released from a Russian prison Monday after being arrested for allegedly holding a pro-gay banner.

Luxuria, who was a member of Parliament, allegedly held a rainbow colored banner that read, "It's OK to be gay" in Cyrillic while attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, ANSA reported.

Luxuria was arrested during the weekend.

Italy's Gay Center reported Luxuria said in a text message Monday, "I've been released and ... I'll [go back] to watching the Games.

Last year, Russia made it illegal to promote homosexuality.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Chelsea Clinton accidentally calls Bernie 'President Sanders'
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Susan Sarandon responds to Piers Morgan criticizing cleavage
Two Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death, prosecutors said
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice got classified email on private accounts