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.

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