Gay-rights activist detained at Olympic Park

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Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender rights activist from Italy was walking around Olympic Park in a rainbow headdress shouting "Gay is okay" in both English and Russian. She attempted to enter Shayba Arena to watch a hockey game when she was detained by Russian police. She shouted "I have a ticket" while she was led away by four officers.

Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by friends to attend a women's ice hockey match after posing for photos on the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by friends to attend a women's ice hockey match after posing for photos on the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by friends to attend a women's ice hockey match after posing for photos on the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, right, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, walks through the Olympic Plaza as visitors look on at left at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, right, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, walks through the Olympic Plaza as visitors look on at left at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match
Vladimir Luxuria, right, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, walks through the Olympic Plaza as visitors look on at left at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, waits to receive her ticket at a box office for a women's ice hockey match as the Olympic flame burns in the background at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend the women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, waits to receive her ticket at a box office for a women's ice hockey match as the Olympic flame burns in the background at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend the women's ice hockey match
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, waits to receive her ticket at a box office for a women's ice hockey match as the Olympic flame burns in the background at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend the women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is detained by police after entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia
Vladimir Luxuria, center, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, is led away by police after being detained upon entering the Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match
Vladimir Luxuria, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, talks to the media while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women's ice hockey match. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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