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At Yesterday’s Protest In London

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TUESDAY: Montreal Pride To Hold Vigil Outside Russian Consulate

Montreal Pride announces: Montréal Pride will hold a peaceful candlelight vigil to denounce the Russian law against “gay propaganda” and to sensitize the public about the deteriorating LGBT human rights situation in Russia. The vigil will be held on Tuesday, August 13 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm in front of the Russian consulate, located at 3655 de la Musée in ...

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At London’s Protest Of Russia

Thousands of our people are rallying today outside of Russia’s consulate in London. I’ll add more photos and video as they come in.  (Photos via JMG reader Sam)

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CHICAGO: Activists To Protest McDonald’s Sponsorship Of Sochi Olympics

Next weekend a group of Chicago activists will rally outside the McDonald’s corporate headquarters in protest of their sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics. Members and supporters of StonewallAgain plan on marching at McDonald’s headquarters, 2111 McDonald’s Dr. in Oak Brook, on Aug. 17 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The group is calling on McDonald’s to cease their support of the Games ...

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The Russian Vodka Boycott Is Working

Two week ago I told NPR that I didn’t believe that the boycott of Russian vodka would actually end up causing much financial pain to any of the targeted companies, but that the media’s interest in the boycott would serve to push the plight of Russian LGBT people into headlines around the world.  And that result, I concluded, made the ...

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Gilbert Baker: Don’t Wave The Rainbow Flag To Cover Up Russian Atrocities

Via press release from Queer Nation: Gilbert Baker, the creator of the Rainbow Flag and a member of Queer Nation made the following statement to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni: “Olympic flag waving gave a stamp of approval to Nazi atrocities in 1936. Please don’t use the Rainbow Flag to cover up Russian atrocities in 2014. The Rainbow Flag ...

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Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin: We Don’t Have Anti-Gay Laws

Yesterday activists confronted the Russian ambassador to the United Nations outside of his home in Manhattan. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin arrived at his residence on New York’s Upper East Side in the late afternoon to find 10 activists from the international gay rights group All Out outside the wrought iron gates holding red placards saying: “340,457 worldwide say stop Russia’s anti-gay ...

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HomoQuotable – Dustin Lance Black

“Last week, my friend Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, sent a letter to six major studios and the Motion Picture Association of America, urging them to speak out about the ongoing atrocities in Russia. So far, every one of them has avoided comment. The truth is, there is virtually no other industry that can make a greater ...

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TN Couple Applies For Marriage License

Via Out & About Nashville, more action in Tennessee: After announcing that they would begin encouraging same-sex couples to apply for Tennessee state marriage licenses at their monthly community meeting last week, the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) joined couples this morning seeking to not only apply for a marriage license but also clarify the standing of existing marriages. Davidson County ...

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George Takei: Move The Olympics

“Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported.Given this position, the IOC must do the ...

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RUSSIA: Paratroopers Attack Gay Rights Activist In St. Petersburg

Pink News reports: A lone gay rights activist, Krill Kalugin, was assaulted by a violent group of Russian paratroopers in the city that was the birth place of the country’s anti-gay legislation. Mr Kalugin was holding a rainbow banner in St Petersburg that read “This is propagating tolerance” when he was attacked. Although riot police intervened to arrest the paratroopers, ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Mayor Of Small Town Performs First Allegheny County Marriage

Last night the mayor of a small Pennsylvania suburb of Pittsburgh married two men in the first such ceremony in Allegheny County. John Kandray and Bill Gray of Regent Square have been together for 11 years. They share a house, two dogs and what they say is a deep love for each other. “Showing our commitment to each other,” Gray ...

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Father Tony Is Doing The AIDS Ride

I don’t know where he gets the energy, but in November our own Father Tony will participate in South Florida’s version of an AIDS ride.  From the SMART Ride about page: Like many things that change us and the world in some way, it starts with a dream, a vision, and an idea. The Southern Most AIDS/HIV RideTwenty-Thirteen is no ...

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Hundreds Of LGBT Protesters March On Russia’s Consulates In Toronto And SF

Hundreds of protesters marched to the Russian consulate in Toronto on Saturday. A number of local politicians attended the rally Saturday, including Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Glen Murray, who is openly gay himself, and Parkdale-High Park MPP Cheri DiNovo. Speaking with CP24, Murray also said the law is worrisome. “If we were in Russia right now, we’d be mobbed by ...

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NYC Restaurant And Nightclub Trade Association To Hold Symbolic Vodka Dump

A New York City restaurant and nightclub trade association will today hold a symbolic vodka dump in protest of Russia’s ban on “homosexual propaganda.” The protest is organized by the United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association, which represents 3,000 hotels, nightclubs, bars and restaurants. The umbrella group is calling for a citywide ban on all Russian booze and foods. Last ...

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NYT Disses AIDS History Exhibit

AIDS In NYC: The First Five Years has been running all summer at the New York Historical Society.  Yesterday the New York Times issued a scathing review. After seeing this show, a newcomer to this history would be hard pressed to understand the rise of the street-activist group Act Up, the takeover of the Food and Drug Administration headquarters by ...

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SWEDEN: Topless FEMEN Activists Storm Russia’s Embassy In Stockholm

Two of Ukraine’s famed FEMEN topless activists climbed a fence yesterday and rushed into Russia’s embassy in Stockholm in a protest over LGBT rights. The two women, linked to the Ukrainian feminist group Femen, waved a rainbow flag at the embassy’s grounds and carried a sign saying “homosexual propaganda on Russian ground.” They were supported by two other activists outside ...

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Photo Of The Day

As Pennsylvania’s marriage battle continues to heat up, Commonwealth Equality is inviting its Facebook followers to submit photos like the one above posted by openly gay state Rep. Brian Sims and state Rep. Steve McCarter of Montgomery County, which continues to defy the governor and issue marriage licenses.

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Harvey Fierstein On “Rat Putin”: It’s Time For The Gay Community To Get Dangerous

Here’s an except from Harvey Fierstein’s interview with Michelangelo Signorile: “It seemed to me a really good time for us as a community to say, ‘You know what boys? Time to stop fucking with us,’” he said, also backing the boycott of Stolichnaya Vodka that has taken off worldwide. “It’s time for them to stop to making money. Time for ...

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Signorile Interviews Stoli CEO

Yesterday Michelangelo Signorile interviewed Stoli CEO Val Mendeleev on his new Sirius XM show. Audio of the full interview is at the bottom of this post. In response to the boycott, Mendeleev said the company is in the beginning phase of seeking a group to which it could donate money to help fight the anti-gay government repression in Russia, and ...

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