Tag Archives: Russia

DENMARK: 10,000 March In Copenhagen In Protest Against Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

Via the Copenhagen Post: Ten thousand people got an early start on Copenhagen Pride festivities on Tuesday with a demonstration against Russia’s recently passed anti-gay law. Protestors taking part in the ‘To Russia with Love’ demonstration gathered in front of Christiansborg, the house of parliament, and then proceeded to march to the Russian Embassy, where they submitted signatures of people ...

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Photo Of The Day

Karen Ocamb writes at Frontiers Magazine: Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Mitch O’Farrell and Tom LaBonge eloquently described their anger over the anti-gay “propaganda” law now being enforced in Russia before unveiling a small Rainbow flag attached to the St. Petersburg Sister City sign prominently displayed near City Hall. They declared their opposition to severing Sister City ties, hoping ...

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Russian Gov’t Defends Anti-Gay Law In Letter To International Olympic Committee

The Russian government has “reassured” the International Olympic Committee that they will not discriminate against gay people during the Sochi Olympics.  Except that they might. The IOC received a letter from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak giving reassurances the host country will comply fully with the Olympic Charter’s provision against discrimination of any kind. “The Russian Federation guarantees the ...

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Prison Break Star Wentworth Miller Comes Out, Turns Down Invitation To Russia

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller came out today in a letter declining an invitation to appear at a Russian film festival. When Miller was invited to be guest of honor at the upcoming St. Petersburg International Film Festival, he wrote a letter, which was posted on the GLAAD website, explaining exactly why he wouldn’t attend. “Thank you for your kind ...

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Homocon Reporter Jamie Kirchick Kicked Off Russian Network After Denouncing “Homosexual Propaganda” Ban

I’ve been rather harsh about Kirchick over the years, but this is damn fantastic. Via the Washington Free Beacon: Reporter James Kirchick was kicked off the air of Russian TV Wednesday after he refused to talk about Bradley Manning and instead spoke about the Russian government’s anti-gay laws. “Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m going to wear my ...

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Quote Of The Day – George Takei

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Miss Universe Pageant Responds To Petition For Relocation Of Moscow Event

The Miss Universe pageant has responded to a Change.org petition which demands that this year’s event be moved from Moscow. Via press release: The Miss Universe Organization believes in equality for all individuals and is deeply concerned by the laws recently enacted in Russia and currently in place in several other countries. Both the law, as well as the violence ...

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Russian Runner: It Wasn’t A Gay Protest

“The storm of emotions going through us was incredible. And if we, accidentally, while congratulating each other, touched lips, excuse me. We think the whole fuss is more of a sick fantasy not grounded in anything.” – Russian runner Kseniya Ryzhova, denying that the now-famous kiss with her teammate was done as a political act. The kiss earned international headlines ...

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Moscow Times On Anti-Gay Vigilantes

The Moscow Times has finally noticed the anti-gay vigilante groups whose videos have have been in the news elsewhere for months.  One of the groups they single out entraps teenage gay boys looking to hook up with older men and calls themselves Occupy Gerontophilia. (Gerontophilia means to have a sexual preference for the elderly.) At least one official has drawn ...

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Kazakhstan Might Copy Russia’s Law

The parliament of Kazakhstan may soon consider its own version of Russia’s ban on “homosexual propaganda.” Kazakhstan parliament wants to follow in Russia’s footsteps and put through a bill banning homosexuality ‘propaganda’ in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews.kz reports. MPs believe that Kazakhstan needs a law that would route out gay-clubs and ban LGBT community’s pride parades. Member of the Majilis (the Lower ...

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RUSSIA: Eight Pastafarians Arrested After Clashing WIth Orthodox Church Members

Eight followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster were arrested for marching without a permit in Moscow yesterday after members of the Russian Orthodox Church attacked them during a mock religious rally. Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster planned to hold a “pasta procession” in Moscow and St. Petersburg to honor the birthday of Robert De Niro, who ...

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Headlines Of The Day

There’s a lot of debate today over whether yesterday’s kiss at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow was actually a political act. While Sky News reported that sources in the Russian camp claimed the two athletes were just exchanging a congratulatory kiss, neither runner has commented publicly. The public kiss came as Russia’s sports minister insisted that a ...

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MOSCOW: Female Russian Gold Medalists Kiss On Podium In Defiance Of Law Against “Homosexual Propaganda”

Tonight Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, two members of Russia’s women’s 4×400 relay team, defied their nation’s ban on “homosexual propaganda” when they kissed on the podium during the presentation ceremony for their gold medals at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow.  Just fantastic! Thank you, ladies, thank you! (Tipped by JMG reader Jude)

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RUSSIA: Finnish Official Waves Rainbow Flag At World Track & Field Championships

Finnish Minister of Culture & Sports Paavo Arhinmäki waved a rainbow flag this afternoon during the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow.  The above-linked article is in Finnish. I’ll update this post with an English report if it appears that action will be taken by the Russian government. RELATED:  Arhinmäki ran for president of Finland in 2012 and finished ...

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MOSCOW: Swedish High Jumper Told To Paint Over Her Rainbow Fingernails

On Thursday, Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro competed at the World Track & Field finals in Moscow with her fingernails painted in rainbow hues in support of the LGBT community. Her gesture sparked international headlines after she was denounced by the Russian pole vaulting world champion, who later backtracked.  Now comes this: Swedish officials told the 28-year-old her rainbow ...

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USOC Clarifies On Russia

More on this at Buzzfeed.

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Coca-Cola And McDonald’s: The Olympic Games Should Remain In Russia

In statements obtained by Pink News and Buzzfeed, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s expressed support for the LGBT community, but both corporations agree that the Olympic Games should remain in Russia. From Coca-Cola: We have long been a strong supporter of the LGBT community and have advocated for inclusion and diversity through both our policies and practices. We do not condone human ...

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Yelena Isinbayeva: I Was Misunderstood

“English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday. What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests. But let me make it clear I respect the views of my fellow athletes, and let me state in the strongest terms ...

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NY Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell Calls On State To Divest Russian Assets

Openly gay New York state Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell today called on the state comptroller’s office to divest its pension funds from all Russian interests.  Via press release: “These issues are very personal for me, both as a gay man and as an elected official who has fought against intolerance and bigotry in my work in the New York State Assembly. ...

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MOSCOW: Swedish Athlete Competes With Fingernails Painted In Rainbow Colors, Draws Condemnation From Russian Pole Vaulting World Champion

At the World Track & Field championships in Moscow, Swedish high jumper Emma Green Tregaro competed today with her fingernails painted in rainbow hues in a gesture of solidarity for the LGBT community, drawing condemnation from Russia pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva. “If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our ...

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