Tag Archives: activism

Queer Nation Sends Valentine’s Day Love Out To The World’s LGBT People

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Stephen Fry On Annoying Putin

Via ANIMAL New York: In December, Mother London, the parent company of ANIMAL’s parent company, produced some limited edition Russian nesting dolls of British gay icons and sent them to the Kremlin. They were a big hit. When the actor, writer and activist Stephen Fry was asked to sign the charity dolls, we asked if we could tag along and …

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TRAILER: Olympic Hunger Games

New from Queer Nation.

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Bisexual Dutch Gold Medalist Slammed For Celebratory Cuddle With Vladimir Putin

Openly bisexual Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust told reporters that she had a “cuddle” with Vladimir Putin after winning her gold medal on Sunday. Wust told Dutch national broadcaster NOS, “I got a cuddle from him,” at a party held in her honor. “He congratulated me and asked if everything was OK in Russia and I congratulated him on (Russian speedskater) …

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UTAH: Activists Blockade Senate Offices Over Anti-Discrimination Bill

Utah Senate Bill 100 would outlaw housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Utah Senate has refused to hear the bill. RELATED: Local Fox News reporter Ben Winslow has been our most reliable source since the Utah marriage story exploded into the news in December.

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IOC Backs Arrests Of LGBT Activists

Yesterday dozens of LGBT activists were arrested across Russia for staging pro-gay demonstrations. While in custody, one of the activists arrested in Moscow’s Red Square tweeted that Russian police had beaten them and threatened them with sexual assault. Which the IOC apparently has no problem with. The International Olympic Committee has said Russia was acting in accordance with its laws …

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RUSSIA: Arrested Activists Say Cops Beat Them, Threatened Sexual Assault

Earlier today ten LGBT activists were arrested for waving rainbow flags in Moscow’s Red Square. According to text messages from the arrested Russians to a Swedish activist who was also arrested but was released first, the police beat two of the activists still in custody and threatened them with sexual assault. A text message transcript via Buzzfeed: Me:: “We didn’t …

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St. Panti’s Day Parade

After her moving and eloquent speech about homophobia went viral, a campaign was launched to name Irish drag queen Panti Bliss as the grand marshal of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But the chance of that happening appears to be slim. Organisers have said that the process to select who leads the parade “is well underway and this year’s Grand …

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Quote Of The Day – Chris Kluwe

“What is the true price of fame? The price of fame is what you risk when you have the platform. As an athlete, a role model for society, people listen to you. As an athlete, when you make a statement, that statement is heard, no matter what that statement is. Speak up for LBGTQ rights, for human rights, for empathy? …

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RUSSIA: Moscow Police Arrest 10 LGBT Activists During Sochi Opening Ceremonies

The Russian online news site Grani reports that ten LGBT activists were arrested by Moscow police at Red Square today as they waved rainbow flags and sang the Russian national anthem. The protest was timed to coincide with the opening ceremonies at Sochi. Brave, brave people.

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Tony Mono – Sochi

German pop artist and comedian Tony Mono, who regularly appears on the Cologne-based 1 Live radio network, has created a take on Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated Happy, the theme song to Despicable Me 2. From the clip description: Let’s show Russia, how we love our love. Free from oppression and fear! International superstar producer Tony Mono reaches out to fans across …

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Activists To Launch Sochi “War Room”

Via the #CheersToSochi Facebook page: LGBT activists, allies, social media experts, and journalists are invited to participate in the #CheersToSochi War Room in New York City at Boxers Bar HK during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games this Friday. The purpose of the #CheersToSochi War Room is for participants to monitor the Opening Ceremony and other Olympic-related …

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Gay Bashing As An Olympic Sport

Via press release: The video is the newest fundraising tactic by the Russia Freedom Fund, which aims to raise a million dollars by the end of the Olympics to support LGBT Russian activists. The video was produced by the Fair Games Project, an Indiegogo campaign launched by filmmaker Michael Rohrbaugh. The Fair Games Project also produced a powerful gun violence PSA that received significant attention last year. Athlete Ally is …

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Queer Nation Protests Against Putin Outside New York City’s Russian Consulate

This afternoon Queer Nation staged a protest against Vladimir Putin outside the Russian consulate on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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IDAHO: Police Arrest 43 LGBT Activists For Occupying State Senate Entrance

Via the Associated Press: Police have arrested dozens of gay rights activists, saying their protest blocked entrances to the Idaho Senate chambers for more than two hours. Idaho State Police say they took 43 people into custody Monday after the demonstrators stood shoulder to shoulder and prevented lawmakers from getting past. Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, the Idaho Legislature’s first …

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NEW YORK CITY: Queer Nation To Protest At Russian Consulate On February 6th

Via press release: Members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, will mark the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City at noon on February 6. “Gay bashing is not an …

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SWEDEN: 2000 Sing Russian National Anthem In Support Of LGBT Rights

From the clip recap: 2,000 people of the city of Stockholm gathered at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium to show their support to the LGBT people of Russia and to sing the most beautiful national anthem in the world. You can do the same, make your own rainbow version of the song and upload under the hashtag #liveandletlove Is is a …

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Kickstarter For AIDS Quilt Documentary

From the website for The Last One: Now more than 50 miles long were it to be laid out end-to-end, The AIDS Memorial Quilt is too large to display in any one location. Yet, even at this size, it does not begin to reflect the number of people who have succumbed to the pandemic. As the film traces The Quilt’s …

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Coke Pulls Web Promo

Towleroad reports that Coca-Cola has apologized for the social media campaign created by its South African division. When users attempted to add the word “gay” to their image of a Coke can, the response was “Oops, let’s pretend you didn’t just type that.” Here is Coke’s statement: “We are aware that the Share a Coke promotion we are running in …

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Pete Seeger Dies At 94

Legendary folk singer and civil rights activist Pete Seeger has died at the age of 94. For more than 50 years, Mr. Seeger roamed America, singing on street corners and in saloons, migrant labor camps, hobo jungles, union halls, schools, churches and concert auditoriums. He helped write, arrange or revive such perennial favorites as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Where …

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