Tag Archives: Russia

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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Mother Russia: A Musical Spoof

Clip recap: Our hilarious rebuttal to Russia’s cruel stance on homosexuality ahead of the Olympics! iTunes: Almost! Facebook page. Daniel Jourdan – Director / Producer / Editor. Adam Cohen – Writer / Lyricist / Producer / Voice of Mikhail / Ballet Dancer. Music Written By – Michael Sousa. “Don’t restrict our freedoms cuz my lover is a bear, no kids …

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RUSSIA: Gay Activist To Sue Actor Ivan “Burn Gays Alive” Okhlobystin

A Russian gay activist says he will sue actor and former Orthodox priest Ivan Okhlobystin, who earned international headlines for saying that he’d like to burn all gays alive in ovens. Via Russia’s official news agency, RIA Novosti: Nikolai Bayev said in a post on his Facebook account Wednesday that he did not expect his suit against Ivan Okhlobystin to …

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NEW ZEALAND: Parliament Unanimously Passes Resolution Slamming Russia

Via the New Zealand Herald: Parliament has unanimously passed a motion in support of gay rights in Russia ahead of the Winter Olympics. Green MP Jan Logie moved that “the House wish our athletes competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi well, and note Russia’s recent passing of anti homosexual legislation, and ask the New Zealand Government to urge other …

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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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RUSSIA: Gay-Basher In Custody After Being Deported By Cuban Authorities

Infamous gay-basher Maxim Martsinkevich is today in the custody of Russian police after fleeing to Cuba, where local authorities promptly deported him on the basis of fugitive warrants filed with Interpol by Russia and Ukraine. Via LGBTQ Nation: A spokesperson for the Russian Federal Security services told LGBTQ Nation that Maxim Sergeyevich Martsinkevich, also known by his street nickname “Tesak” …

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From Queer Nation

Activists are continuing to hijack the social media campaigns of major Sochi Olympics marketing partners. #CheersToSochi is the hashtag.

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Sochi Mayor: We’ve Got No Gays Here

The mayor of Sochi says there are no gay people in his town, population 343,000. Anatoly Pakhomov, a member of President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, told Panorama that gay people would be welcome at the Games. “Our hospitality will be extended to everyone who respects the laws of the Russian Federation and doesn’t impose their habits on others”, he …

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Share A Coke With…

In the growing campaign to shame Olympic advertisers, activists are using the website of Coca-Cola South Africa, where you can personalize a Coke can and click to share it on social media. I used the above message and added the McDonald’s hashtag #CheersToSochi.  (Tipped by JMG reader Mark) NOTE: If you try to type the word “gay” you get this …

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State Department Warns Olympians: Don’t Wear Team USA Gear Around Russia

The State Department today warned American athletes not to wear US-branded apparel outside of the official Olympic venues while in Russia. “The U.S. Department of State has advised that wearing conspicuous Team USA clothing in non-accredited areas may put your personal safety at greater risk,” says the memo, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The memo details other …

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HomoQuotable – Belle Brockhoff

“The Australian Olympic Committee has been really supportive and they want me to be safe. They don’t recommend me waving a [rainbow] flag around which I won’t do. The most I’ll do is hold up six fingers to represent Principle Six. Possibly I’ll do it on camera here or there, and maybe after the heats of my event. After I …

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Canada Names Outspoken Putin Critic As Official Flag-Bearer At Sochi Olympics

Reuters has the news: Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada’s most decorated female ice hockey player and an outspoken critic of Russia’s anti-gay laws, was named on Thursday as her country’s flag-bearer for next month’s Sochi Winter Games. A triple gold medallist and pioneer of her sport who has played professionaly in men’s leagues, Wickenheiser said she was honored to be chosen to …

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These Are Team USA’s Sochi Uniforms

Reactions on Twitter are decided mixed, with some calling the look “Ugly Xmas Sweater Party Goes To Russia.” The outfits were designed by Ralph Lauren, who two years ago suffered scorn because the USA team’s 2012 uniforms were made in China. The Sochi outfits are “a patchwork of American craftsmanship — of wool carted from Oregon, spun in Pennsylvania and …

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Stoli Donates $300K To LA LGBT Center

“The responses to the attacks on LGBT rights in Russia show that our lives are global and interconnected. Some responded to the attacks on LGBT rights in Russia by boycotting Stoli. It’s worth clarifying that SPI Group, which is in no way affiliated with the Russian government, has been the owner of the Stolichnaya brand outside of Russia since 1997. …

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Broadway Stars Unite For Satire Of Russia’s Crackdown On LGBT People

A galaxy of Broadway stars have gotten together for skits and songs that mock Russia’s crackdown on LGBT people. You’ll recognize a lot of people: Harvey Fierstein, Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, Joanna Gleason, Jonathan Groff, Jackie Hoffman, Andrea McArdle, Brad Oscar, Stephen Schwarz, John Tartaglia, Mary Testa, Michael Urie, and many more. There are even cameos from Dan Savage and …

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