In which Schumer suggests Olympic athletes wave rainbow flags during the opening ceremonies.
I would love to see all the delegates waving rainbow flags at the opening/closing ceremonies. Or during the medal presentations.
"About 50 protesters gathered outside the consulate building to smooch, with women laying their lips on other women and men kissing other men — acts that would be deemed illegal in Russia.
"Something that is considered as gay propaganda in Russia, for us here is an act of love," Omar said.
While I applaud Baird’s comment I find it odd that the Canadian Olympic Committee is remaining silent. Wouldn’t it be nice to see all athletes waving rainbow flags during the opening ceremonies? And closing ceremonies, and podium presentations…
I like this idea.
Truth Wins Out, a group that fights anti-gay extremism, launched a petition drive this week asking NBC to make openly gay MSNBC host Rachel Maddow a “human rights correspondent” covering the Games this winter.
“Rachel has the expertise and the instincts to tell this full story to a viewing audience who are appalled by the treatment of their Russian brothers and sisters,” Truth Wins Out associate director Evan Hurst said. “Adding her to NBC’s coverage won’t fly in the face of the Olympic spirit, but rather enhance it, as there is nothing in the ethics or the history of the Olympic Games that can coexist peacefully with the war Russia is waging against her own citizens, and the rest of the world needs to know.”
"All the participants in today’s St Petersburg gay pride parade have been arrested and are being detained in police vans.
Some participants were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors.
Nikolai Alekseev, one of Russia’s most prominent LGBT activists who was arrested last month for organizing a gay rights march, confirmed with GSN that around 60 fellow activists and pro-gay supporters are now in police custody.
Several people also were badly beaten by anti-gay protestors who attacked the partcipants, with some suffering injuries.
Alekseev recounted to Gay Star News, while recovering on his train journey: ‘I was about 100 meters from the train station when someone ran into my back with a bicycle.
‘At first I thought it was a simple mistake but then they started shouting - “Fuck off to Europe you faggot”.
‘Then one threw an egg at the back of my head, while another punched me at my left ear.
‘I still have pain in my left ear with a burning sensation.’
Alekseev was attending a court session in Kostroma about the legality of the city’s ban on a gay pride in the municipality.
The Kostroma district court ruled that the ban on gay pride this May was lawful, but Alekseev says he will be appealing to the regional court, to which he filed an application today.
‘I kept the fact that I was travelling to Kostroma strictly confidential, only the city authorities knew that I was attending.
‘It was interesting to note that the three men attacked me specifically but did not touch fellow LGBT rights activist Kirill Nepomnyaschiy, who was right next to me.
‘So I suspect this was orchestrated by the city’s mayor, whom after all I sued.
'I think this is an attempt to scare me.
‘But I will apply to the general prosecution against him tomorrow.
‘He will not stop my fellow activists or me.
‘We will continue to apply for permit for a gay pride parade in Kostroma and pursue this matter in the courts.
'As I said today in court we will continue until we win, until city authorities will have to allow it.
‘The attackers are cowards! And I think they suffered more than me. The one who attacked me fell from his bicycle!
‘I always say that I am made of iron and its useless to try and break my arms or legs
‘President Putin said yesterday that there’s no discrimination against LGBT people in Russia, I ask him: “is this the Russian version of equality?”
‘LGBT people are being attacked and sometimes killed.’
Nikolai Aleskeev, Russian LGBT rights advocate, has been arrested for his part in organizing a gay rights march this morning.
‘This is the eighth year in a row we are trying to peacefully conduct Moscow Pride, but this time we face unprecedented pressure in terms of laws, bans and threats.
Aleskeev also received a letter from the European Court of Human Rights yesterday, denying his request to intervene with the Russian government for protection.
Aleskeev said: ‘If me or someone else is killed or injured in Moscow Pride on Saturday 25 May then the blood will also be on the hands of the Head of European Court of Human Rights and [its] judges.’
In a press conference held in Moscow today (22 May) Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of Europe (CoE) delivered a stern message to Russia regarding gay rights.
He said: ‘Authorities have an obligation also to (ensure) that LGBT people can express their views and (hold) demonstrations.
‘This is a fundamental principle in the European Convention on Human Rights,’ of which Russia is a signatory, he said.
Why not expel them from the EU if the don’t comply?
Over 150 LGBT people and their friends have braved homophobic and transphobic thugs to demand their rights at a protest in St Petersburg, Russia.
The Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg LGBT Pride says they will attempt to hold Pride on 29 June, 2013 even though three previous attempts have resulted in arrests and harassment and the city’s ban on so called ‘homosexual propaganda’.
The committee further stated that Pride would be held in order to attract public attention to the LGBT people in the city, as well as promoting tolerance and equality.
Last year the city’s government agreed to allow Pride but then banned it only two days before the event was scheduled to take place (7 July 2012).
Despite the sudden ban activists tried to hold Pride but were detained by police for organizing an unsanctioned event. Pride has also been banned in 2011 and 2010.
During the trial of the eight detained organizers, Yury Gavrikov and Maria Efremenkova proved their innocence and police malpractice.
Speaking with Gay Star News, Gavrikov said: ‘Pride this year will also commemorate a landmark anniversary; 20 years ago, on 27 May 1993, the Russian Duma repealed the notorious law criminalizing gay sex that was used to detain thousands of people during the Soviet times.
‘20 years later, history takes a turn for the worse – the Duma is in the process of a new national anti-gay law banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality among minors’.
In November 2011, St Petersburg’s legislature adopted at first reading a law banning ‘propaganda’ of ‘homosexualism, bisexualism, transgenderism and pedophilia’.
After delays and debates the legislative assembly of Saint Petersburg approved the law, and the city’s governor signed it taking effect on 30 March 2012.
Gavrikov commented: ‘Lawsuits against St. Petersburg’s ban on LGBT public events and its anti-gay laws have been won in local courts.
‘We have been informed that a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on our case against the banning of Pride march in 2010 will be delivered later this year.
‘We are confident that the verdict will be similar to the case of the ECHR “Alekseev vs. Russia’ which ruled the ban against Moscow Pride as breaching the European Convention of which Russia is a signatory.
‘Taken together these are substantial rulings by several courts that show St. Petersburg Pride has been banned illegally.
‘We, as a social group, believe in the right to hold public events and will insist on it by all possible means, including going ahead with Pride which was illegally banned by the authorities’.
American allies are joining forces the Russian LGBT community in a new photo campaign to protest Russia’s anti-gay propaganda bill.
Mike Petrelis, San Francisco-based blogger and gay rights advocate (pictured), has joined other Americans in the ‘I am Not Propaganda’ campaign started by Coming Out, an LGBT organization based in St. Petersburg, and OutLoudMag.ru
A Russian policeman, a Christian straight man and a teacher are some of the hundreds of individuals who’ve contributed photos of themselves holding signs that read: ‘I am ______ and I oppose homophobia’.
The photo campaign comes as Russia’s State Duma voted in favor of the new law on Friday (25 January), which forbids ‘homosexual propaganda’ to minors which it links to pedophilia.
On Thursday (25 January) the Kaliningrad region, with a population of almost a million, became the 10th Russian region to pass a law. The Kaliningrad governor just needs to sign the bill in order for it to become law.
According to the Coming Out website, the campaign challenges the moral grounds of the anti-gay propaganda bill.
The website reads: ‘Champions of morality and the “children’s rights advocates” in Russia have consistently indicated that Russian society is traditionally against homosexuals. Authors of the campaign ask the question: is this true? Does the Russian society really believe gays and lesbians should be persecuted?’
To view the photos that have been submitted so far, visit OutLoudMag.ru.
To contribute your own photo to the online campaign, take a picture of yourself holding a sign that reads ‘Я человек а не пропаганд’, which translates to ‘I am a human being and not propaganda’. Submit your photo to email@example.com.