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Queer Nation & GetEqual Disrupt IOC Olympic Event In Boston – Picabo Street Shows Insensitivity

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Queer Nation and GetEqual Massachusetts disrupted the opening event of the US Olympic Committee’s Road to Sochi tour stop in Boston, demanding answers about the safety of LGBT Olympians, American spectators and also LGBT Russians.

Activist Sasha Kaufmann, of GetEqual Massachusetts, engaged former World Cup alpine skier Picabo Street, and got in a verbal altercation during the panel discussion that showed very little sensitivity or understanding by the former Olympian to the plight of LGBT Russians or the safety of gay and lesbian Americans attending the events in Russia.

Said Street when asked about safety concerns for LGBT Americans in Russia:

“We are Americans, we don’t live in Russia…I would take you under my arm, we will experience the Olympic games together  and have a wonderful time.”

When inquiring about what will happen to Kaufmann’s Russian gay brothers and sisters after the games are complete, Street interrupted the panel’s uncomfortable silence with:

“I don’t know. Hopefully nothing.”

The disruption of the kick-off events concluded with activists unfurling a 40-foot rainbow banner reading “Boycott Homophobia” just feet away from the main event’s stage in Boston Common, chanting “USOC protect LGBTs” and “Don’t believe Putin’s lies” for roughly 15 minutes.

*Queer Nation is a direct action group dedicated to ending discrimination, violence and repression against the LGBT community. Find out more information by visiting their website: www.queernationny.org or on Twitter and Facebook  @QueerNationNY – Facebook.com/qn.newyork.

**GetEQUAL Massachusetts is a state-based chapter of GetEQUAL,a group working to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community and allies by taking action to demand full legal and social equality, Website: www.getequalma.org; Twitter: @GetEqualMA; Facebook; http://bit.ly/GetEqualMass;

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Moscow Bans Tribute To Gay Holocaust Victims Because It Would Promote Homosexuality

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The city of Moscow has banned a commemorative tribute to the gay, lesbian and transgender victims of the Holocaust because it could “influence” children on homosexuality.

Via Gay Star News:

Around 20 participants applied to hold a peaceful event in Kudrinskaya Square in Moscow on 5 November. The intention of the tribute was to also spread the message about not repeating past mistakes and ensuring something like the Holocaust never happens again. But the authorities rejected the application, saying paying tribute to gay victims of Nazi Germany could potentially “influence” children on homosexuality.

Additionally Moscow has recently denied approval of two LGBT rallies. One to highlight the importance of combating homophobia in sport and the other for Russia to join the Schengen Agreement to allow the LGBT community freedom of movement in a single visa.

But remember the International Olympic Committee thinks Russia and FABULOUS and a perfect choice for the 2014 Games.  Just like the IOC did in 1936 when they were held in Berlin under Adolf Hitler.

CHER Says NYET To Performing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics In Russia

In an interview with Macleans, Cher lets it be known that she got an invitation to perform in Russia at the Sochi Games and turned it down FLAT:

I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.

YOU GO GURL!

At least SOMEONE has some integrity.  *cough* athletes *cough*

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He’s Baaaack! – Keith Olbermann Delivers Awesome Rant Against The IOC and Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

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Last night on his new ESPN show Keith Olbermann opened with a 9-minute rant about Russia’s anti-gay laws, the IOC, and Vladimir Putin.

Pure Olbermann.  It’s AWESOME

Someone get this awesome straight man an honorary gay card or give him an award already.