Hot models and smart lesbians, a very Russian open thread (video)

Masha Gessen, a Russian journalist and lesbian activist, who authored a critically-acclaimed biography of Russian President Vladimir Putin, spoke last night at the Queer Nation NYC meeting about the ongoing organizing around Russia’s anti-gay crackdown.

She did a great job talking about the situation in Russia, and why a strong response from the international community can and will  make a difference.

First, a quick snippet from Masha about what we can hope to achieve, and why fighting back against Russian homophobia matters:

Then a longer segment of Masha’s thoughts on why it’s important to fight back and stand up against the Russian government:

And finally, a Belgian fashion designer has created a line of men’s boxer shorts called “From Russia With Love,” to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws.

The video of the hot boys in their boxers is, I believe, in Flemish. But really, who cares :)

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  • Jim Olson

    It’s still f’ing hot. ;)

  • bless you!

  • 1jetpackangel

    My heart goes out to adopted/foster children, who because of this are apparently trapped here for the rest of their lives.

  • I can name the schools I went to. That’s my 10%. The rest of it? Not a chance.

  • fritzrth

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing you in a pair of those shorts. Or out of them. B-)

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Hadn’t thought of the models’ shorts. My husband always said it was a good thing that we didn’t get to see “The Boy from Oz”. To raise money for an AIDS charity, they routinely auctioned off a shirt worn by Hugh Jackman. Hubby was afraid I would have taken out a second mortgage to buy it.

  • nicho

    The same model shorts or the ones the guys are actually wearing? There are people who would pay good money for those.

  • discus_sucks_ass

    to be fair lesbians were mentioned in the headline! :)

  • Bill_Perdue

  • Bomer

    I don’t think I could answer any of them. I might be able to scrounge up a few old addresses (and maybe one or two schools-we moved around a lot) but that’s it.

  • Bomer

    Daaammnnn! o.O

  • Pat

    Actually they speak Flemish (i.e. Belgian Dutch).
    Walloon is the ancient version of the language spoken in the Walloon region of Belgium, where people now speak French (ok, Belgian French)

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Neither one us have one of those guys in our contacts list. Pity.

  • Holy crap. I looked at those sample questions and could only answer maybe — at best — 10% of them.

  • Hubba-hubba. I think I fall into the “gawd, such a shame they’re gay” crowd. ;-)

  • JayRandal

    I have been to Belgium but didn’t see guys like that there yum. Must have been in wrong locations.
    Did see and meet some yummy Holland guys and blonde Germans. When I was in my early 20s I
    spent about three months one summer in Europe. Went to Amsterdam in Holland staying for about
    a week there. Enjoyed going to pubs along the canals where all the guys took off their shirts while
    drinking beer. Since blonde and blue eyed myself I was looked at as Dutch or German. Had best
    time at Cap-de-Antibes in France sunning on beach in tight speedos. Loved Zurich, Switzerland
    and Ulm in Germany. Being part Danish I would like to see Denmark someday. Berlin for Gay clubs.

  • Jim Olson

    Oh God. Hot guys who speak Walloon. I need a cold shower.

  • dula

    hands above the table

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I know I would not look like those guys, but I still would like those shorts.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Second look? That’s nothing. My eyes almost popped out. Of course, I’m not exactly what one would call straight.

  • nicho

    “Hot male models in boxer shorts” didn’t tip you off?

  • Straightnotnarrow

    Christ John warn a straight guy when your gonna gay up the web site ;). I gotta admit, even I had to take a second look.

  • …or if they happen to need a distraction and your name falls out of the hat…

  • nicho

    White House approves hyper-invasive passport applications.

    I’m not sure I could answer these questions, and of course, if you mistakenly give one wrong answer, they have a club to use against you should you become inconvenient to them.

  • If only I would look as good if I bought that underwear.

  • Lthomas320

    Those cheekbones! Those abs! Could those guys be any better looking?! Okay, now I’ll go watch Masha.

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