Russia gay update, 13 stories worth reading from the morning papers

Russia is now censoring books.

US Olympic Committee warns American skater to “be careful,” avoid defending human rights of gay Olympians:

Skater Joshua Farris seemed on the verge of speaking out Wednesday, but caught himself.

“I don’t want to share too much about it,” he said. “I was told to be careful.”

Farris declined to name the person who told him to be careful. He did say the person worked for the USOC.

MLK III backs Russian Olympics boycott over gay rights.

Russian NHL player is not a big fan of the gay:

It was only a matter of time before a member of Russia’s hockey community was asked for his take on the country’s controversial anti-gay law ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The response was equally predictable.

After being presented Thursday with the 2013 Kharlamov Trophy — awarded to the NHL’s top Russian player, as voted by his peers — Red Wings’ forward Pavel Datsyuk had the hot button question dropped in his lap. His reply, according to Russian journalist Igor Eronko: “I’m an orthodox and that says it all.”

Yeah, well I’m orthodox too, Pavel, so what exactly is your point?  Don’t pussyfoot around – if you think gays are a threat to children, and abnormal, say it.

Chape Hill, NC reconsidering Sister City status with Russia.

10,000 march in Copenhagen, Denmark against Russia’s anti-gay crackdown.

Why Russia turned against the gays? From a few weeks ago, seriously worth the read.

More from rockin’ New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup:

”My sexuality is gay and being gay is not propaganda and I can’t change my sexuality and I’m not going, I guess, to change that during the Olympic Games…. My sexuality isn’t the be-all or end-all of who I am. However, given the situation in Russia, I think it’s important to highlight that and to be proud of that.”

Blake-Skjellerup

Some Jewish groups are being a tad timid on their embrace of our cause.

Australian foreign minister condemns Russia’s gay propaganda law.

Gay BBC presenter speaks out about covering the recent world championships in Russia:

Gabby Logan has spoken of her personal discomfort at presenting this month’s World Athletics Championships in Russia amid the furore over the country’s homophobic laws.

Speaking on the Channel 4 chat show The Last Leg, the presenter joked that learning about the country’s anti-gay stance had made her inclined to “hate all Russians”.

We had a Russian family sitting at the next table during a dinner in a nice restaurant here in Paris the other day.  I was amazed at how uncomfortable, and yes angry, it made me.

It’s a rather big closet for gay and trans athletes in Russia.

The Economist covers the Russia gay imbroglio.


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    The Manfred Symphony, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet–what are they going to do, arrest the conductors and orchestras who perform these works for “gay propaganda?”

  • chris10858

    Why is it that Russian sports figures are freely able to come out against LGBT equality yet any other well-known athlete is told by the IOC and other Olympic groups to be silent?

  • rubisco

    Gabby Logan isn’t gay as far as we know! You have confused her with Clare Balding – another sports presenter who is gay.

  • Monoceros Forth

    On the proposed book-banning:

    According to local media, lawyer Alexander Lelikov claimed he discovered the book in a store where children could easily see it.

    “The book is as if deliberately released as confectionary designed for children, it has a bright cover and nice glossy paper.”

    Shelving a book in an ordinary fashion is bad; color art on the cover is bad; 100 lb acid-free paper is bad. Yet somehow I think if the book were printed on newsprint bound in a cover made from a paper bag and shelved in a basement, Mr. Lelikov would still be itching to ban it.

  • http://www.bloomsburyreview.com Webster

    It’s a short step from banning books to burning them.

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