Sorry, I was out to dinner with some old friends who happened to be in town. As always, there’s a ton of new Russia news, much of it worth perusing, including:
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who yesterday gave gay Olympians a piece of her mind, today says she was misunderstood. The problem is she was still defending Russia’s anti-gay law, and I’m sorry, I’m not going to play the “I respect you as a person but you’re going straight to hell” game any longer. That law in insidious, it’s pure Nazi circa 1933,
As an aside, I’m seeing some bs floating out there about how even England had laws like this at one point, and how even America was super anti-gay not that long ago. And yeah, 25 years ago a lot of countries got away with a lot of anti-gay crap because we weren’t powerful enough to stop the bigotry and the hatred that led so many of us to attempt suicide. That doesn’t give Russia the right to keep abusing us today – as if they somehow missed out their chance to dehumanize us somehow, and now want a shot at it. We finally have the power to stand up to bullies and we will.
And by the way, 25 even further back in time we used to ban inter-racial marriage. It still doesn’t mean that you get the right to do it today with impunity.
Russia is now hinting that it won’t provide visa to western pop musicians. Yeah, because Moscow is that first-all-important stop on the way to celebrity fame. Whatever will Madonna and Lady Gaga do without it?
Two NHL Swedes, who are expected to be on the Swedish Olympic hockey team, speak out against Russia’s anti-gay law.
An absolutely wonderful series of interviews with gay Russians in NYC.
Coke and McDonald’s don’t like Russia’s new anti-gay law, but they also aren’t interested in Russia repealing it.
Putin-backed candidate steals image of Game of Thrones star, pretends she’s a rape victim in new campaign ad.
The Russian parliament’s “Investigative Committee” summons a gay activist before them to face accusations of insulting them on Twitter. Could they be more pathetic?
A really nice round-up from Mother Jones on the overall issue, how we got to where we are, etc.
Russian gays are looking for asylum in the US.
Cong. Jerry Nadler tweets.
Archie comics cancels fictional character’s fictional trip to Russia in the comic strip to protest Russia’s anti-gay law. I’m sorry, but that’s really kind of cool.
The city of Sarasota debates whether to cut its Sister City ties with Russia.
NPR on athletes speaking out against Russian anti-gay law.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on how vague the Russian law, and the IOC’s rule, are – and whether the IOC and Russia are now banning Olympic athletes from being openly gay.
Reykjavik Pride rocks:
And here’s how you turn your beer bottles into really cool glass cups.