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(We Are) #GayPropaganda PSA

In: Donovan, Politics & Issues, Totally GAY!
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“Be the antidote to hate. Join the movement. Use the hashtag & raise your voice in support of LGBT people facing prejudice and violence. #GayPropaganda

The Scream” is the first of three media pieces in an effort to humanize and more clearly illustrate the escalating violence against LGBT people in Russia. It’s the brainchild of Kevin Dolan and Joe Babarsky who teamed up with a group of LGBT activists to raise awareness for Russia’s controversial anti-gay legislation. Their ultimate goal is to reclaim the term “gay propaganda.” Check out the PSA below.

check out the video after the jump

Much like Thomas Roberts‘ decision to host Miss Universe, his red carpet interview where he spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay law has been met with mixed reactions. Some have commended the openly-gay NBC corespondent for his condemnation, while others feel he pussied out for not taking a harder stance. Donald Trump hired Roberts after Andy Cohen declined the job. Check out his words below and decide for yourself.

“I know the law is very vague, and it’s still hard to interpret for many people, but it is discrimination, and that’s definitive,” Roberts said. “I don’t think that the LGBT population in Russia or anywhere, should be marginalized to that degree. We are not asking for special protection, we’re just asking for equal respect.”

The very fact he even spoke publicly about it on Russian soil is commendable. Technically, I guess he could’ve been arrested for violating the country’s legislation. To boot, he attended the event and posed for pictures with his partner Patrick Abmer who’s pictured above. Watch the red carpet footage below.

Just in case you were wondering, Miss Venezuela won for the umpteenth time. Personally, I was rooting for Miss Spain or Miss Philippines to take it all. For that matter, I’m beyond shocked Miss Israel didn’t even make the Top 16. She took my breath away as Roberts and co-host Mel. B introduced all the delegates. Sound off below on Thomas’ words and which contestants you were rooting for.

watch the clip after the jump

Once Russia passed its anti-gay legislation, Andy Cohen stepped down from hosting the Miss Universe pageant being held in Moscow this year. “Their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit, he told former Miss Universe co-host Giuliana Rancic. “The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested. [I] didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”

Yesterday, we learned who Donald Trump has tapped to replace both Cohen and Rancic. MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and former Spice Girl Melanie B are taking over. Roberts who has been publicly out since 2006 and is married, explained not only did he take the gig, but he begged for it. Read below why he’s heading to Moscow with his husband Patrick, along with watching his fellow MSNBC colleagues interview him about his decision.

read and watch his explanation after the jump

Alongside Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest ballet dancers in history. The 65-year-old legend defected from Russia in 1974. Since then, Misha has appeared on stage, film and television. Sex and the City fans will remember him as Carrie’s last boyfriend, Aleksandr Petrovsky, before finally sealing the deal with Mr. Big.

The former Ruskie condemns Russia in a statement for New York-based not-for-profit organization No More Fear. The foundation provides a lifeline of resettlement services to LGBT individuals, couples and their families seeking refuge and asylum in the United States. It was formed by prominent members of New York City legal, business, financial and Broadway theatrical communities seeking to address the growing crisis of the LGBT rights in the Russian Federation and neighboring countries. Read Mikhail’s statement below.

check out his statement after the jump

Sports Stud: David Belyavskiy

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!

With the 44th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships taking place this week in Antwerp, Belgium, I figured it would make sense to put the spotlight on one of the many handsome and chiseled competitors. Some of them we’ve already featured before, but one gymnast that hasn’t been highlighted in a Sports Stud is Russia’s David Belyavskiy. That being said, he was listed in our 15 Hottest Male Gymnasts at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Earlier this week in qualifications, David Belyavskiy had a bit of trouble on his first two apparatuses, the Parallel Bars and the Horizontal Bar, but then stepped things up on the Floor and Pommel Horse. He was able to secure a 14th overall placing to solidify his spot in the finals which are taking place this weekend. Belyavskiy is the 2013 European All-around champion.

Check out some of his photos below as well as some of the videos from the competition earlier this week. Enjoy!

Pics and video after the jump…

A group of Russian activists announced today that they had nominated , Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize. According to the New York Times, the letter read: “Being the leader of one of the leading nations of the world, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin makes efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity not only on the territory of his own country but also actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.” With all that has gone on in their country (anti-gay laws and arrests) and outside of their country (selling weapons to Syria), that’s a pretty bold statement.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

As shocked as you may be to see him nominated for this award, you’ll be relieved to know that it’s easier to be “nominated” for this award than you think. Winning is another story.

The basic criteria for nominations after the jump…

Selena Gomez Banned From Entering Russia

In: Donovan, Music

In the wake of Madonna and Lady Gaga openly defying Russia’s anti-gay law on their soil, the government is making entry into the country more difficult for foreign performers according to the Moscow Times. Russian conservatives tried to file lawsuits against them in the spirit of the controversial law banning the promotion of “nontraditional sexual relationships” to minors that came into effect this summer.

The first one affected by the tougher restrictions is Selena Gomez. The powers that be obviously perceive her as pro-gay, which I assume is probably true. The “Slow Down” singer is forced to cancel two scheduled shows in St. Petersburg and Moscow on September 23 and 25 respectively due to her visa being declined. As someone’s who’s seen her Stars Dance World Tour, they’re missing out. At least from what I can remember ;)

find out about Elton John after the jump

It appears that Justin Timberlake didn’t get the memo about Russia’s anti-gay stance. Given the fact he spent the better part of his youth with the homosexual that is Lance Bass, you’d think he would’ve declined appearing on the cover of a Russian publication. Both Andy Cohen and Wentworth Miller have canceled appearances due to the country’s “gay propaganda” law.

I’m willing to give the “Mirrors” singer the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps, he agreed and posed for the cover try and inside editorial before Putin’s disgusting law came into effect. I will say though, that the 32-year-old looks pretty fly on the cover. Check out more photos below.

more photos after the jump

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