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As if we needed another reason to love Stephen Amell. The Arrow star showed off his support for the LGBT community on a recent Facebook post. The 32-year-old actor slammed Russia for its homophobic laws and their ‘Stone Age’ mentality. He also made it clear that while he opposes the country’s antiquated laws, he wished all the best for the athletes who’ve trained their entire lives to compete at the Olympics.

“For everyone asking, we’re taking a mini hiatus so people can grit their teeth and suffer through an Olympic games marred by homophobia and mediocre levels of public interest. Back February 26th.”

“Follow up point — Good luck to all the athletes who have worked so hard for so many years and essentially geared their entire life around this opportunity. Hopefully, a lot of them will use their success and a public platform to remind everybody this isn’t the stone age.”

Amell previously stated he was okay with homosexuals hitting on him. With his recent comment, I’m sure he’s won over a few more admirers. Still not convinced. Check out some stills from a recent episode where he demonstrated his amazing salmon ladder skills. Having a great body is impressive enough, but I still marvel at anyone who can execute this exercise.

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Michael Rohrbaugh directed and produced a powerful new PSA for the Russia Freedom Fund. In the clip, a loving same-sex couple is beaten by a bunch of athletes on a field while spectators watch with glee. Once the physical abuse ends a judging panel scores the team of bullies on their hate crime.

THE RUSSIA FREEDOM FUND
http://www.uprisingoflove.org/donate – is a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBT movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 100% of all donations will be paid out as grants. This initiative responds to growing concerns about recent state-sponsored discrimination in Russia and expresses solidarity between the international LGBT community and allies, and the Russian LGBT movement.

Russia isn’t the only country taken to task in the clip. Belize, Iran, Uganda and Saudi Arabia are all called out for their homophobic laws. Check out the powerful two minute clip below.

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Take that Vladmir Putin. Google took a stand against Russia’s homophobic legislation by posting a LGBT-themed Doodle and quoting the International Olympic Committee’s anti-discrimination charter. Bravo Google.

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” – Olympic Charter

Too bad IOC president Thomas Bach didn’t have the balls to reassign the Olympics to another country to host given all the human rights violations taking place in Russia right now.

(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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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