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Russian Athletes Pose For NOH8 Campaign

Russian NOH8
Here's something to brighten your day. Amidst all the hateful nonsense that has been pouring out of Russia, particularly within the past few months, a positive message comes courtesy of Russian athletes who competed at the World Out games in Antwerp, Belgium a few months ago. The athletes chose to show their support by posing for Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley's iconic NOH8 campaign despite the very real possibility of reprisal by way of fines or worse that could come their way for speaking out, as it were. A shot of the shoot itself can be found on Bouska's Twitter feed, and more information about the NOH8 campaign can be found on their homepage.

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  1. While this is commendable, and I hope they don't get any backlash over it, they are at the World Outgames, so either they are gay or allies of gays. I truly respect what they are doing, and the courage it took, and for that, they deserve high praise, however, it would be even more powerful if this was the Russian Olympic team, or some members thereof.

    Posted by: CB | Oct 10, 2013 4:58:10 PM

  2. This is beautiful. Russian athletes showing their support "despite the very real possibility of reprisal by way of fines or worse".

    THIS means something. This is taking a stand and placing something at risk. I don't want to put down our American supporters and European supporters, but that is cost-free valiance. THIS is courage.

    Posted by: will | Oct 10, 2013 4:59:58 PM

  3. Russian LGBT people are lucky to have people who will make this public stand for them.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 10, 2013 6:56:08 PM

  4. Any Russians taking a stand in this way are very brave and have my admiration. I wish only the best for them & their future.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Oct 10, 2013 7:02:00 PM

  5. This is very courageous and touching.

    Posted by: mike128 | Oct 10, 2013 10:32:31 PM

  6. Of course, "NOH8" is not "gay propaganda" (whatever that is). If the Russian government went after them for something so innocuous, that government would be subject to world-wide ridicule - Stephen Colbert and company would have a field day. So hopefully sanity will prevail, if only out of self-interest.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 11, 2013 12:06:25 AM

  7. One of them -- the bald one in the back -- is Yuri Gavrikov, who also participated in the marriage demo in Petersburg. Attempting to marry his partner. He's also been beat up at some demos.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Oct 11, 2013 4:45:28 AM

  8. Is being gay affecting your game? Is your love for sports interfering with the love of your life? Is your desire to be the MVP keeping you from coming out to your coaches and teammates for fear of losing their acceptance? Are you worried that embracing who you are will keep you from getting an award or scholarship? Is your boyfriend or girlfriend tired of keeping your relationship a secret to keep you team captain? Maybe you're open about your sexuality but still feel discriminated on the court. Is being a gay athlete keeping you on the bench? Are you putting aside your feelings "for the good of the team?"

    If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 24 and want to share the struggles and triumphs of being an athlete within the LGBT community, email us at to be considered for an episode of MTV's True Life produced by Emmy-award winning Gigantic! Productions. Tell us why we should draft you and be sure to include your name, location, phone number and a recent picture of yourself.

    Posted by: Caitlin | Oct 11, 2013 5:25:45 PM

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