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CNN Goes to a Gay Nightclub in Sochi: VIDEO


CNN speaks to gay locals in Sochi about the upcoming Olympics and what life is like in the Russian resort town and visits Cabaret Mayak, a gay nightclub which features drag shows.


In related news, ABC News went to Cabaret Mayak as well:

Behind a heavy, locked door, in a dark alley just off the beach promenade, Sochi's biggest gay club, Mayak Cabaret, is packed.

The owner, Andrei Tanichev, told ABC News recently that he's against an Olympic boycott. He also opposes a massive gay rights protests during the games, fearing the gay community will be blamed for ruining the event. Instead, he'd like to see athletes and fans show their support in more subtle ways.

"I think that expressions have to be positive. I don't know, maybe something symbolic. Maybe a kiss. Something positive," he said.

"I would like some athletes to come out – those who win, for example," he suggested, drawing comparisons to Jesse Owens' victories in the face of Nazi racism during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Tanichev says Russians consider gays to be "freaks or pedophiles," and therefore he hopes if a star athlete can come out of the closet, it might help break down crippling stereotypes.

"What is important for me as far as the Olympics are concerned and in general, is that when they show gays, that they are seen like ordinary citizens," he said. In fact, he would one day love to close his gay club and know that all people are welcome everywhere.

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  1. Rick:
    You are just talking about primitive men. Luckily some of us have evolved beyond the animal stage.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 21, 2013 1:42:52 AM

  2. Rick:
    What if I say I am an European. I don't watch football. That doesn't make me less "masculine". Equating watching football to masculinity is just absurd.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 21, 2013 1:53:40 AM

  3. I just find it funny Rick is contradicting himself. First he said masculinity of a man is nature. Then he contradicted himself by equating watching football to masculinity.
    It seems he doesn't understand that to like football is a social construct in only North America. A majority of other countries don't even have football.

    Posted by: simon | Dec 21, 2013 2:35:59 AM

  4. @spacecadet. when you accuse an opponent of secretly wishing to see drag queens go to the gas chamber, no reasonable person is going to consider you an intellectually honest person, but a bombthrower, and they'll discard your argument.

    you look like a hateful child. like many do these days on the pc left.

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 21, 2013 6:18:43 PM

  5. I think Rick's view of masculinity is that of a self-hating feminine gay man who desperately wants to be part of a club he wasn't born to.

    Just be yourself, Rick and stop worrying about everyone else!

    Posted by: Tristram | Dec 22, 2013 7:14:42 AM

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