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Johnny Weir Retiring from Skating, Working as Analyst for NBC at Sochi Olympics: VIDEO

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Out gay figure skater Johnny Weir announced on the Today show this morning that he's retiring from the sport and taking a job for NBC as an Olympic correspondent at the Sochi Games.

Said Weir about going to anti-gay Russia: “While this law is a terrible thing that you can’t be gay publicly in Russia, I plan to be there in full support of our brothers and sisters there and not be afraid. If I get arrested, I get arrested. If not, not, great, but our presence is needed. For all the Olympians that worked so hard, a boycott is the worst thing you can do to these young people.”

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Weir  has described himself as a "true patriot and spokesman for their country" in past interviews and in September wore a Russian military outfit to an interview with Keith Olbermann in which he argued against Russian boycotts.

NbcsochiNBC has been facing heat since July over the anti-gay laws in Russia and the upcoming Olympics broadcast. They have said that they will wait to address the issue until the Games arrive.

"We'll address it at the time because it's still unfolding," said Lazarus, adding that the IOC has taken up the issue with the Russian government.  "The IOC has addressed it with the Russian government and has assured athletes, fans and media that there won't be any issues," he added. "Governments across the world have different laws. I don't know now it's going to [affect] us. If it is still their law and it is impacting any part of the Olympic Games we will make sure we are acknowledging it and recognizing it."

NBC also assured its gay employees of their safety in Sochi in a memo sent out in August.

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts was blasted with criticism last week for accepting a job in Russia as host of the Miss Universe pageant, a job that Bravo exec and host Andy Cohen turned down because of the country's anti-gay laws.

Roberts continues to be lambasted. Wrote Andrew Miller in the Huffington Post:

Thomas Roberts has become the next in a forming line of self-involved celebrities traveling to Russia to show Vladimir Putin how out and proud they are, or how supportive they are of their out-and-proud friends and relatives. Elton John, who will be concertizing in Moscow in December "to support Russian gays," is at the head of that queue. (Figure skater Johnny Weir, who was ready to get arrested at the Olympics in August, got, uh, cold feet in September and is staying home.)

Miller wrote his piece before Weir's announcement today.

Elton John recently announced he would play two concerts in Russia  because, "As a gay man, I can't leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don't know what's going to happen, but I've got to go."

He later said that he would not speak out against the government from the stage but preferred to meet with Russian leaders.

The real and unknown question remains — will any of these openly gay figures step up and make a difference (either with a major political statement or one that has a financial impact on LGBT members of society oppressed by the Putin regime) while they are in Russia, because it is really the only way any of them can justify making the trip.

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News: Neil Patrick Harris, Shia LaBeouf, Picasso, National Baking Week

Tweedle RoadNeil Patrick Harris and David Burtka up the adorable quotient, dressing the entire family in costumes from Alice in Wonderland for a Halloween party yesterday. The duo dressed up as Tweedledee and Tweedledum while daughter Harper went as Alice and son Gideon as the March Hare.

RoadShia LaBeouf tweets semi-full frontal still from upcoming flick, Charlie Countryman (possibly NSFW).

RoadWe're only hours away from marriage equality in New Jersey!

RoadSpeaker of the House John Boehner on why the government shutdown ensued, after he promised it wouldn't: "I got overrun, that’s what happened."

RoadIn San Francisco, two Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers were hit and killed by train one day after BART union workers went on strike.

RoadPicasso overload: 29 works by the famed Spanish painter hit the auction block at the same time.

RoadSuicide bombing in Baghdad kills 35, wounds 45.

QueerRoadBenedict Cumberbatch's WikiLeaks thriller The Fifth Estate bombed this weekend. Still, some might be interested in seeing Cumberbatch as a Disney prince. Any Disney prince.

RoadAs previously reported, Bravo's Andy Cohen will be hosting a ten year reunion of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy tonight. Will you be watching?

RoadWhite House brings in 'best and brightest' to help fix Obamacare website.

RoadBen Cohen's StandUp Foundation, an organization that works to eradicate bullying and advance equality, has a new line of t-shirts, hats and hoodies available for purchase.

RoadArchaeologists unearth pre-Viking age monuments in Sweden: "As archaeologists dug in preparation for a new railway line, they found traces of two rows of wooden pillars in Old Uppsala, an ancient pagan religious center. One stretched about 1,000 yards (1 kilometer) and the other was half as long. Archaeologist Lena Beronius-Jorpeland said the colonnades were likely from the 5th century but their purpose is unclear. She called it Sweden's largest Iron Age construction and said the geometrical structure is unique. Old Uppsala is known as a center for Norse religion, where believers gathered to sacrifice animals to gods such as Odin and Thor. The colonnades were found near a famous burial site where the three Iron Age kings Aun, Egil and Adils are believed to be buried."

UniRoadApparently it was national baking week in the UK. This seems like an appropriate way to commemorate the occasion.

RoadKaty Perry drops new lyric video for "Unconditionally."

RoadSandra Bullock demonstrates what commitment to your Halloween costume really looks like.

RoadBluegrass group Beef Seeds offers rousing rendition of Lorde's "Royals."


What Would Andy Cohen Do with a Guy Half His Age? - VIDEO

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While backstage on the bethenny talk show, Andy Cohen played a game of "Would You Ever?" and proved there are actually very few things that he wouldn't do.

Find out if a guy half his age is one of them, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Andy Cohen Says He's Not 'Bangin' Sean Avery: VIDEO

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A paparazzo from TMZ goaded Bravo's Andy Cohen outside Highline Stages in NYC last night about a gossip site's claims he's engaged to NHL star and LGBT ally Sean Avery.

Replied Cohen:

"Dude, Sean Avery is straight. Do you understand that? So a gay guy and a straight guy should be able to be friends without you asking me if we're engaged, right? Very, very straight. Listen, I'd be happy if Sean and I were bangin ... but it's not [happening]."

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The questioning has arisen following the publication of a pictorial narrative pieced together by gossip site The Fame Driven in early September, which posited that close friends Cohen and Avery were secretly engaged.

In related news, Cohen appears with another famous friend to whom he's not engaged, Sarah Jessica Parker, on the forthcoming premiere issue of the new quarterly glossy FourTwoNine, which hits newsstands on October 1st.

The new publication is edited by Kevin Sessums, a good friend of ours here at Towleroad and our former theatre critic.

The launch issue will feature articles by Salman Rushdie, Michael Cunningham, Amy Fine Collins, Carrie Rickey, Brendan Lemon, Steven Thrasher, Henry Alford, Mark Jacobs and Helen Eisenbach, along with three new poems by Mark Doty. Other contributors are photographers Ruven Afanador, Christian Witkin, Torkil Gudnason, and Stewart Shining as well as illustrator Robert Risko. Also appearing in the issue are artist David Hockney and artist and model Casey Legler.

We wish Sessums, who moved out to San Francisco to helm the magazine, the best of luck with it.

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Lady Gaga Gives Andy Cohen an 'ARTPOP' Makeover: VIDEO

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Lady Gaga appeared on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live last night and in a post-show web-only segment gave Cohen an 'ARTPOP' makeover (basically, dressed him up in drag).

Watch that (plus, the whole show in a clip - while it lasts), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Andy Cohen Turns Down Hosting Miss Universe In Moscow, Cites Russia's Anti-Gay Policies

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Coming on the heels of the recent anti-gay atrocities in Russia, Andy Cohen announced he will not be returning to his gig as co-host of the Miss Universe pageant in 2013 as the pageant is being held in Moscow for the first time ever.

E! News reports that Cohen, the popular host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and the glory that is every Bravo reunion, told two-time co-host Giuliana Rancic, that "he turned [the job] down because '[Russia's] discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit...The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested'...adding that he 'didn't feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.'"

Cohen has previously co-hosted the pageant in 2011 and 2012. The pageant is put on by the Miss Universe Organization which is co-owned by NBC Universal and Donald Trump.


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