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04/19/2007


Are Germany's Sochi Olympics Uniforms Pro-Gay Propaganda, or Just Ugly?

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The German publication Spiegel reports that Germany's extremely colorful Olympic uniforms for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games are being called out by many on social media as a silent protest against Russia's anti-gay laws.

Reports Spiegel:

The teams' hats have a stripe reminiscent of the German flag set in bright blue and red color schemes. The overall look is puffy and bright, or, as German daily Die Tageszeitung described it, "a cross between a pot-bellied pig and a parrot."

The uniforms were created by German designer Willy Bogner, in cooperation with Adidas and the shoe company Sioux. Bogner claims they were an homage to the aesthetics of the 1972 Munich Summer Games and said he wanted to create a "celebratory design, inspired by the great atmosphere of the times."...

But other commentators have seen a more explicitly political message in the uniforms. On Twitter, German users interpreted the uniforms "as a rainbow pattern" and as a "clear political statement." "Looks great, like a gay and lesbian pride parade," wrote one user. "Extremely hideous -- but a well-intentioned move supporting the rights of gays and lesbians," wrote another. The official description, which claims the outfits "were created using colors and materials specially tailored to the conditions in Sochi" seemed to, in ambiguous fashion, support that interpretation.

Others are reportedly mocking them as a tribute to Apple's iOS 7 operating system.

The German Olympic Sports Confederation denies those theories:

The DOSB spokesperson, Christian Klaue, told Die Tageszeitung that "the uniforms are not a protest," and said that the designs had been finalized before the Russia protests had even begun. Michael Vesper, general director of the DOSB, said, "This is just a fashionable jacket.

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New German Video Encourages You To 'Open Your Mouth' About Russian Homophobia: VIDEO

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As athletes and politicians around the world begin to weigh in on Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Germany has found its own voice. A new video, directed by Anja Victoria Gerber, spreads a message of love and tolerance and encourages German citizens to speak up and speak out against the homophobic laws. The video, titled 'Open Your Mouth - Germany Against Homophobia,' corresponds with the Enough is Enough-Open Your Mouth campaign which is hosting an August 31st demonstration in Berlin.

Visit Enough is Enough-Open Your Mouth's website to read about the protest, make donations, and buy a t-shirt for the campaign.  

And check out the inspiring and poignant video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ben & Jerry's Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Russian Law On Facebook

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With many Olympics corporate sponsors choosing to stay silent on the issue of Russia's draconian anti-gay "propaganda" law, it's nice to see that not every company out there is afraid to speak out on behalf of LGBT Equality. Ben & Jerry's posted an image on its German Facebook page yesterday, expressing its disdain for Russian president Vladimir Putin and his anti-gay law. 

Berlin-pride-gay-russia-protest-1The caption, which reads "Mr Putin, tear down this law!", of course alludes to the famous quote by President Ronald Reagan: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!", which marked the fall of the Berlin Wall. The image and caption come from a protest sign held by demonstrators during this year's Pride Parade in Berlin. The company, which is based in Vermont and owned by the multi-national Unilever corporation, has not yet posted anything similar on any of its English-language sites. That said, the photo still remains on the page approximately 24 hours later. Had the image been due to a prank or hack, it would have almost certainly been taken down by now. 

This is not the first time Ben & Jerry's has expressed its support of the LGBT community. The ice cream company has previously released two flavors to celebrate same-sex marriage: "Hubby Hubby" in the United States and "Apple-y Ever After" in the U.K. The company's chief executive, Walt Freese, told Queer.de that the company has supported equal rights “from the very beginning of our 30 year history.” The company has also scored a perfect 100 out of 100 on the HRC's 2013 Corporate Equality Index


News: New Zealand, Glenn Greenwald, Katy Perry, Madonna

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Glenn6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner detained and questioned under terrorism act at Heathrow Airport. Said Greenwald: "To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ."

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6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Listen to audio from an interview with Katy Perry and anti-gay Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott: "Let's talk about gay marriage...That's right. Love is equal.'"

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6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Third gender option on German birth certificates: "A new German law stipulates that children who are born of indeterminate gender no longer have to be categorized as 'male"' or 'female.' Instead, parents can choose to leave the space blank on their child's birth certificate, according to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. Those individuals can eventually decide whether to identify as male, female or neither."

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Chris Pine takes a coffee break.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Benedict Cumberbatch believes documenting the crisis in Egypt is more important than photographing a movie shoot.

6a00d8341c730253ef019104c9523d970c Gay wedding only shop opens in the UK: "We played around with the idea and thought there was a massive gap in the market for same sex marriages."


Hungry Bear Steals Entire Dumpster, Picks Up German Food To-Go: VIDEO

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Bears are powerful animals that catch and hunt all sorts of food in the wild. But sometimes, after a long week, all you want is takeout. That was seemingly one hungry bear's attitude early Wednesday morning in Colorado Springs. She didn't stop at a styrofoam box of goodies, though; she took the whole dumpster.

The Denver Post reports:

A hungry bear with a hankering for German food has made repeat visits to a Colorado Springs restaurant, where security cameras have caught the bruin Dumpster-diving.

During a Wednesday morning visit to the back door of the Edelweiss Restaurant, 34. E. Ramona Ave., the bear pushed the garbage bin about 50 feet into the parking lot, flipped the container over and opened the lid to eat food tossed the night before.

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"There's some fresh, really good food" attracting the bear, Edelweiss manager Dieter Schnakenberg. "She passes up the recycling bin and goes right for the good stuff."

The restaurant is beginning to think of measures to secure the dumpster, including chaining it down or installing a locking lid mechanism. If the bear returns repeatedly, the Coloardo Parks and Wildlife division will likely get involved. 

Watch this industrious bear put her brain and claws to good use, AFTER THE JUMP...

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German Football Club St. Pauli Puts Rainbow Flag on Permanent Display in Anti-Homophobia Statement

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The German football club St. Pauli made a groundbreaking statement against homophobia last Thursday when it decided to raise the rainbow flag permanently in its stadium.

CNN reports:

"The club has been active for many years against homophobia and discrimination," St. Pauli's vice-president Gernot Stenger told the club website. "With this flag we are giving this highly visible sign that these issues have great importance at St. Pauli and we are working hard on them."

A member of the club's gay and lesbian fan club, Dirk Brullau, backed the initiative and said it would be a "quantum leap for the football world" if a Bundesliga team followed suit.

Hamburg's St. Pauli, which enjoys a cult following due to the skull and crossbones shown on the flag of its supporters, plays in Germany's second tier.


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