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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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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.


President Obama Gets Big Cheer for Mention of Gay Rights in Berlin: VIDEO

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President Obama is in Berlin today and gave a major speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Though the speech was wide-ranging in what it covered, he received huge cheers at the mention of gay and lesbian rights.

Said Obama:

I'd suggest that peace with justice begins with the example we set here at home, for we know from our own histories that intolerance breeds injustice.  Whether it's based on race, or religion, gender or sexual orientation, we are stronger when all our people -- no matter who they are or what they look like -- are granted opportunity, and when our wives and our daughters have the same opportunities as our husbands and our sons.  (Applause.) 

When we respect the faiths practiced in our churches and synagogues, our mosques and our temples, we're more secure.  When we welcome the immigrant with his talents or her dreams, we are renewed.  (Applause.)  When we stand up for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and treat their love and their rights equally under the law, we defend our own liberty as well.  We are more free when all people can pursue their own happiness.  (Applause.)  And as long as walls exist in our hearts to separate us from those who don’t look like us, or think like us, or worship as we do, then we're going to have to work harder, together, to bring those walls of division down.

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Germany's Top Court Grants Tax Equality To Same-Sex Couples

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The Federal constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled today that treating civil unions and marriages differently for tax purposes is "unequal treatment because of sexual orientation," and thus violates the country's guarantee of equal rights for its citizens. The court saw right to the heart of the matter:

The court acknowledged that married couples enjoy special privileges because the partners also accept a strong responsibility for each other, including financial, but it argued that the civil union implies the same duties and responsibilities for gay partners.

As a result the court has ordered that the laws be amended retroactively back to 2001 when the civil union status was first introduced, and in turn the government has vowed to pass legislation by this fall to implement the court's decision. 

German citizens largely do not regard gay couples as a controversial issue which stands in stark contrast to the citizens of France, who have repsonded to the issue of gay marriage with protests, marches, and extreme instances of violence.

(via the AP)


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