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11/28/2014

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Has Arrived: VIDEO

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It's here. Sit back and enjoy. 

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Do Early Birds Really Get the Worm or Are Night Owls Built for Success? - VIDEO

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Whether you've been up and active for the past few hours or are still trying to sleep and recover from some late night Black Friday shopping, be sure to check out this ASAPScience video on early birds versus night owls.

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Russian Lawyer Assaulted For Defending Gay Rights Activist - VIDEO

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Vitaly Cherkasov, a Russian human rights lawyer employed to defend a gay rights activist, was attacked after leaving a St. Petersburg court, reports the Moscow Times.

Cherkasov was defending Kirill Kalugin (pictured above), who contested his detention for a one-man demonstration during Russia's Paratroopers Day celebrations on August 2nd. Kalugin was later attacked by a group of paratroopers taking part in the annual holiday for Russian airborne troops.

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Chekasov, a member of the Agora human rights group, said a group of men accosted him splashed him with an unidentified "corrosive, smelly liquid" that got on his hands, neck and clothes.

He later identified one of the assailants as Anatoly Artyukh, a conservative activist and aide to anti-gay St. Petersburg politician Vitaly Milonov. Milanov is currently drafting a bill to eradicate a loophole in Russia's same-sex marriage ban after lesbian couple Irina Shumilova and Alyona Fursova tied the knot earlier this month.

Although Milanov has denied Artyukh’s involvement, he said that "lawyers are scum and mercenaries who work for money" and suggested that Cherkasov and Kalugin should be exiled.

The court ruled that although police had acted legitimately by interrupting Kalugin’s demonstration, his continued detention at the police station was illegal.

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Posted Nov. 28,2014 at 9:25 AM EST by in Discrimination, Law - Gay, LGBT, Law Enforcement, Russia, Saint Petersburg | Permalink | Comments (3)


Bad Lip Reading Transforms 'The Hunger Games' Dystopia into Pop Music Madness: VIDEO

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Live from District 11 comes Katniss and Peeta's band Obsidiots playing their new song "Choo-Choo Go".

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And be sure to check out previous bad lip readings of American Idol, the NFL, and Game of Thrones.

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Uganda Awarded 2017 World Cross Country Championships Despite Fears Of Harsh New Anti-Gay Law - VIDEO

MuseveniDespite its severe anti-gay laws, Uganda has become the latest country to be awarded a major sporting event, reports Pink News.

Uganda last year passed a draconian anti-gay law which was eventually deemed to be unconstitutional. However, the African nation is expected to introduce an even more severe version of the law as a “Christmas gift” to the nation.

Uganda beat Bahrain - another no-go zone for gay people - to host the 2017 IAFF World Cross Country Championships.

It is expected that 700 athletes and hundreds of journalists will attend the event on March 23, 2017.

Of the decision to award the event to Uganda, sports minister Charles Bakkabulindi said:

“[President Yoweri Museveni] is passionate about athletics. He does not only receive all athletes whenever they shine but has gone a step further to give them a monthly stipend to motivate them. Not even football players get that." IAFF

The sporting world is making a habit of awarding international events to anti-gay nations of late. The 2017 and 2022 soccer World Cup has been awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively, despite both countries having controversial anti-gay laws.

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Finnish Parliament Votes 105-92 in Favor of Marriage Equality - VIDEO

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In a vote of 105-92, Finland’s Parliament today approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriages, reports Yle.

Parliamentary Speaker Eero Heinäluoma tightened security ahead of the vote, calling for calm on what has been a polarising subject both inside and outside the chamber. However there were no reports of disruptive behaviour - with one Yle correspondent describing the scene as having a Carnival-like atmosphere.

The reform will force wide-ranging changes in other legislation, which will take well over a year to finalise. The law will therefore not take effect until 2016 at the earliest.

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The Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee had recommended the bill be rejected, arguing that allowing same-sex marriage might make adoption from abroad more difficult, particularly from neighboring Russia. Previously, the Legal Affairs Committee had blocked the law on two occasions.

160,000 people signed a petition in favor of the legislation and a majority of party leaders - including National Coalition Prime Minister Alexander Stubb - signaled their support for same-sex marriage.

Finland is the last of the Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage.

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In July, the Archbishop of Finland’s Evangelical Lutheran Church apologized for the cruel treatment of gay people and other sexual minorities.

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