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Gay Lithuanian Filmmaker And Activist Giving Away Nude Selfies To Fund Movie: VIDEO


Gay Lithuanian filmmaker and LGBT rights activist Romas Zabarauskas is taking a novel approach to generate interest in a Kickstarter for his latest film: giving donors nude selfies of himself. 

Says Zabarauskas of the human rights situation in Lithuania, "Lithuania is a tiny Eastern European country with approximately 3 million inhabitants. It’s a country of spectacular landscapes, a rapidly growing economy, and people who dream big. The bad news is that our politicians are increasingly pushing a homophobic agenda. Since 2010, a controversial Protection of Minors law, similar to Russia’s anti-gay legislation, has been in force."

YCELZabarauskas' previous films Porno Melodrama and We Will Riot took on homophobia, neo-nationalism and corruption. Zabarauskas is no stranger to controversy or fanfare. In 2013, he walked the red carpet at the Moscow Film Festival wearing a "Free Pussy Riot" t-shirt

Of his new film, You Can't Escape Lithuania, Zabarauskas adds, "The provocative campaign and the film will challenge the Lithuanian society and will bring up the important political context in crazy artistic ways." The film also seems to promise plenty of beefcake (see actor Adrian Escobar pictured right).

You can check out and support Zabarauskas's Kickstarter campaign, HERE.

And watch trailers for his previous works, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lithuanian Broadcasters Cite 'Family Values' Law in Refusal to Air Pro-LGBT Television Ad: VIDEO


An advertisement produced by LGBT rights organization LGL and featuring gay, lesbian, and allied couples will not be aired on Lithuanian television according to broadcasters. The ad depicts several couples living their day-to-day existence, seemingly happy; at the end, though, statistics paint a different picture of the LGBT experience in Lithuania. "61% LGBT persons in Lithuania feel discriminated against," it states, and still citizens are barred from viewing the video. The broadcasters, for their part, claim there is good reason behind the refusal to air LGL's ad.

Human Rights Campaign reports:

LithuaniaWhile the video itself does not contain anything provocative, commercial broadcasters fear that it may be in violation of the Law on the Protection of Minors Against the Detrimental Effect of Public Information. This law forbids information “which expresses contempt for family values, encourages the concept of entry into a marriage and creation of a family other than stipulated in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania.”

In an interview with Delfi, television representatives said the video raised some red flags because it spoke about various family models that differ from what is traditionally accepted. The video will now be reviewed by the Inspector of Journalist Ethics, though that could be a lengthy process.

The legislation in question sounds eerily similar to Russia's own anti-gay propaganda laws; we can only hope that the advertisement passes its review and that Lithuanians of all ages can see the positive message is represents. The likeliehood of approval is slim, however. Just last year an ad for Baltic Pride depicting a man whose shirt said, "For Family Diversity," was slapped with a mature rating and aired only after 11pm. 

Check out the sweet ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay Demonstrators Protest Lithuanian Pride Parade: Video

LithuaniaLithuania held its second ever gay pride parade today and, like the first one held three years ago, participants were met with anti-gay demonstrators. The protesters attempted to rush a stage that had been set up for pride but police in the capital city of Vilnius were able to keep them at bay.

The Associated Press reports:

They were met by hundreds of unruly protesters, 28 of whom were detained, police said. Among them was Petras Grazulis, an anti-gay lawmaker who rallied protesters with a bullhorn. He was thrown face-down on the ground and carried off in handcuffs by police, though the lawmaker soon reappeared at the protest after being released from police custody.

About 50 protesters tried to storm a concert stage where activists were to speak, but police forced them off. Protesters also threw eggs, hitting Lithuanian lawmaker Giedre Purvaneckiene and Sweden's European Union Affairs Minister Birgitta Ohlsson, who were standing at the front of the parade along with other dignitaries.

"It shows that we need to march until eggs aren't thrown anymore and people can march freely and without fear," said Purvaneckiene, who was not injured.

The parade, dubbed "the March for Equality," is only the second such event for Lithuania, a predominantly Catholic nation of 3 million people that activists say has not done enough to ensure gay, lesbian, and transgender rights.

Large segments of the population in Lithuania, along with other areas of the former Soviet Union, are opposed to the idea of equal rights for gay people.

Last week, an AFP article reported that the country's television broadcaster refused to air clips promoting pride during the day because they felt that the segments would "'promote same sex relationships,' which do not meet the constitutional definition of marriage as a union between man and woman."could be harmful to minors."

Watch video of police effectively push back the mob of anti-gay protesters, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Lithuanian Mayor Crushes Illegally Parked Cars with Tank: VIDEO


Arturas Zuokas, the mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, has a message for those who park their cars illegally: I will crush you.

The Irish Times reports:

Residents are reportedly tired of luxury car owners parking with impunity and have requested the local council do something about it. In a publicity stunt to reassure the public that the city authorities is addressing the issue, Arturas Zuokas jumped in an army troop carrier and drove over an old Mercedes-Benz S-Class that had been parked in a bus lane.

“I wanted to send a message” Mr Zuokas told the media. “I want to point out that if you have a car and more money it doesn’t mean that you can park it everywhere. Recently there’s been an increase in this type of parking violations, and it shows a lack of respect for others”.


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News: Razzies, DOMA, New Life, Truvada, Daniel Radcliffe, NASA

Road NYT: Must Presidents defend laws they don't like?

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RoadGuess who won the 2011 Razzies?

RoadDOMA trickle down: For first time in six-plus-year-history of 'Log Cabin Republican DADT case, the government files brief that does not argue that the military gay ban is Constitutional. "By not arguing merits of the constitutionality of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the government’s brief, by its silence on these issues, is effectively conceding that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was and is unconstitutional."

RoadDan Radcliffe's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying opens in previews.

RoadNew Life Church security guard who was hailed as a hero after church shooting in 2007 says she was told she was no longer welcome at the church after revealing her sexual orientation.

RoadHIV prevention pill Truvada hits snags: "Three months later, the advance has hit a wall. While study findings show the drug prevents HIV in non-infected, sexually active gay men, doctors say they’re wary about giving healthy people a $12,000-a-year medicine that has side effects that can include nausea and kidney damage, and may not be used as regularly as needed. They also say they’re not often asked to make the drug available for that use. "

RoadMadonna and Lourdes hit the Vanity Fair Oscar bash together.

Warmsands RoadNo evidence of Palm Springs boycott over police sting.

RoadWebsite that blamed the New Zealand earthquake on gay ski week is suspended by host: "Complaint calls and emails have flooded into the site's host over the past few days and despite Bluehost telling those who have expressed disgust that it could not take action without a court order, the site can not currently be viewed."

RoadLithuanian gay group barred from Human Rights meeting in Belarus.

RoadBelmont University recognizes first gay organization: "Bridge Builders, a group dedicated to opening talks on issues important to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, had tried twice before to gain official status on campus, only to be turned down. But when Belmont and openly gay soccer coach Lisa Howe parted ways in December, the controversy that followed pushed the student group's efforts center stage."

Sagat RoadAustralian film fest director fined for screening Bruce LaBruce's LA Zombie.

RoadProperty owner and gays in opposition over fence plans at Australian beach.

RoadWhy Ryan Gosling wasn't at the Oscars.

RoadMale model fix: Carson Parker.

RoadIn newly discovered system, two planets found sharing same orbit: "Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the discovery is confirmed, it would bolster a theory that Earth once shared its orbit with a Mars-sized body that later crashed into it, resulting in the moon's formation."

RoadNH House Committee to vote on same-sex marriage bills this week: "The Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday to decide whether to hold onto the bills until early next year or to recommend that the full House act on them by the end of March. The sponsors asked the committee to retain the bills so lawmakers can focus on fiscal issues."

News: Staten Island Ferry, Betty White, Mom Ink, Kristin Chenoweth

 road The same Staten Island ferry involved in a 2003 accident that killed 11 people crashed again today. 37 people were hurt. NYT: "The ferry was approaching the dock at normal speed, 5 knots (or 5.8 m.p.h.), when the pilots realized that they could not operate the ferry as usual. Ms. Sadik-Khan added that they had enough time for crew to warn passengers and begin moving people away from what would have been the chief point of impact — the front deck."

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 road More Betty White to whet your appetite for her appearance on SNL tonight. Watch her play beer pong with Jimmy Fallon.

 road Can anyone blame Jake Gyllenhaal for being "constantly shirtless" on the set of Prince of Persia?"

 road The perfect (and permanent) mother's day gift?

 road Chrstina Aguilera looking very much like Madonna circa 1992.

 road Racial attack? Video shows "two Seattle police officers kicking a man as he lay on the ground. The man was detained during a robbery investigation last month. The two officers have been reassigned as police conduct an investigation amid a firestorm of reaction."

 road Rihanna goes overboard with white tape.

 road A Lithuanian immigrant who has just been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the brutal murder of a gay man tries to take his own life.Nph3.img_assist_custom

 road Neil Patrick Harris picks his top 10 hottest guys. Number one shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. 

 road Kristin Chenoweth fights back against Newsweek article about openly gay actors playing heterosexual characters: "I know how much it means to young people struggling with their sexuality to see out & proud actors like Sean Hayes, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Cynthia Nixon succeeding in their work without having to keep their sexuality a secret. No one needs to see a bigoted, factually inaccurate article that tells people who deviate from heterosexual norms that they can’t be open about who they are and still achieve their dreams."


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