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04/19/2007


Gay Olympic Ski Jumper Won't Protest Russia's Anti-Gay Law: 'No One Cares'

Austrian veteran ski jumper Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who we neglected to include in the talley of openly gay Olympians we published last week, says she won't make any public protest of Russia's anti-gay laws, NZ Newswire reports:

Iraxhko-stolzThe openly gay athlete, who got married last autumn, dominated the women's second training on the normal hill, showing she was ready to grab a historic first Olympic gold.

"I don't think it's a good idea to make protests here, no one cares," said the 30-year-old, who added her partner's name -- Stolz -- to hers upon marriage.

"To jump pretty good is also a statement."

"I'm together with my partner now and don't have any problems, not in Russia or with the Austrian federation. Ten years ago it was different," she recalled.

"I know Russia will go and make the right steps in the future and we should give them time."


Anti-Gay Demonstrators in Sochi Identified as Americans

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On Friday we reported that Sports Illustrated had filmed some anti-gay demonstrators freely preaching against gays outside the Sochi train station with police standing idly by. At the same time in other places in Russia LGBT activists were being arrested and beaten.

The WSJ has identified the anti-gay protesters:

One of the three men in Sochi—Larry Craft from Rochester, N.Y.—said that earlier in the day, they had spent a few hours at the police station after their banner got them in trouble. It read, “God bless Putin for his stance on homosexuals.” He said that they were allowed to return to the sidewalk if they promised to put the banner away.

They didn’t reserve their ire exclusively for homosexuals. Mr. Craft explained that the three men were speaking out against everything from abortion and sex addiction, to atheism, drunkenness, and “church gossips.” His position was also laid out on his sweatshirt.

They're on their way to Mardi Gras in New Orleans after Sochi. Craft has been arrested in New Orleans.


American Bobsledder Johnny Quinn Busts Through Sochi Bathroom Door: PHOTO

American bobsledder Johnny Quinn had to bust out of a bathroom door in Sochi after being locked in.

QuinnTweeted Quinn: "...With no phone to call for help, I used my bobsled push training to break out. #SochiJailBreak"

He added: "I was taking a shower and the door got locked/jammed...."

Quinn spoke with the TODAY show:

"I started hitting it, and eventually saw daylight so I kept going until I could get out," Quinn said. And while his fellow teammates heard the ruckus, they didn’t think much of it.

"We were next door and we could hear some pounding and muffled noises, but we thought it was construction," said teammate Dallas Robinson.

It was Nick Cunningham who found Quinn, and after going to look for him he realized his teammate had left an hour earlier to take a quick shower.

“[Johnny] was literally in his towel and he had this stunned look on his face. I saw the door and it was like, really in the shape of a person who just ran through the door," Cunningham said.

Quinn was quick to point out he’s not considering the incident among the #Sochiproblems. “A door jam like this can happen anywhere,” he said.


Olympic Facts to Bend Your Brain: VIDEO

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The dry-erase board educators over at ASAPScience are gearing up for the Olympic season with a short special series on some "Amazing Olympic Facts." The first one covers the history of placement and medals, the meaning of the colors of the rings, the etymology of "gymnasium", and more interesting factoids.

The second looks at how bodies of Olympians have changed over the years.

The third will give you the odds of YOU becoming an Olympian.

For something Olympics-related which has nothing to do with arrests, oppression, corruption, failing infrastructure, or Putin, check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Chevrolet to Air Two Ads with Gay Families During Sochi Opening Ceremony: VIDEO

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Chevrolet will premiere two new ads which feature gay families tonight during the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, GLAAD reports:

Said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis: "Chevrolet has nailed it with ads that truly reflect the fabric of our nation, which today includes gay and lesbian families. Recent LGBT-inclusive ads like these not only raise the bar for the advertising industry, but also reflect the growing support and acceptance of LGBT people. It's about time my children were able to turn on the television and see families like their own represented in mainstream advertising."

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Writes GLAAD:

This first spot focuses on genuine moments between real families to show, per the ad's own narration that "while what it means to be a family hasn't changed, what a family looks like has." The second sixty-second spot takes a wider look at society through the lens of social media and includes both a gay couple and a nod to gay teen science prodigy, Jack Andraka.

Watch them both, AFTER THE JUMP...

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10 LGBT Activists Arrested in Sochi Protest in Moscow's Red Square: WATCH

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Earlier today we reported on the arrest of four LGBT activists protesting Sochi in St. Petersburg. Among them was Anastasia Smirnova, coordingator of a coalition of six Russian LGBT advocacy organizations.

Now, Russian media reports that 10 more LGBT activists have been arrested in Moscow: Elena Kostyuchenko, Anna Annenkov, Lynn Reid, Knicks Nemeni, Olga Mazurova, Gleb Warrior, Tarja Polyakova, Daria Starshinina and two Swedish nationals.

Watch video of the arrests, AFTER THE JUMP...

At least 23 people have been detained in Moscow, according to reports.

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