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HRC Launches 'Love Conquers Hate' Campaign in Support of Russia's LGBT Community: PHOTOS

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The Human Rights Campaign is looking to give Russia's LGBT Community a big boost of support leading up to the Sochi Olympic Games with the launch of its "Love Conquers Hate" solidarity campaign today.

Via press release:

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 3.07.37 PMParticipants will share a photo of themselves wearing the Russian-language version of HRC's iconic Love Conquers Hate t-shirt on their social media platforms with the hashtag #LoveConquersHate, encouraging their followers from around the world to do the same. Each photo that is shared with the campaign hashtag will be aggregated at www.loveconquershate.org. 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will go to a fund that supports LGBT advocates in Russia.

The campaign site also features a diverse group of prominent celebrities, athletes, and politicians who are speaking out in support of the LGBT community in Russia and against the country's homophobic laws. Participants include: Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Fergie, Kelly Osbourne, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, America Ferrera, Ricky Martin, Perez Hilton, Anthony Bourdain, Wentworth Miller, Tim Gunn, Jason Collins, and many others. 

Said HRC President Chad Griffin:

"Love and equality are universal values that aren't limited by language or national borders. We stand with Russia's LGBT community and their allies, and we are committed to doing as much as we possibly can to support their efforts to repeal this heinous law."

For more information on how you can join the cause, visit www.loveconquershate.org

And you can check out more celebrity photos of the campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEWS: Pope Francis, Glee, Marriage Equality, Leotards

RoadPope Francis calls 'Extraordinary Synod' on family and marriage: "For Francis, issues of family and marriage are the ones that require deeper interpretation given the signs of the times, and dedicating a synod to the topic suggests he wants to unify church teaching about them. When local church offices around the world make their own decisions about marriage and family—especially about serving communion to divorced and remarried Catholics—the global church as whole becomes divided."

RoadPippa Middleton flies afoul of animal rights activists.

RoadThe most adorable cat of the day. So far at least.

RoadTom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes. Once known for parts that saw him gain and lose a considerable amount of weight, Hanks told the BBC he no longer considers roles that require extreme weight gain out of concern for his health.

RoadRicky Martin and his boys look darling in Darling Harbor, Australia.

CoryRoadLeading up to Thursday's episode of Glee remembering Corey Monteith, the show has released full versions of the songs being performed which includes "Seasons of Love" from Rent, "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry and "I'll Stand By You" which Monteith himself performed in the show's first season.

RoadMale Model Fix: Francisco Lachowski

RoadFreedom to Marry offers up an excellent chart showing the 19 states where couples are suing for marriage equality.

RoadLeotard fashion update from the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships. And some nice biceps.

RoadDespite claiming to be "shell-shocked" after being trounced by President Obama, the Romney campaign's own internal polls showed Romney would lose, giving him only an 18% chance of winning.

RoadMonday Night's Dancing With The Stars saw a lot of male shirtlessness.

RoadMiss Piggy takes on Miley Cyrus and "Wrecking Ball." 

RoadLightCompared to adults in other developed countries, Americans are lagging behind according to a new study: "The study, perhaps the most detailed of its kind, shows that the well-documented pattern of several other countries surging past the United States in students’ test scores and young people’s college graduation rates corresponds to a skills gap, extending far beyond school. In the United States, young adults in particular fare poorly compared with their international competitors of the same ages — not just in math and technology, but also in literacy."

RoadThe Light Princess, a new musical with music and lyrics by Tori Amos, is now in previews at London's National Theater.

RoadIs the beard back?


Ricky Martin Writes Children's Book 'Santiago the Dreamer'

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Ricky Martin tweeted the cover to his first children's book, illustrated by Patricia Castelao, on Monday morning: "Exciting news! Here is the cover of my 1st children's book, out Nov 14th!"

Glasses_martinThe book's synopsis on Amazon.com:

When you reach for the moon…sometimes you land among the stars. Santiago’s biggest dream is to perform on stage.  But when he doesn’t get the lead role in the school play, he can’t help but doubt himself. Encouraged by his father’s inspiring words, Santiago rebuilds his confidence and finds that with passion and dedication, you can achieve amazing things beyond your wildest imagination. From international superstar Ricky Martin, comes a timeless story of a boy who follows his heart and a father who believes in his son’s boundless potential.

Martin has two 5-year-old twin sons, Matteo and Valentino.

(image via instagram)


Ricky Martin Posts Shocking Photo to Instagram

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Ricky Martin posted a photo to Instagram on Thursday of himself beaten and bloodied. Thankfully it was a #ThrowbackThursday shot from a Mas Tour video shoot.

Ricky Martin: 'I Used to Bully People Who I Knew Were Gay' — VIDEO

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Ricky Martin appears on the cover of this month's GQ Australia, and reveals in the magazine that being Roman Catholic, and in the closet, caused him to act out and bully gay people.

Said Martin:

"I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, I'm not like that, I don't want to be like that, that's not me. I was ashamed. When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith — my self-esteem was crushed. I took my anger out on those around me....I look back now and realise I would bully people who I knew were gay. I internalised homophobia," he added. "To realise that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that."

See three more shots from the issue and his newly-released video "Come With Me",
AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ricky Martin Calls Out Bigoted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) Over Racist Comments: VIDEO

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Singer and father of two Ricky Martin took to Twitter today to blast Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over his most recent racist statements in which he drew comparison between immigrants and dogs and claimed that for every one undocumented valedictorian, there are 100 undocumented drug smugglers

You may recall King is the same anti-LGBT member of Congress who said gays who want marriage rights are 'promoting the idea of desecrating the Eucharist,' and are a 'direct affront' to the Church

You can check out footage of King making the racist comments, AFTER THE JUMP...

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