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04/19/2007


Russian Group Tries To Ban Lesbian Film 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour'

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Moscow's anti-gay group, the League of Safe Internet (LBI), has reported the lesbian film Blue Is the Warmest Colour to local prosecutors and the Russian ministry of culture for violating the Russian law banning "gay propaganda.” If LBI succeeds the film would have its license issued by the culture ministry revoked, prohibiting its distribution through TV and home video.

LBI executive director Denis Davydov told Russian daily Izvestia:

"The film has plenty of overtly pornographic scenes, which take up most of the screen time… [Two] women are engaged in lesbian sex, one of whom is a 15-year-old girl. The fact that the actress who plays her is over 18 doesn't matter. She could as well be 40. The audience views her as a minor."

The Guardian reports that even though Blue Is the Warmest Colour was:

“a critical hit at this year's Cannes film festival, where it became the first example of a Palme d'Or being awarded to both the director and its two lead actors… Julie Maroh, author of the award-winning 2010 graphic novel on which the film is based, described Kechiche's drama as "ridiculous" and branded it "porn”… [and] also expressed disappointment at the absence of lesbian actors from the adaptation.”


Obama Denounces Russia for 'Targeting' Gays in Speech to EU: VIDEO

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In a speech on Wednesday at the Palais Des Beaux-Arts in Brussels after talks with EU and NATO leaders on Russia's military backed annexation of Crimea, President Obama gave a speech about taking a stand against Russia, part of which mentioned Russia's attitude toward gay rights, CNN reports:

In making the case for a united stand against what he characterized as Russian aggression, Obama borrowed from the language that helped win him the White House for a second term.

"We believe in human dignity - that every person is created equal, no matter who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you come from," he said.

Later, Obama reiterated criticism of Russian intolerance spawned by a law passed before the Sochi Olympics that outlawed promoting gay rights to children.

Western ideals and values of openness and tolerance would endure long past repression, he argued.

"Instead of targeting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, we can use our laws to protect their rights," he said. "Instead of defining ourselves in opposition to others, we can affirm the aspirations that we hold in common. That's what will make America strong. That's what will make Europe strong. That's what makes us who we are."

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Melissa Etheridge's 'Uprising Of Love' Helps Fight Russian Homophobia: VIDEO

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This week, lesbian singer Melissa Etheridge released a video for her song "Uprising of Love," which uses footage of demonstrations and anti-gay violence in Russia to encourage people to rise up against intolerance.

The video was released to help promote UprisingOfLove.org, a website dedicated to raising awareness about Russia's anti-gay "propaganda" law. All proceeds of Etheridge's new song will go to the Russia Freedom Fund, “a U.S. tax-deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBTI movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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American Anti-gay Group Cancels Family Conference in Russia over Crimea Tension

KremlinThe World Congress of Families, a virulently anti-gay umbrella organization that includes the American Family Association, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, and NOM, has announced that it will be suspending its upcoming family summit in Moscow due to travel and logistical concerns related to “the situation in the Ukraine and Crimea.”

Right Wing Watch reports that the Brian Brown and Scott Lively-approved summit came under increased scrutiny after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine earlier this month.

WCF’s press release, however, makes it clear that the group still stands behind Russian president Vladimir Putin’s crackdown on LGBT people.

Wcf logoThe foregoing is not meant to reflect negatively on the Russian people, churches or individuals who have taken a leadership role in the fight to preserve life, marriage, and the natural family at home and as part of the international pro-family movement.

We are proud of the accomplishments of our Russian Partners, and applaud the moves of the Russian people, through their elected representatives, to protect life, the family and the innocence of children. At a time when Western governments are moving backward to a pagan worldview, Russia has taken a leadership role to advance the natural family.

Complicating things further for WCF is the fact that Yelena Mizulina, the architect of Russia’s gay propaganda ban and one of the primary organizers of the summit, was among those sanctioned by President Obama for interfering with Ukrainian sovereignty.   


Violent Russian Thugs Mistake St. Patrick's Flashmob For Pro-Gay Demonstration, Beat Them Up: VIDEO


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Last Monday in Irkutsk, a group of Russian thugs beat up some language school students participating in a St. Patrick's Day-themed flashmob incorrectly thinking that they were pro-gay demonstrators.

According to law enforcement representatives who spoke with iAfrica.com:

"On Sunday evening, members of Easy School held a St Patrick's Day flashmob in the mall. Some youths came up to them and expressed displeasure at the proceedings. A conflict took place that grew into a fight on the square outside the mall... The Easy School members were wearing historic costumes, particularly kilts and their opponents mistook them for representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation."

A teacher in the flashmob apparently recieved a mild concussion — no word on arrests. Just another example of how Russia's anti-gay law (and all such laws in general) hurt gay and non-gay people alike.

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Billy Graham's Son Praises Putin's Stance On Gay Issues

Franklin_grahamIn the March 14 issue of Decision Magazine, Franklin Graham — the evangelical spawn of anti-gay preacher Billy Graham — praised Russia's law against homosexual propaganda, stating:

"Putin is right on (gay) issues... he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.

"Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue – protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda – Russia’s standard is higher than our own?

"It's obvious that President Obama and his administration are pushing the gay-lesbian agenda in America today and have sold themselves completely to that which is contrary to God's teaching... 

"Our president and his attorney general have turned their backs on God and His standards, and many in the Congress are following the administration's lead. This is shameful."

Graham makes sure to say however, "I am not endorsing President Putin," although he certainly shares Putin's equivocation of homosexuality and pedophilia.

One should also note that Decision Magazine is owned by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association which Franklin Graham heads.

Previously, Graham said that gays can't make a family due to "different plumbing" and wished that someone like Jerry Falwell would come back and resurrect The Moral Majority. MSNBC host Chris Matthews has also said that he would never have Graham on his show because "he tells hateful lies."


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