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Swedish Peacekeeping Group Trolls Putin With Underwater Neon Gay Sailor Message to Deter Russian Subs: VIDEO

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A Swedish peacekeeping group has a tantalizing new way of preventing armed conflict between Russia and Sweden and it involves gay sailors. 

CNET explains:

Last October, the Swedish government sent a squadron of troops and military equipment off their shore to hunt for what was suspected to be a Russian submarine lurking under their sovereign waters. A group called the The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) is concerned that this will lead the Swedish government to beef up its military, and wants to inspire people to consider alternatives.

At the end of April, SPAS said, the group deployed a gizmo called "The Singing Sailor." It's a waterproof box holding an electroluminescent sign and a continuous wave transmitter. The sign shows a neon sailor shaking his very tight tighty-whities (which they call the white flag) back and forth, along with the message: "Welcome to Sweden, Gay Since 1944" printed in Russian and English. 1944 is the year in which Sweden decriminalized homosexuality. The box also sends out a Morse code message via sonar that says: "This way if you are gay."

RT adds:

SailorSPAS says that the Singing Sailor is part of its contribution to an ongoing hot debate on shifting the country's “military resources into development and rethinking security.”

“The purpose of the Operation The Singing Sailor is to urge the Swedish government to think in new ways instead of falling back on territorial defense, conscription and rearmament – the world doesn’t need more weapons,” SPAS said in the press release.

One of the world’s oldest peace organization that prides itself with being associated with winning the Nobel Peace Prize, simply says that “in times of unrest, love and peace across boundaries is more important than ever.”

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Swedish Activists Use Gay Propaganda To Fend Off Russian Submarines: VIDEO

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Last year, reports surfaced of submarines being spotted on local radar off the coast of Sweden, leading some to believe these submarines were of Russian origin and evidence of planned Russian aggression against Sweden. Russia, after all, has taken a hawkish stance against its neighbors in recent years, most recently flexing its military muscles in Crimea. It was the news of these alleged Russian submarines that led the Swedish government to increase its military spending after years of budget cuts. Now, a group of Swedish activists known as the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) have launched a campaign intended to push back against this potential increased militarization.

To ward off Russian submarines that might wander into Swedish waters, the SPAS has created the 'Singing Sailor', a neon sign they submerged at the supposed spot of the submarine sightings. A new video from the SPAS shows the the sailor in all his glory, shirtless and dancing beneath the tides of the Baltic Sea. The sign, sure to ruffle the feather of any die-hard Putin loyalist, also reads, "Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944" (1944 is the year that homosexuality was decriminalized in Sweden). The 'Singing Sailor' also sends out a morse code message: "This way if you're gay."

The Washington Post reports:

The video is, of course, a not-so-subtle reference to Russia's treatment of its homosexual community, and the notorious "gay propaganda" laws that have sparked protest in Russia and beyond over the past few years. One of the laws sought to prohibit the education of children about "non-traditional sexual relations."

"If there is a submarine down there and there is a crew member who hears or sees the sailor, they are welcome to join us in the Pride Parade on August 1 in Stockholm," Daniel Holking, head of fundraising and communications at SPAS, said in a statement. "In times of unrest love and peace across borders is even more important than usual."

The "singing sailor" also carries an important domestic message. SPAS hopes it will serve as a reminder to the Swedish government that there are creative ways to deal with potential threats. "There are many modern examples in the world of how conflicts can be resolved without military intervention," Anna Ek, president of SPAS, said.

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WATCH: GoPro Camera Survives Dizzying 10,000 Foot Sky Dive Drop

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In September, a man hunting for fungi in a field in Gringelstad, Sweden came across a GoPro camera lying in a field; upon turning it on, he discovered dizzying video that the camera captured of itself falling 10,000 feet after it was kicked off the helmet of its owner by a fellow skydiver during mid descent reports Mashable. The camera survived the fall, leaving the memory card completely intact.

After watching the video, the man turned over the video to his son, journalist Kristoffer Orstadius with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, who posted the video to YouTube asking for the owner of the camera to come forward. A day after it was posted, Tobias Persson of Everod, Sweden claimed the camera belonged to him; Persson claimed the memory card, but he let Orstadius keep the camera.

Watch the camera footage as it plummets 10,000 feet, creating trippy, dizzying footage in the process, AFTER THE JUMP

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Sweden's Eurovision Entrant Claims Gay Sex Is 'Not Natural': VIDEO

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In the least gay decision in a prolific 60 year history, a singer who thinks gay sex is “not natural” has been selected to represent Sweden in this year's Eurovision, reports Pink News.

Måns Zelmerlöw (above left) was forced to apologize last year after saying “it isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another”. He also said that gay people should not have children.

Zelmerlöw later said in a statement:

“I want to apologize to all who take offense. I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.”

Hmmmm…someone doesn’t want to get booed off the stage in May but it’s probably too little too late.

Meanwhile, Australia is taking part this year to celebrate the gayfest’s 60th anniversary. Last year, 3 million Australians tuned in to watch Conchita Wurst win with “Rise Like A Phoenix.”

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Europe's Top Human Rights Court Waives Sterilization Requirement in Turkish Trans Man’s Gender Reassignment

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against the government of Turkey on Tuesday in favor of a trans man who was denied the right to gender reassignment surgery unless he agreed to undergo sterilization reports Buzzfeed:

 

The case began in 2005, when a Turkish court ruled that a trans man identified in court documents as Y.Y. could not undergo gender reassignment surgery because he was not infertile, a requirement for gender reassignment under Turkish law. He went to court rather than submit to medical sterilization. A Turkish court ultimately allowed him to move forward with gender reassignment in 2013, but the ECHR still heard his original challenge and awarded him damages of 7,500 euros in damages for the years he was unable to access gender reassignment surgery.

“The respect due to the physical integrity of the concerned party would be in opposition to his having to undergo” sterilization, the court ruled in a unanimous decision, and therefore a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, the treaty on which the ECHR’s authority is based. “The resulting interference in the claimant’s rights with respect to his private life cannot thus be said to have been ‘necessary’ in a democratic society.”

However, the ruling only addresses sterilization requirements, and it does not address other barriers impeding trans people from gender reassignment surgery such as having psychiatric professionals sign off on requests. 


Check Out This Swedish Cop Unleashing Some Impressive Dance Moves at Stockholm Pride: VIDEO

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Just in case you missed the Stockholm Pride video earlier this month that further proves Swedish cops really love getting their groove on

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