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IAAF Makes High Jumper Re-Paint Rainbow Nails

Red Nails

Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro recently caused quite a stir when she chose to sport rainbow-colored nails at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. The gesture was later copied by fellow Swedish athlete Moa Hjelmer and condemned by Russian pole vault gold medallist Yelena Isinbayeva. Now, after an "informal" warning from the IAAF, Green-Tregaro no longer sports the same festive-looking nail polish. They've since been repainted completely red. 

Anders Albertsson, general secretary of the Swedish Athletics Federation, confirmed to France 24 that:

"We have been informally approached by the IAAF saying that this is by definition, a breach of the regulations. We have informed our athletes about this. The code of conduct clearly states the rules do not allow any commercial or political statements during the competition."

Rainbow nailsAlbertsson claims that he did not pressure Green-Tregaro to repaint her nails, and that she chose to repaint them through her own volition. "If she knows she might be breaking the rules, that's a decision she takes, we don't have any objections on how they paint their fingernails," he said. 

Green-Tregaro also previously posted her rainbow nails on Instagram, in addition to posting a video explaining her gesture of LGBT rights advocacy. As of now, she has not done the same thing for her new nail polish. Nonetheless, she still joins the growing list of athletes who have made displays of LGBT advocacy both on and off of Russian soil. As that list continues to expand, eyes will be glued to Russia as the countdown continues toward the 2014 Winter Olympic Games taking place in SOchi this upcoming February. 

Crosswalk at Russian Embassy in Sweden Painted Rainbow Colors in Protest of Anti-Gay Laws: PHOTO


Here's what the crosswalk outside the Russian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden looks like today, via Street Art Utopia.

The Local reports:

Gay rights supporters have painted the zebra crossing outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm in the colours of the rainbow following angry exchanges during last week's Pride festival over the country's treatment of LGBT individuals. Stockholm police have been in regular contact with the Russian headquarters since the earlier manifestations but were unaware of the latest incident.

"We have no case on it but probably it is classed as vandalism or a violation of traffic regulations," Ulf Lindgren of Stockholm police told Dagens Nyheter.

He added that the police are not responsible for restoring the walkway to its regular pattern of black and white.

"Protesting is one thing, it has to be done. But this is wrong even if the objective is something else. It can affect people who are using the zebra crossing. There's a risk it can create danger for those using the crossing as they should look a certain way. It's confusing if they are different," added Lundgren.

On Saturday a group of naked men marched back and forth across the rainbow crossing outside the embassy. One of the group took pictures but it remains unclear if they are connected with the stunt.

Gay Former Swedish MP Attacked on Greek Vacation

Tasso Stafilidis, the first openly gay person elected to the Swedish parliament in 1998, was attacked while on vacation in Greece, eNet reports:

StafilidisStafilidis, who was accompanied by a friend, initially thought that the three masked men following them were going to rob them.

However, the black-clothed men started yelling homophobic insults at Stafilidis and his friend, calling them “dirty faggots”, and started punching and kicking them on the head and body. They then fled the scene without stealing anything from their victims.

The number of violent attacks on homosexuals has risen in Greece since the debt-crisis started three years ago.

In an article published in the Huffington Post a few months ago, gay-rights activists said that over the last year there is a clear increase in homophobic violence, stressing that the attacks follow the same patterns of Golden Dawn members' attacks against migrants. The neo-nazi party,  which won 18  seats in last June's parliamentary elections, is openly anti-gay.

Born to Greek parents, Stafilidis, who hadn't visited Greece in seven years, said he had already noticed a shift in attitudes before being attacked. “These things go hand-in-hand when a country's prosperity collapses. The crisis makes people susceptible to this kind of rhetoric and sentiment.”

Pro-Gay Swedish Mobile Ad Features Hockey Team Accepting a Player's Boyfriend: VIDEO


A new ad from the Swedish mobile carrier Halebop, which is geared at a youth market, features a pro-gay locker room confrontation.


Guy 1: "Miss you, Theo Ekenborg [name of a guy]"
Guy 1: "Who's that?"
Guy 2: "It's …"
Guy 2: "It's my boyfriend."
Guy 2: "We're celebrating our … one year anniversary"
Guy 1: "Congrats! One year, that's not easy"

In the end you hear another guy in the background saying "I know who it is. He's damn good looking"



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Horse Meat Found in Ikea's Swedish Meatballs

And horse meat continues its stampede into the world's food system:

MeatballThe Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms (1,675 pounds) of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves.

Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. Magnusson said meatballs from that batch were taken off the shelves in Ikea stores in all those countries. Other shipments of meatballs were not affected, she added.

However, the company's Swedish branch announced on its Facebook page that it won't sell or serve any meatballs at its stores in Sweden out of concern for "potential worries among our customers."

Swedish Cleaning Lady Steals Commuter Train, Plows it Into Apartment Building: VIDEO


A Swedish woman stole a commuter train and rammed it into the side of a building in a Stockholm suburb, injuring only herself in the process, the AP reports:

The motives of the woman, who worked for a company contracted to carry out cleaning for the train operator, were not immediately clear.

"We have only heard good things about her. We're investigating how this could happen, and why she did what she did," Hedenius said.

He said it's unclear how she got the keys to the train, but added that driving it is not that complicated.

Video of the aftermath, AFTER THE JUMP...

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