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amfAR Releases Statement on Death of Dr. Joep Lange and Others Killed in Malaysia Crash

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, released a statement to Towleroad reacting to the loss of Dr. Joep Lange, and other victims of the horrific shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine:

amfAR is saddened by the tragic and untimely loss of Dr. Joep Lange and many others who were en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, July 17.

LangeDr. Lange was a dear friend to amfAR and a skilled and dedicated AIDS researcher. He worked tirelessly to improve access to life-saving drugs in resource-limited countries, and pioneered the development of affordable combination therapies to treat HIV and simple antiretroviral drug treatments to prevent mother-to-child transmission. He was the head of the Department of Global Health at the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam and co-director of HIV-NAT (HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration).

Dr. Lange served as president of the International AIDS Society from 2002 to 2004 and was the founder of PharmAccess International, an organization dedicated to providing affordable access to quality healthcare in Africa.

Dr. Lange’s passing is a profound loss to the HIV/AIDS and global health community. All of us at amfAR extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of Dr. Lange and the other researchers and AIDS activists who lost their lives in the crash of flight MH17.

“Joep Lange was a towering presence in the fight against AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic and a wonderful friend, colleague, and teacher,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “He inspired legions of AIDS researchers, healthcare workers and activists and was an inspiration to me personally. He will be sorely missed.”

Media outlets have been reporting that possibly 100 participants in the 20th International AIDS Conference were killed in the incident.

Hillary Clinton Reacts to Shooting Down of Malaysia Airliner in Charlie Rose Interview: VIDEO


Hillary Clinton sat down with Charlie Rose today and offered her thoughts on the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Ukraine today, Mediaite reports:

She noted that the Ukrainian government has been quick to blame the crash on “terrorists,” which is “their name for the Russian insurgents.” Clinton agreed that it “probably had to be” Russian insurgents that brought the plane down, but would need forensic evidence to determine that for sure.

“If there is evidence pointing in that direction, the equipment had to come from Russia,” Clinton continued. “There is a great deal of concern that, not only was a civilian plane shot down, but what this means about the continuing conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the role that Russia is playing.”


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Neo-Nazis Attack Ukrainian Gay Club: VIDEO

Pomada Club attack

Just a few days ago Pride in Kyiv (or Kiev, if you prefer) was cancelled when city authorities cowardly backed out, stating that they wouldn't be able to provide protection for the marchers, despite being able to do so the year prior. The other evening a security camera for the gay night club Pomada captured why such protection is necessary.

A few patrons of the club are milling around outside, when suddenly they all rush inside just moments before a massive throng of Neo-Nazis rush to the door and try to force their way in, looking like a scene from 28 Days Later.

One patron didn't make it inside fast enough and was forced to flee with a few attackers in pursuit. The door eventually gets wrenched open and a few of the thugs make it inside, only to run out a few moments later. Reports stated that smoke bombs and firecrackers were thrown in, so presumably they fled once the mischief was done.

The video is unsettling, but you can watch it AFTER THE JUMP...

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Authorities Cancel March for Equality in Kiev, Ukraine

A March for Equality scheduled for Saturday was canceled after authorities said they could not provide adequate protection from marchers, Human Rights First reports:

UkraineDespite months of negotiation with LGBT activists, the Kyiv authorities today said they could not protect the March for Equality scheduled for tomorrow. Organizers told Human Rights First that the march was designed as an opportunity for Ukrainians to demonstrate unity and shared values. Kyiv's first equality march took place in 2013 with police protection, and local activists hoped that once the precedent had been set this year's march would be able to take place safely.

"Kyiv Mayor Klitschko's statement that 'this is not the right time for a celebration' is a huge disappointment. He should have a better understanding of what a demand for equality is. You can't have a hierarchy of human rights," said Olena Shevchenko, co-chair of the organizing committee of Kyiv 2014 Pride. "It seems like it's never really the right time for LGBT rights."

Kiev's first such march was held in May 2013 and faced similar concerns, but police stepped in at the last minute and provided security, arresting 13 for trying to disrupt the event.


Pro-Gay Ukranian Synth Pop Group Kazaky Serves Up 'Magic Pie': VIDEO


Your favorite Ukrainian stilletoed synth pop group Kazaky has returned with some “Magic Pie,” but the ingredients for their usual music video have changed.

For one, there's no stilettos in this video nor are there the muscular torsos so liberally sprinkled into their other videos. Also gone are their gender-fucked leather gear and hypnotically synchronized group choreography.

But fear not, “Magic Pie” still has lots of fun and flavor, including a woman working it in a steaming hot pie hat — yum yum!

Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP…


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Putin Says 'Gay Nazis' Are Responsible For Demonstrations In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using some not unfamiliar lingo to discuss the uprising in Ukraine:

PutinHe's even gone so far as labeling Kiev protesters who confronted the former pro-Russian regime in Ukraine "gay Nazis," says Matthew Schmidt, an assistant professor of national security and political science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

The gay Nazis label was simultaneously an attempt to tie the new pro-Europe camp in Kiev to the hated German Third Reich while also taking advantage of the growing acceptance of gay marriage in the West, particularly in the United States.

"Putin has said homosexuality is not our values, and that sense of tolerance of homosexuality is not part of Euroasia," said Schmidt, who will be in Ukraine monitoring the May 25 elections that are being overseen by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Euroasia is the name for the empire Schmidt believes Putin is trying to construct. Schmidt says Putin is driven by the goal of rebuilding a Euroasian empire with Moscow as its capital.

'Gay Nazis', as opposed to angry citizens who didn't appreciate part of their country being annexed by the authoritarian James Bond villain next door.

The uprising is instead due to the fact that most Ukrainians wish to remain Ukrainians, even the ethnically-Russian ones. Said Olena Nikolayenko, an assistant professor of political science at Fordham and native of Ukraine,

"Russia is an economically backward, authoritarian state. What can it offer for residents of eastern Ukraine, except higher pensions for the elderly and higher wages for the security apparatus to maintain the police state?"


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