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Founder Of Russian LGBT Teen Support Group Fined For Violating 'Gay Propaganda' Law

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The founder of Russia's version of the "It Gets Better" campaign has been fined 50,000 rubles for violating the country's "gay propaganda" law.

Journalist Elena Klimova (above), founder of the Children 440 group on the Russian social network VKontakte, was fined the equivalent of $775, BuzzFeed reports

Klimova launched the group shortly before Russia passed its anti-gay law in 2013. The name Children 404 is a reference to the “Page Not Found” online server error.

Most users who post photos on the site obscure their faces and include the message, "We exist." They also share stories and can interact with volunteer psychologists who offer counseling.

BuzzFeed reports on Thursday's hearing: 

LGBT activists said that Klimova’s lawyer could not attend today’s hearing for medical reasons and she was left without counsel when the judge declined to postpone the proceedings.

“Today the court has violated the article 48 of the Russian Constitution, according to which everyone shall be guaranteed the right to qualified legal assistance,” Maria Kozlovskaya, a lawyer with the Russian LGBT Network, said in a statement. “We are going to challenge this decision at all levels including the European Court on Human Rights.”

View photos from Children 404's Facebook page and watch a trailer for the film about the campaign, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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Patron In Critical Condition Following Attack On Gay Nightclub In Russia

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At least four people were injured in an attack last weekend on gay nightclub Fantom in Tolyatti, Russia, reports Buzzfeed.

Tolyatti RussiaAccording to activists, the attack left one person in a critical condition.

Anti-LGBT violence and harassment has increased dramatically in Russia since the country passed an anti-gay "propaganda" law in June 2013, and President Vladimir Putin's government isn't doing anything to stop it, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch

The club’s management has reportedly tried to downplay the incident as a run-of-the-mill bar fight with no connection to the LGBT community.

However, Gay Liberation Front Konstantin Golava said the attack may have been premeditated and has urged gay people to file police reports when they experience anti-LGBT violence:

“Gay people create a comfortable ghetto for themselves in clubs, one that seems safe to them. There’s nothing wrong with going out and having fun, but it’s also necessary to defend oneself and other LGBTQ people, defend your rights, and not grumble that activists are ‘embracing and provoking’ and that ‘our rights are not being violated.’”

Last month, a gay teacher in St. Petersburg lost her job after being outed to her superiors by homophobic activist Timur Isaev. Kharma beeing a bitch, Isaev has since been charged with a fine of 100,000 rubles (about $1,800) along with a two year stint in jail for embezzling money from a previous employer.


Homophobic Activist Gets His Comeuppance After Outing Slew of Russian Teachers

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Timur Isayev, an anti-gay Russian activist, is claiming responsibility for the public outing and subsequent firing of a lesbian teacher. The outed woman was a well liked special education educator who worked with children dealing with mental and physical disabilities. Isayev took to VK, one of Russia’s most popular social networks to publish in full the letter that he wrote to St. Petersburg Primary School No. 565, where the outed woman taught:

“It’s a crime to allow such teachers as [redacted] around children because communication with such teachers won’t teach children good behavior,” he wrote. “It won’t give them a well-rounded view of the world, and it won’t give them the ability to respect the family and Russian tradition.”

“A teacher who isn’t afraid to make faces at the camera and put the pictures up on the Internet already ruins the ethics and kind reputation of a teacher and dishonors the school where she teaches music.

And this teacher, [redacted], doesn’t only demonstrate her personal life, but she also puts up photos of sodomy on the internet, for everyone to see. [Redacted] shows up at school with lesbian attributes: rings on her big fingers and pinky fingers, other specific jewelry, dressed like a man, cutting her hair short, which can be a bad example for the behavior of children.”

Isayev boasts that he’s outed 29 other teachers in the past for their lifestyles all under the pretense of enforcing president Vladimir Putin’s draconian “gay propaganda” law. In an interesting twist of fate, however, Isayev’s homophobic zealotry seems to have come back to haunt him. In a number of the letters he sent outing people, he made the mistake of including his actual last name, Bulatov.

Bulatov, it turns out was under investigation for having embezzled money from a previous employer. Bulatov was initially charged with a fine of 100,000 rubles (about $1,800) along with a two year stint in jail. Previously he’d managed to avoid Russian authorities, though he was picked up and detained last week for some 18 hours.


Outsports names Tony Dungy 'A--hole Of The Year': VIDEO

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It takes a pretty big a--hole to beat out Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that's precisely what NFL-coach-turned-NBC-analyst Tony Dungy has done. 

In a year when Michael Sam was by far the No. 1 gay sports story, it's no surprise that the LGBT site Outsports has chosen as its "A--hole of the Year" one of Sam's biggest detractors. 

Outsports named Dungy (above left) "A--hole Of The Year" for his statement in July that he would not have drafted Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player — and for a subsequent attempt to cover up his homophobia by saying the statement was based on the fact that Sam's presence would be a distraction, not his sexual orientation. 

The deeply religious Dungy's attempted cover-up was pretty obvious given his record — which includes support for an anti-gay hate group in Indiana in 2007 and a tweet last year saying he didn't agree with openly gay NBA player Jason Collins' "lifestyle."

And Dungy's argument that Sam's presence would be a distraction seems awfully hypocritical — and that much more homophobic — in light of his previous support for other NFL players including dog-killer Michael Vick and wife-beater Ray Rice. 

All of which has continued to fuel speculation that Dungy's son, who committed suicide in 2005, was gay, according to Outsports' Cyd Ziegler: 

It's shameful that NBC continues to give this man a platform from which he can push LGBT athletes and youth deeper into the closet. ... 

People like Dungy are the worst part of sports: heralded for their "fatherly" position to some players and given a pass for creating a dynamic in sports where gay athletes are driven by fear. He needlessly gives Christians in sport a very bad name, and his designation of "father figure" in the NFL gives validity to the anti-gay beliefs of others.

Watch a video in which Ziegler plays Dungy's alter ego, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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Conchita Wurst Says She Wants to Spend a Week With Putin to Better 'Understand' Him

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In an interview with Austria's Kurier newspaper, Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst explained her desire to visit Russia and spend a week with Vladimir Putin in order to better "understand" him.

The Local Austria reports:

“What does it mean to be Vladimir Putin? What pressure is he under?” she wondered. “At the end of the day, Putin just wants to be respected. This desire for respect unites Putin with minorities.”

PutinWurst added, however, that whatever pressure Putin is under does not excuse his country's discriminatory laws and that she has many fans in Russia which to her is "incredibly beautiful because it shows that many Russians do not agree with the decisions of their government."

RT notes Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, "reportedly laughed off the possibility of a meeting between Wurst and the Russian president".

Check out Wurst's full (German language) interview with Kurier here.

Earlier this month, we reported Wurst would be returning to Eurovision Song Contest next year as a presenter and host. 


JibJab's Annual 'Year in Review' Tackles Putin, Ebola, Joan Rivers, Ice Buckets and More: VIDEO

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Kim Kardashian's butt, ISIS, Vladimir Putin, Ferguson, ebola, the ice bucket challenge and everything else that dominated the headlines in 2014.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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And be sure to check out last year's JibJab video (featuring the DOMA repeal) and 2011's (featuring the DADT repeal)

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