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'Very Liberal' Vladimir Putin Attacks Conchita Wurst

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Joining the revered company of religious wingnuts and reactionary politicians, Russian President Vladimir Putin is piling more hate onto Conchita Wurst for winning Eurovision 2014. Said Putin at a dinner in St. Petersburg:

The Bible talks about the two genders, man and woman, and the main purpose of union between them is to produce children. For us it is important to reaffirm traditional values.... I personally am very liberal (on matters of personal morality). People have the right to live their lives the way they want. But they should not be aggressive, or put it up for show.

It's a standard variation of the tired "stop rubbing it in our faces" argument, but the buried lede here is that Putin views himself as "very liberal." One has to wonder what qualifies as liberal in the mind of a man who compares gays to Nazis.


Putin Sanctioning Pro-Gay Obama Campaign Donors

The Daily Beast is reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expanded his secret “black list” of Americans banned from Russia to include both senior Congressmen and top Obama campaign fundraisers tied to the LGBT community.

Sources say the expansion was in retaliation to the Obama administration’s March sanctions on certain Russian officials over their involvement with the crisis in Ukraine. Among them was Yelena Mizulina, author of Russia’s ban on ‘gay propaganda.’

PutinDiplomatic sources confirmed to The Daily Beast that the expanded and still-secret Russian sanctions list includes five top Obama campaign bundlers as well as about a dozen top Senators and Congressmen who were not included in the first list. The names of the specific bundlers remains a secret, but a focus was put on those with ties to the gay and lesbian community; it’s a reflection of the ongoing fight between the Kremlin and the White House over Russia’s laws punishing the promotion of LGBT “propaganda.”

Because the Russian list is secret, the only way a bundler or lawmaker can determine if he or she is on the sanctions list is to apply for a visa to visit Russia. If the visa is rejected without explanation, the applicant is on the list. Early last year, well before the Ukraine crisis, Rep. Chris Smith discovered he was on Russia’s black list when he applied for a visa. Smith has been a harsh critic of Russia’s record on human rights.

Last week, the U.S. released a third list of Russian officials, businessmen, and institutions subject to sanctions


Madonna Thinks Vladimir Putin And Kale Are Gay, Just Like You

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While playing a word association game on Buzzfeed called "Madonna’s Opinion On 10 Completely Random Things," the Queen of Pop called kale and Russian President Vladimir Putin "gay."

Naturally some people are disappointed, especially considering the ad campaign discouraging people from using "That's so gay" as an insult and a study revealing that doing so harms young people


Bill Maher Tells Pussy Riot: Vladimir Putin Might Be Gay — VIDEO

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Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of  Russian protest group Pussy Riot sat down with Bill Maher last night, Mediaite reports:

The extended conversation, with translation help from Tolokonnikova’s husband Petr Verzilov, touched on a lot of issues, but one particularly funny moment call when Maher asked the group, “What is with the gay hate over there?”

“Vladimir Putin talks a lot about, ‘we’ve got to check the gays,’” Maher continued. “And in my experience, any time somebody talks a lot about how we have to get the gays in line, I mean, it turns out that they’re really gay themselves. I mean, every time I see a picture of Putin, he’s got his shirt off.”

“People think that that might be the case,” Alyokhina said to Maher’s genuine surprise. “So far we haven’t seen his active side of that, in that area.”

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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.   


Tilda Swinton: To Call Putin Russia's 'Gayest President Ever' is Offensive to the Gay Community

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Tilda Swinton, who showed solidarity with the gay community last July by standing in Red Square with a rainbow flag, is asked about that moment in a SXSW interview with The Daily Beast.

Says Swinton:

"Well, Russia has the gayest president ever. No, that’s an offensive thing to say—not to him, but to the gay community."

Swinton has some additional insights about gay people:

"Well, I think there’s something that gay people have. It is true that to pass through the transitions that gay people have to in order to come out to themselves, to their families when they’re quite young, it’s a grow-bag, isn’t it? And I think that very often, heterosexual people miss out on that. There’s a feeling of development and sometimes, heterosexual people have never had to go through that self-examination and just knowing themselves, and that sense of coming out, coming to your own defense, and being your own best advocate, and going, “No! I’m going to stand by myself and say this is who I am and you can all fuck off.” That is a wonderful transition to go through, and I suppose a lot of straight people miss out on that, and then maybe their relationship choices are potentially less examined. They could be lazier or less thoroughly thought-through."


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