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Controversy Surrounds Screening Of Gay Teen Documentary in Russia - VIDEO

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A Russian television channel has created controversy surrounding the screening of a documentary about gay teens last month at the Pacific Meridians festival in Vladivostok, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to People's Patriotic Channel, despite the 18+ rating of the documentary Deti 404 (Children 404), tickets to the screening were sold to minors without a proper ID check.

404404 refers to an online forum for Russian-speaking LGBTQ teens and to an error message displayed on Russian computer screens when people attempt to navigate to a web page that doesn't exist. 

People's Patriotic Channel claims that the documentary violates Russia's "gay propaganda" law.

A screening of the film in St Petersburg last April was disrupted by Orthodox Christian activists and police.

The festival's organizers have said the theater is to blame for the incident but added that the inclusion of the film into one of the festival's sections was important as it deals with a major social issue.

Festival programming director Natalia Timofeyeva said “this film is very useful because we are striving for a tolerant society in which people who are different can also exist.”

Watch a trailer for Deti 404, AFTER THE JUMP...

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NEW MUSIC: Lionface, The Assist, SOAK, Aqualung, APES, SALES — LISTEN

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New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.

Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.

Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

Lionface: "Girl"

Lionface is Kat Marsh from Bristol in the UK and she makes what she calls Battle Pop which perfectly describes the aural assault of her latest track Girl.

With two fairly successful EPs under her belt - in the real world, not just on blogs - Lionface makes it clear on Girl that she's not taking any shit.

The video is all retro Streetfighter graphics, the song all boys-are-dicks pop punk noise.

Think Spice Girls with added balls.

 

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The-assistThe Assist: "The Assist"

The Assist is an indie rock act from Birmingham in the UK. Their first two songs Control and Speak It Aloud were fantastically chippy, sharp numbers for fans of old-school baggy Brit Pop.

Despite the swagger and promise of their earlier work, their eponymously titled official first single - released in October - is an unexpected gem and it's all about how damn good they are and their intention to take over the world.

 

Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hate Group World Congress Of Families Launches Petition Against Human Rights Campaign - VIDEO

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The World Congress of Families (WCF) has issued a petition demanding that Human Rights Campaign (HRC) stop its “hate-filled” attack on the listed hate group's important work of denying gay people their rights and spreading anti-gay bigotry around the world.

The WCF petition follows a September HRC report that exposed some of the most vitriolic activists in the U.S. promoting anti-gay bigotry abroad including Benjamin Bull, Peter La Barbera, Sharon Slater, Mat Staver, Robert Oscar Lopez, and of course the “work” of the WCF.

Despite the relentless and dangerous hatred spewed worldwide by these and other groups and individuals - stand up Scott Lively - the WCF petition demands that HRC be nicer in future and vows to continue its global anti-gay mission.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6ea1768970b-800wiRevealing that WCF and their ilk are actually the victims in all of this -  a common theme among anti-gay bigots - the petition argues that “the HRC’s hate report has helped make clear to the global community what is at stake, it has revealed that HRC and its allies view traditional religious views on sexual morality and marriage as ‘hate’, it has taken the mask off of the new face of cultural imperialism.”

Despite the WCF’s claims to have “consistently denounced hate and violence,” it is one of the most influential groups in the U.S. promoting and coordinating anti-LGBT bigotry, ideology and legislation abroad.

According to Ty Cobb, HRC Foundation’s director of Global Engagement, the WCF:

"Coordinates a dangerous group of activists spreading anti-LGBT rhetoric and promoting laws and policies that criminalize LGBT people and the speech of those who support them.

"They praise Vladimir Putin as the standard-bearer for traditional ‘family values’ and honored a Nigerian activist who claims LGBT advocates conspire with the terrorist group Boko Haram with a ‘Woman of the Year’ award.  

"Their advocacy abroad harms LGBT people from Russia to Nigeria and beyond.  Hate is not an American value, and we must expose and work to stop the World Congress of Families and their extremist allies.”

The WCF intends to bring its annual convention to Salt Lake City in 2015.

Read the HRC reports The Export Of Hate and watch a report on a protest outside a WCF conference in Melbourne, Australia, AFTER THE JUMP...

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MEXICO: 30,000 March Against Same-Sex Marriage In Coahuila - VIDEO

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Around 30,000 people have taken part in a protest against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Coahuila state, Mexico, reports SDGLN.com.

By a margin of 19-1, the Congress of Coahuila voted for marriage equality of September 1st. The new law, which alters more than 40 parts of the state's Civil Code, came into effect one week after the vote.

MarriageThe protest march in the capital city of Saltillo was organized by Casa de Rescate "Cristo Vive,” an evangelical group modeled on anti-gay religious groups in the U.S.

At the head of the march was a huge banner that read “Rescuing The Family.” Protesters were heard to chant “true love is found in mom and dad.”

According to El Universal, Casa de Rescate Pastor Carlos Pacheco quoted the usual, well-worn passages from the bible to condemn LGBT people and same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage is currently also legal in two other Mexican states, the Federal District (which includes Mexico city) and Quantana Roo. Coahuila borders the U.S. state of Texas.

Watch a Spanish language news clip on the legislation approving same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay Activist Mat Staver Is Not (Repeat, Not) Anti-Gay - VIDEO

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Wingnut Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver is very unhappy that he is perceived to be an anti-gay bigot, reports Right Wing Watch.

This is the same Liberty Counsel that has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the same Mat Staver who was listed by Human Rights Campaign in a new report that exposes some of the most vitriolic activists in the U.S. promoting anti-gay bigotry abroad.

Nonetheless, at this weekend's annual Values Voter Summit, organized by anti-gay bigots Family Research Council, Staver fumed over a letter sent by various civil rights and LGBT groups to Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, asking party members to not participate in the conference, citing the anti-gay extremism of its sponsors.

Liberty Counsel is among the hate-in’s sponsors but Staver is not very happy about being labeled an anti-gay extremist.

According to Staver, he is being attacked merely for believing marriage is “the union of one man and one woman."

"For me believing in something that is that obvious. I am considered by some groups to be a hater. But I hate no one. I hate no one, but I believe in God's truth and I will not be silent in the face of intimidation."

In an effort to prove that he is not an extremist, Staver goes on to liken himself to Jesus when he turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple.  With a flourish, he also declares that the very idea of same-sex marriage “is an absolute lie from the very pit of Hell” - and of course, dangerous to children.

But he’s not homophobic.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Liberty Council also hosted a panel discussion at the Values Voter Summit warning that the U.S. "nanny state" will soon start targeting anti-gay Christians for NSA surveillance.

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Anti-Gay Benham Brothers Compare Themselves to ISIS Beheading Victims - VIDEO

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Anti-gay wingnuts David and Jason Benham, the brothers who had a planned property development TV show cancelled because of their far right-wing views, have compared themselves to victims of terrorist group ISIS, reports Right Wing Watch.

Speaking at the rabidly homophobic Family Research Council’s annual Values Voter Summit last Friday night, the twin brothers argued that just as ISIS has beheaded victims, progressive groups like Right Wing Watch “silence” conservatives by quoting them verbatim.

Benham“There is a radical agenda that has come in our nation. The weapon of choice for the agenda in the Middle East is a sword, but the weapon of choice for the agenda in America is silence. They demand silence.”

The twins of course also drag out the tired old “gay agenda” argument and explain how god helped them to realise the reality behind the reasons for their firing.

Watch a short clip of the brothers' bizarre speech at the Values Voter Summit, AFTER THE JUMP...

In May, HGTV decided “not to move forward" with a new house-flipping show called Flip It Forward starring the Benhams. The network's move came after Right Wing Watch wrote a lengthy post exposing the Benham family's extreme anti-gay activism.

Last month, David Benham said that the battle to deny gay people their rights is really just a battle against a "parallel kingdom run by Satan." that seeks to "rob, kill, and destroy."

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