Russia’s Putin signs draconian anti-gay law banning speech, rainbows, holding hands

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law yesterday one of the most draconian anti-gay laws on the planet.

The new law, coming only seven months before Russia is to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi, would ban anything considered pro-gay, from gay-affirmative speech, to gays holding hands in public, to even wearing rainbow suspenders.

Russian police detain a gay rights activist during an attempt to hold the unauthorized gay pride parade on May 28, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. kojoku /

Russian police detain a gay rights activist during an attempt to hold the unauthorized gay pride parade on May 28, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. kojoku /

The law also contains a provision permitting the government to arrest and detain gay, or pro-gay, foreigners for up to 14 days before they would then be expelled from the country.  That provision ought to send chills to anyone gay, lesbians, bisexual or transgender who is planning to attend or participate in the Winter Olympics.

It is now literally illegal in Russia to say that you are gay.  It is illegal to kiss your partner in public – say, after you win a gold medal.  It is illegal for a gay athlete to wear the rainbow flag.  Or even to acknowledge during an interview that they are gay – or for the foreign press to acknowledge it – unless they mention that gay sexual orientation in a negative way.

Russian police attack gay protesters outside the State Duma today. (A href="!">Video by Dmitry Zykov)

Russian police attack gay protesters outside the State Duma today. (Video by Dmitry Zykov)

Then there’s the seemingly officially-sanctioned violence against gay, bisexual and trans people in Russia.  It’s been made clear for years now that Russian government will turn a blind eye towards anti-gay violence, and many have alleged that the Russian government is actually behind such violence.  Will gay Olympic athletes and gay Olympic fans be targeted for violence while in Russia?  No one knows.

What we do know is that the International Olympic Committee’s response to the growing threat of violence against gay athletes and gay Olympics fans has been rather anemic to date.  The IOC’s response has been so weak that Human Rights Watch recently sent the Olympic Committee a rather scathing letter demanding that the IOC take action to enforce their own charter, which bans discrimination.

What can we do? For starters, cities like Los Angeles, Quebec and Paris should drop, or suspend, their Sister City relationships with Russian cities.

More importantly, anyone thinking of attending the Olympics in Russia, a country that appears to be sinking fast into its old authoritarian ways, should stay home.  In fact, Russian gays living in the US, but originally from Russia, are calling for a boycott of the Sochi games:

“LGBT people in Russia are scared, they live in fear, and we want people to be aware of the issue. If they feel strongly about human rights they should boycott the Olympics in Sochi,” said Nina Long, co-president of RUSA LGBT, a Russian-speaking LGBT organization based in New York.

“We really want the LGBT community to know it’s unsafe to travel there,” she said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Enjoy the Olympics in Sochi. It should be a real kick.

Russian anti-gay thugs kick an LGBT rights activist. (Photo by Ilya Varlamov, with permission)

Young Russian anti-gay thugs kick an LGBT rights activist. (Photo by Ilya Varlamov, with permission)

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193 Responses to “Russia’s Putin signs draconian anti-gay law banning speech, rainbows, holding hands”

  1. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    The discussion has to be about defining one’s sexuality. Is having my husband’s picture on my desk at work defining my sexuality? When fellow workers ask what I did over the weekend, am I obliged to change the pronouns for my companion from masculine to feminine? When I return from a business trip and my husband picks me up at the airport, should I have to wait until we are in the car before giving him a peck.

    Actually, publicly defining our sexuality has been necessary to move our cause ahead politically. We just had a general election in Minnesota. The electorate voted against adding an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. One of the main reasons behind the vote was the general population realized they knew many LGBs personally. That was a result of us defining our sexuality for all to see. Coming out was a political move.

  2. Moderator3 says:

    It’s not as simple as you seem to think. There was another comment that had to be deleted. I also read through all his past posts on other blogs. Since he gave his name, I did a google search. He was a man with an ax to grind. He made the same accusations over and over. This would be the wrong place to make such unsubstantiated claims.

    Please decide if you are going to post as Jon or J.

  3. Jon says:

    Isn’t it just a little bit ironic to ban a gay for his speech on an article where you criticize Russia for doing the same thing? Isn’t that hypocrisy?

    Is it just that you dislike his viewpoint so you ban it? He was just saying that people shouldn’t define themselves by their sexuality, as so many homosexuals seem to do. It skews your life dramatically and makes you see everything thru a certain lens and it also invites criticism. Especially when you consider gays are never not more than 3% of the population (excluding bi-curious), it may be better NOT to draw so much attention to themselves, because the rest of the population is disgusted by what they do. Many gay pride parades that were too sexual in nature actually had the opposite effect of what was intended and turned people into anti-gay activists.

    i.e. I know one whose children saw it and it was scarring and embittered the person. There is a movement within the gay pride parade groups to moderate it for example and try to make it family friendly instead of overtly sexual in nature.

  4. Moderator3 says:

    You are banned. Another of your posts has been deleted. You should be aware that all of your previous posts, here and elsewhere, are available for all to see. You are pretending to be something you are not.

  5. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Let me see if I understand you correctly. You believe it’s perfectly okay for a male athlete to kiss his wife after winning, but another male athlete may not kiss his husband. Taking this out of the context of the Olympics, does that mean my neighbor at work may keep a picture of his wife on his desk, but I may not have a picture of my husband.

  6. Craig Hill Phd says:

    Here’s a little hint on how we gays can avoid being discriminated against in Russia. SHUT UP ABOUT YOUR SEXUALITY. If you want acceptance and tolerance, wake up to the fact that heterosexuals do NOT put EVERYTHING in the context of their “sexuality”. Their sexuality is NOT the defining characteristic of their personality and personhood. There is no reason whatsoever for an athlete’s sexuality to even be RELEVANT to the discussion. Shut up and play whatever game or sport you’re there for and then go home like the heterosexual athletes do. If you want to be “normal” then quit acting ABNORMAL by constantly reminding everyone who you prefer to sleep with.

  7. Craig Hill Phd says:

    LGBT civil rights activists for the last twenty years, Carol and Mike Balasa have been involved with Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PGLAG) since just after their daughter came out to them in 1992. They have marched in Pride parades, participated in a PFLAG Speakers Bureau, helped start several PFLAG chapters, lobbied political leaders, organized protests in support of same-sex marriage, and they were charter members of the first LGBT Parent Teacher Associations.

    Thanks to the help from Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, Senator Dianne Feinstein and our Mayor and city council, we Gay HIV positive Men of Palm Springs California have had zero problem keeping the Crystal Meth flowing in from our Desert Borders from Mexico. We sell it at the Gay Men’s Crystal Meth Sex Resorts in town and at the Desert AIDS Project Housing complex. Its been going on nearly as long as HIV and AIDS and the main weapon in aiding everyone using it HIV positive to fuel the 30 year epidemic destroying our American Health care system. Our Society was not created for this constant destructive financial draw caused by over the border drug dealing and 30+ year AIDS epidemic.

    A special Thank you going out to Eric Holder for supplying the 2,000 assault weapons to the Mexican drug cartel so we can continue to get our Crystal Meth. You are a true LGBT American. Who cares that 70,000 Mexican civilians and a US border patrol agent died from the use of those weapons we Gays got what we wanted and that is all that counts. Or is it?

    And a very special thanks to President Bill Clinton for creating “don’t ask don’t tell” which we have used to the best of our abilities. Bill and Hillary, you are true LGBT supporters just like Mike and Carol what will we do without you?…

  8. Chi says:

    This is fucking ridiculous.

  9. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Since google apparently doesn’t work in Canada, here you go:

    BTW – the number of states that have marriage equality is 13, but among those states are some states with a large populace. As you state that nearly 50% of the population opposes the DOMA ruling, then it should be obvious that more than 50% supports it.

  10. Mark says:

    Oh, yes, here we go with the Holocaust; next Putin and Hitler will be interchangeable, I suppose. Show me the law. Show me where it spells out what is considered “gay propaganda”. I could save you the trouble because I know it does not, and nobody knows what is going to be interpreted as “gay propaganda” because nobody has been yet charged under the new law. Which is to say no case law on it exists yet, no precedent. But it will be an education for you if you look it up yourself.

    The explanatory notes which follow the text of the law are at pains to spell out that transgressors of the law will be those who represent homosexuality to minor children as a behavioral norm. That will be those who direct at minor children (16 and under) advertising or educational material which presents homosexuality as “natural and normal”, as I have seen it so defended elsewhere. It is neither of those; if homosexuality is the normal human condition, what are the 87% or so who are heterosexual? Abnormal? You can’t have two normal states at the same time. Similarly, some try to present it as “natural” because homosexuality exists in the animal kingdom. So? Such behavior typically occurs in animals in situations where there are not enough of the opposite gender to ensure everyone gets a mate. Humans have that environment, too; it’s called “prison”.

    Homosexuality is natural to the extent that children are naturally born with an attraction to their own sex. This is not something they can help, obviously, and it occurs frequently enough that the substantial group it makes up in society must be tolerated, accepted and allowed to live without fear for its physical well-being or property. The extent to which homosexuals are liked and appreciated by their fellows who do not share their orientation should be based on their individual overall likeability, their contributions to society and their own efforts to get along, and should have nothing whatever to do with their sexuality. Homosexuality must be tolerated and accepted because homosexuals are humans and homosexual by birth, but there is no particular reason it should be celebrated in a fashion that demands all of society celebrate with it.

    Show me where “homosexuals are incompatible with life” is official Russian state policy. It is you who are ignorant, because that is not official policy in Russia. I daresay such opinions and perhaps worse have been expressed in polls and surveys, because homosexuality is unpopular in Russia. It is, however, perfectly legal. Homosexuality is sufficiently unpopular also in the United States that gay couples may marry in only a few states, and the striking down of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which held that marriage could be defined only as a union of man and woman was opposed by nearly 50% of the population. I hope you will not confuse the whipping up of outrage against Russia and calls for an Olympic boycott as a great upsurge in support for gay rights, because it is not. It is merely getting even for Edward Snowden in the only way the western democracies can think of to do it, as they have wanted to boycott Sochi ever since the Olympic decision was announced. After 2014, that ersatz support will melt away unless you use this moment to press for reform in your own country and get it signed on the dotted line.

  11. RRuin says:

    Mark, you are dead wrong. Anything, a rainbow flag, tee shirt, saying you’re gay is called pro gay propaganda.
    You do understand that the Russian State “news” station has called homosexuals incompatible with life? You’re ignorance of what’s going on in Russia is too reminiscent of the reaction of too many Americans to the unbelieving reaction to the lead up to the Holocaust. You sound just like them insisting it’s not so bad. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Putin is gearing up for a new holocaust.

  12. RRuin says:

    What an unspeakable horror it is to see people agreeing with the new Hitler, the new Stalin, PUTIN! Take a bow idiots. You’re worshiping a vicious man who will do anything to stay in power. Shame on you for your ignorance and your bigotry. How about this. If you think Putin is such a great leader why not go live in Russia and find out what oppression feels like.

  13. Mark says:

    Under the age of 16, actually; the legal age of consent in Russia for sexual activity whether gay or straight is 16.

  14. Mark says:

    Could you please provide a link to the text of the law? I’d be interested to see it, because there is no law anywhere in the Russian Federation that says it is illegal to be gay, to wear rainbow suspenders, to wear the rainbow flag or to mention in an interview that you are gay. The law says you cannot represent homosexuality as a behavioral norm to minor children, which are those aged 16 years and younger. You can ride through a crowd of 17-year-olds on a rainbow skateboard wearing nothing but a rainbow Speedo, and it is not against the law. Not unless you’re in a building or venue which prohibits riding skateboards.

    There is a good deal of effort being bent toward whipping the gay community into a righteous fury of denial so they can be used as a club to beat Russia, or to increase the calls for a boycott which would deny American athletes the opportunity to compete in events for which they have trained for years. And most of it is founded on misrepresentations or deliberate falsehoods about what the law actually says. You can make rational arguments over how it might be interpreted, but in that case the European Court of Human Rights would deal with the complaint. But it does not say that it is illegal to be gay, and homosexuality was legal in Russia for 10 years before it was in the USA.

  15. Crystal Nelson says:

    If you want to help with the boycott and learn more what is happening Russia. Watch this video, sign the petitions in the video box.

  16. Beef-Wellington says:

    Oh really? Homosexuals choose to be gay?
    Can you give me some links, evidence, and citations on that? Because this is news to me. After all, it is your burden of proof, since you made such a claim.

    And why is it a “filthy life style”? I don’t see anything immoral about two people of the same sex, loving and caring for each other. Give me one good logical reason.

  17. Gigi Vai says:

    Don’t you f***king DARE compare that filthy lifestyle with being black!!!
    Black people DO NOT CHOOSE their skin color! That argument is so fallacious and illogical. Of course, you homosexuals will use pseudo-science to disprove that people are not born gay.

  18. Gigi Vai says:

    Hmmm…and who’ll know if they’re homosexual??? I guess they’ll engage in public sodomy or kiss in public. NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW!!

  19. Gigi Vai says:

    Hate? WTF are you talking about nitwit? Is it hate that I despise a PERVERSE “lifestyle” that goes against nature and the biological compatibility??? Homosexuality is repulsive!
    Get a grip, twit???

  20. Gigi Vai says:

    I applaud a country that tells these radical, pink-gestapo “bone smokers” to go to hell…you won’t get your way here!

  21. Gigi Vai says:

    I agree, I like Putin. He’s his own man and he’ll be DAMNED if ANYONE dictates to him how his country will operate. I can respect that IN-YOUR-FACE HONESTY!!

  22. Earl Hickey says:

    I agree with Putin – gays are perverts
    I’m so sick of gay shit going on in America – these gays undermine the family values! Not to mention AIDS and drugs that go hand in hand with gay!

  23. Going_green says:

    Actually America promotes the gay lifestyle, See Rosie O’donnel, Ellen Degeneres,Anderson Cooper. We make them heroes in amercia. But then again we promote murder, rape, and all thing immoral in Hollywood and america.

  24. Going_green says:

    SO your saying him and Obama have a lot in common? both silencing the media, and people that go against him?

  25. Going_green says:

    I’m starting to like this Putin guy. : ) At least you know wear he stands unlike the lies and cover up coming out of our government.

  26. You R Stooping says:

    Oh, so its OK if China hosts it, they KILL the gays there. Not to meantion the people against the government.

  27. Igoryok Kusovlfa says:

    Crammed down ever straight persons throat, oh I get it.

    Long live Mother Russia and long live Putin!

  28. Crystal Nelson says:

    I couldn’t find your post where you said “crystal the minority of the people think its ok to be nude anywhere in
    public what if congress passed legislation and signed by the president
    stating it is lawful to be nude in any public forum place or city
    because they are a minority and their rights need to be protected….
    how about that dear? any thoughts swirling around up there? currious”

    You make no sense and you got to be stupid with capital S. Just because few gay people like to walk around naked doesn’t mean ALL of them do that. If you are going to get mad about some stupid gay people that have no common decency why don’t you get mad about some straight people who like be naked and have no common decency. Yet again what are you talking about what if Obama put a law saying it’s ok to be naked. What does being allow to be nude out in publice got do with rights for everyone in Russia. Do not change and twist things around just to make common sense to something you don’t understand clearly. What the gays are fighting for and not just gays in Russia but everyone is FREEDOM to be gay, FREEDOM to hate government, FREEDOM to speech.

  29. ttrea says:

    I don’t except your premise that perversion falls under the human rights protection as all forms of sodomy are debasing to any country and will lead to its ultimate demise…AKA ROME:D

  30. ttrea says:

    crystal the minority of the people think its ok to be nude anywhere in public what if congress passed legislation and signed by the president stating it is lawful to be nude in any public forum place or city because they are a minority and their rights need to be protected…. how about that dear? any thoughts swirling around up there? currious

  31. ttrea says:

    they hate perversion in any form as I most certaintly do and that does not mean they hate the person committing those perverted acts……. they hate the act of perversion itself! get it? there is a difference sweetheart…and further more the rights of the majority of the people of Russia and their freedom from open public acts of sodomy are upheld…a big victory for the Russian people!

  32. ttrea says:

    murders and child molesters are a minority lol ….perhaps you need to get a grip

  33. ttrea says:

    hey crystal I got news for you at one time not many years ago you could be jailed and or fined in America for committing acts of sodomy and in America you retain all your rights until you break the law and are convicted and jailed then you loose some rights until sentence is fulfilled so you see your comparison to Hitler and what he did to the Jews is without merit!!! what Russia passed is a law and the laws we use to have in America are a much more fair comparison :D…man where did kids go to school at ? I wonder….so sad……….pity

  34. ttrea says:

    Good Point! tyranny disguises itself in many different forms

  35. ttrea says:

    that’s right! end of story:D

  36. ttrea says:

    I agree with that very much!!!

  37. ttrea says:

    well I for one do not except your premise ‘of a book of stories’ you see there is true God who is invisible and who made ADAM and EVE not ADAM AND STEVE…….does not nature itself teach you it is wrong????

  38. ttrea says:

    that’s right and if they don’t want their gay children taken away then said children need to change their ways or back into closet just like the good old days:D

  39. ttrea says:

    could not have put it any better:D

  40. ttrea says:

    I believe in liberty but not freedom to commit open acts of gross perversion…you do not have the liberty to take another persons life, to perform sexual acts on minor children….I mean following your logic we should legalize everything and make liberty an open ended …. do whatever you want law! hey and homosexuality does hurt our country greatly and is an offense to the majority…:D

  41. ttrea says:

    my hat’s off to Mr. Putin its about time! now we need sleepy America to wake up and see the evil she does against herself for allowing such gross filthy acts of perversion to prevail in our land……..”NATURE ITSELF TEAHES YOU THAT IT IS WRONG” END OF STORY

  42. Guy in America says:

    You seem to be very ignorant !…what defines a “REAL” family, your book of stories with a invisible “God” !?

  43. Rasly says:

    yes fucking up Olympics for everyone will surely make homophiles more popular (huge irony right there)

  44. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:


  45. Naja pallida says:

    Putting human rights up for a popular vote does not make a country more free.

  46. Guy_in_Kingston says:

    NO…..have you not been following the news. PUSHING the gay agenda is illegal. Gay propaganda is illegal. There have always been gay people. You can’t peddle the nonsense to children or people on the street.

  47. Guy_in_Kingston says:

    Russia, most of Asia, Muslim Countries……there are FEW Countries that acccept gay rights. Even the American people voted against it….over and over again. It only became legal because the Court went against the wishes os the American people. What country is communist now? Perhaps I should ask Mao-bama.

  48. Guy_in_Kingston says:

    Perhaps the US should just stay home…….when you visit other countries you follow the HOSTS rules. When in Rome……is ya don’t like it stay home.

  49. Guy_in_Kingston says:

    NO, but gay couples can not adopt. Putin and THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE agreed that children need a mother and father.

  50. Guy_in_Kingston says:

    The People of Russia agree with him on this issue. Children are better off with a REAL family.

  51. Guy_in_Kingston says:

    Putin has taken the position of most of the Russian people on this one. Lets keep in mind that EVERY STATE where this was put to a vote, it failed. Only to have the Court overrule the people’s wishes. Seems America is more of a Communist dictatorship then Russia lately.

  52. Guy_in_Kingston says:

    Well if people don’t want to participate in the Olympics they can stay home.

  53. Gunluvr says:

    I believe that I should not have to socialize or live with people with whom I fundamentally don’t agree with. I could care less about who’s sleeping with whom but I don’t want such a lifestyle pushed onto children in public schools like in California.

  54. beancrisp says:

    Why don’t you believe in individual liberty?

  55. Gunluvr says:

    I wish we had the wherewithal to deal with them like the Russians do. Put all of em’ back into the closet and or gulag where they should be. Corrupting our young people and tempting them into perversions. Way to go Russians, you got it right.

  56. accosta says:

    Reminds me of that one movie….V

  57. JustPassingBy says:

    Don’t listen, that’s just another hoax! The only thing the Russian government is actually trying to ban is the gay propaganda among the people under the age of 18

  58. helloFromRussia says:

    Well, this is not true. Actually, ONLY gay propaganda aimed for people under 18 is forbidden.

  59. Brandon Witt says:

    Here is a petition dealing with the Russian Olympics, please feel free to sign if you feel that you can support it.

  60. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    How will gay parents have their children taken away? Has another law passed?

  61. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I am concerned about the gay Olympians. They could be in danger.

  62. Gay parents are now under threat of having their children (biological or not) taken away from them. Putin is a monster & those Russian people with a conscience should condemn what he is doing in order to gain votes from a backward people who still beleive there’s a giant invisible man in the sky.

  63. Somebody with a brain says:

    People need to get real. Just cause two guys poke each other up the butt doesn’t mean they are some special class of citizen that needs special rights just for them. YOU’RE STICKING YOUR DICK IN A DIRTY ASSHOLE. My god what has happened to the United States? The promotion of homosexuality is immoral. There is a simple test for immorality. Ask yourself “what if everybody did it?” What would the world be like. That can be applied to any question of morality. If the answer is “a better place” then the act is moral. If the answer is that the human race would go extinct then the act is immoral. Pull your brainwashed head out of your wallered out ass and realize what you are actually talking about when you say “gay rights”.

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  65. Stepper says:

    Shame. Another black dude showing an ignorant and completely out-of-scale fear of gayness.
    So sad that your bullshit macho youth “culture” is in such denial, and so ironic that you point so much fear and hatred at other groups considering the history of your own people’s persecution.
    Time to grow up and join the 21st century.
    Some of your favourite sports stars, rappers, actors etc are GAY. But it’s cretins like you who make them stay in the closet. So much so that some are even in showbiz marriages to maintain the front of being straight to their narrow-minded audiences.
    Maybe it’s tied in to the sheeplike and infantile following of retarded religious teachings.
    Stop trolling and be a man.

  66. g0vt_h00ker says:

    Shows you have no idea what goes on there

  67. John says:

    Thats how a president should be not like a fucking pussy puppet.

  68. Don says:

    idiot, USA has no moral standing. They do mass murder on Muslims for giggles and kicks, profit and politics.

  69. Beef-Wellington says:

    But remember how we got here.
    Remember a time when blacks were lynched or gays were harassed in the U.S? How did we get from that, to what we are now? Was it pressure from other nations, or was it our own peaceful and gradual shift of opinion and thought?

    Also, while the U.S is still open minded about gays, it still violates human rights abuses. (Examples include, its support of the Gaza occupation, targeted assassinations and bomb dropping across the middle east, continuation of its use of torture, its support for violent coups in South America and Africa, exploiting habitats and indigenous communities for natural resources, etc)

  70. Crystal Nelson says:

    Russia’s anti gay law is nothing compare to some right to marry. Gays here are protected, they can speak their mind, they can hold parades and the people in the US are more open minded about gays, some might not like them, but in America we don’t oppress them, or send them to jail for being who they are. We have laws against hate, in Russia they have none and if they do, it only apply to people who Putin sees fit. Gays have more rights in America than they do in RUssia.

  71. Crystal Nelson says:

    Russia can keep their stupid laws, that oppress the people, but they don’t need a nice thing as the Olympics. I am not here to change the minds of many mindless Russians that under Putin Nazi spell, I am here to boycott the games from Russia, the games need to be moved somewhere safer. Not in dangerous countries,

  72. Crystal Nelson says:

    I think you don’t understand, that Putin is blaming the gays for the fault of Russia, everything that has gone bad in Russia is because of the gays in Putin’s mind. He using this, because he knows a lot people don’t like him. And this anti gay law is not little law “Can we marry in your state.” It’s a lot worst than that. This anti gay law takes ALL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS away from anyone who is gay or appear to be gay. Also Putin puts everyday people in jail for speaking out against him. This is oppression. Wearing a rainbow will get you thrown in jail and fine. Putin doing what Hitler did to the Jews. If gays had rights in Russia, they be protected, they wouldn’t be viewed as criminals, nor would they be thrown in jail for speaking their mind. Putin knows if he can take away the people’s right to free speech they have no power against him.

  73. Beef-Wellington says:

    But don’t you see a hypocrisy in all this?

    The U.S has plenty of discrimination and human rights abuses, but the other nations who opposite it, don’t boycott us in anyway. Maybe we should solve our own human rights violations here, instead of being self-righteous towards other nations.

    Boycotting will also just not work at this point too. It will just makes the other side angry, and they will not suddenly be convinced that gay-rights exists, because the westerners demands it so.

    Before we can boycott, what we need to do is to shape the public opinion of Russia. Currently, 85% of Russians strongly oppose gay marriage. They’re like us 20-30 years ago.
    If we want Russia to get rid of this anti-gay law that was unanimously passed, we should first finish our fight for gay-rights here, and popularize it to the rest of the world in a peaceful manner. Eventually, Russia and the other more conservative nations will catch on.

  74. Crystal Nelson says:

    Oh yes it does! They are hosting the games and their Anti gay law is a law outlawing and discriminating on a certain group they have violated many human rights, those of gays and the those of their own country man. By supporting the games, you, the world is saying what they are doing is all right, and you are supporting their corrupt agenda, many groups are trying to boycott the games there. Some for the anti gay law, others for the violated of human rights upon Russians and immigrant workers, whom they don’t pay. (There also a group of Russians they are trying to boycott the games as well. Do you know the Olympics stadiums are being built by immigrant workers, who have had their rights taken away. Working 1.85 an hour or no pay at all. 150-200 workers live in one room family house. The government promises them pay, but don’t pay them. This whole Olympic games is funding by criminals. We need to stop having games in dangerous countries that have disregard for human rights that go against the IOC’s rules. Sochi is in war zone. Having the games there isn’t safe and why should Russia have nice thing like the games, when they have put gay athletes in fear, it’s not going to be fun if many of them get put into to jail for looking, acting, gay, or doing something that breaks the law, because the laws are written so vauge that anything could put them in jail.

  75. Beef-Wellington says:

    I’m strongly against Russia’s war on gay-rights, but not boycotting the games does not automatically mean one supports their hatred.

    For example, when I use Shell Oil gas, I doesn’t mean I support their coup in Nigeria. Or when I use a Verizon phone, it doesn’t mean I support their spying. Or when I ride on a Boeing plane, it doesn’t mean I support drone attacks or dropping bombs overseas.

    Just because you don’t boycott a country or product, doesn’t make you a supporter of their causes.

  76. Crystal Nelson says:

    Did you read my comment correctly?

  77. Sharon says:

    Outright murder? Do you really think LGBT in Russia won’t be attacked or killed? You’re under-estimating the power laws hold over society. The law’s tell them what’s acceptable and unacceptable and in this case the law is telling the people of Russia that gays are worthless and you can bash on them all you like. In fact, bashing them will be doing us a favour! Think about it…

  78. Sharon says:

    Are you serious? Putin is a dictator. His entire career is based on corruption

  79. Sharon says:

    A study found that people who are grossed out by two men kissing and not two women means one of two things:

    1. They’re uncomfortable because they have same-sex desires they deny and are forced to confront them resulting in a knee-jerk reaction of “ewwwwwwwww go away”
    2. The lack of men kissing in the street and on the media has made it so the image is so rare and uncommon, you’re subconsciously repulsed because you aren’t used to it and have never really been exposed to it (not your fault)

    So the only reason you’re grossed out is because people like you have forced us to stay in the shadows. Once the masses are desensitised to same-sex love then things will begin to change

  80. Sharon says:

    Uh, the only reason your ‘friends’ don’t talk about these kind of things is because they foolishly mistake your desire to have all LGBT people locked in a closet, swept under the rug, marginalised and silenced as a reasonable desire. Sorry, but we will shove it down your throat all we like. Why? Because Heterosexualty is relentlessly shoved down our throats, so I think you can deal with a few gay people who refuse to be invisible.

  81. Sharon says:

    Attackit and oppressing a minority is hardly freedom of speech. Get a grip!

  82. nevernine says:

    holding someone’s hand you love is indecent?

  83. nevernine says:

    that is not the point.

  84. Terry Beswick says:

    There is no way the U.S. should be participating in the Winter Olympics in Russia. BOYCOTT ALL OLYMPICS SPONSORS UNTIL THE U.S. WITHDRAWS!!!

  85. Naja pallida says:

    Not sure I recall anyone kissing Putin’s ass… and I always figured him to be heavily manscaped, as to not have a hairy ass. Maybe I’ve put way too much thought into it.

  86. Naja pallida says:

    What happened to freedom of speech? Russia just made it illegal there.

  87. Sunshine01 says:

    Not everyone has to be for gay right movement. What happen to the freedom of speech?? If Russia does not approve of Gay right so be it. Its not about supporting hate its about everyone and every country has a right to what they will allow and not allow.

  88. Crystal Nelson says:

    What????????!!!!!!!!! I am conservative and I don’t have problem with gay people. You think all conservative are the same, and they are not.

  89. Crystal Nelson says:

    unpopular I mean

  90. Crystal Nelson says:

    Putin is very popular in Russia. I he puts people away for speaking against him, it doesn’t matter if they are gay or not.

  91. Crystal Nelson says:

    Putin is like Hitler, he doesn’t care. Putin doesn’t like people who speak against him, it doesn’t matter if they gay or not. So you must really hate freedoms and rights.

  92. Crystal Nelson says:

    You make no sense and I am straight and I am conservative, and I am all for banning the games in Russia. Everyone should have rights and freedoms. How would you like if all the US thought you were a disease for being white or black? It’s the same thing. Gay people are normal as you and I. Why are you so concern how they have sex? Are you saying you are some sort of pervert? Are you so insecure with yourself?????? You make no sense.

  93. Crystal Nelson says:

    What the hell, I am straight, and this does not make any sense. I agree people should art decent in public, doesn’t matter if they are gay or not. But to think that all gay people have no morals or deceive is stupid. If a gay guy was sucking his cock, why didn’t he push him away? He must have liked it.

  94. Crystal Nelson says:

    If you had tickets to the games I suggest you don’t go and don’t support, by supporting you are supporting their hate.

  95. I think I read about you on the Onion, and about your problem of having homosexuality always crammed down your throat. Yep, here it is:,10861/

    I’ve got nothing against homosexuals. Let them be free to do their gay thing in peace, I say. But when they start sucking my cock, then I’ve got a real problem.

    Then there was the time I was hiking through the woods and came across a rugged-looking, blond-haired man in his early 30s. He seemed straight enough to me while we were bathing in that mountain stream, but, before you know it, he’s sucking my cock!

    What is it with these homos? Can’t they control their sexual urges? Aren’t there enough gay cocks out there for them to suck on without them having to target normal people like me?

    Believe me, I have no interest in getting my cock sucked by some queer. But try telling that to the guy at the beach club. Or the one at the video store. Or the one who catered my wedding. Or any of the countless other homos who’ve come on to me recently. All of them sucked my cock, and there was nothing I could do to stop them.

    I tell you, when a homosexual is sucking your cock, a lot of strange thoughts go through your head: How the hell did this happen? Where did this fairy ever get the idea that I was gay? And where did he get those fantastic boots?

  96. Sweetie says:

    It’s clear from your comment that you don’t know Rachmaninov’s music very well. There’s a reason why his unrevised second piano sonata is the go-to piece for piano competitions and has been since Horowitz got every judge to rise in his final examination.

    Stravinsky doesn’t count for American music, either.

  97. dcinsider says:

    You are probably right.

  98. dcinsider says:

    LOL. He’d be Senator Putin from the great state of Alabama.

  99. dcinsider says:

    The problem is gay athletes want to compete like everyone else, and don’t want politics to take away something they have worked so hard for.

    Not to mention they are all closeted. It’s the winter Olympics, and I am unaware of any winter Olympian who is out, other than the figure skaters.

  100. gfburke says:


  101. John McMillan says:

    You have no idea what the word “tyranny” means (obviously). And you get “creeped the fuck out” when you see certain people kissing? Sad. You definitely have a few hangups about people you don’t understand. World Elite? Puppets and sheep? wtf are you talking about? You should channel that creativity into something more satisfying, maybe a hobby. Or keep taking the meds…

  102. John McMillan says:

    If Mr. Obama was a tyrant, you wouldn’t be here to type this nonsense LOL…

  103. John McMillan says:

    moron…so you’re not only bigoted toward gays, you’re also sexist…anything that doesn’t fit into your limited porn-based view of the world…pathetic…and totally screwed up…wanker

  104. DaMav says:

    omg omg omg how will Russia survive without Lady Gaga?

  105. Joseph says:

    You seem to be black, from what I can tell in your picture; plenty of people used to be bothered by black people engaging in “normal society”. You don’t see the correlation at all? Because if a tyranny is a society that allows freedom, perhaps you would prefer segregation or slavery? Because that would be your “free” society that you crave so dearly. People are bigots; laws should not be.

  106. Shaun InfamouzOne Douglas says:

    The funny thing about this post is, half the ones who were kissing Putin’s hairy ass a few weeks back are suddenly against him hahaha! Fucking bunch of Bandwagon hopping, media sheep morons.

  107. Shaun InfamouzOne Douglas says:

    I have gay friends that don’t whine and cry and mope over all the other shit you guys are bitching about. They’re happy to just be them and alive. I for one don’t want to see two guys shoving tongue down eachothers throats. Now 2 women is another story ;) not fat women, just 2 hot lesbian/bisexual chicks. Yep.

  108. Shaun InfamouzOne Douglas says:

    That’s French, not Russian. Credibility for you sir, Nil. NEXT!

  109. Shaun InfamouzOne Douglas says:

    No no sir, when I speak on tyranny, I speak on what Obama is doing right under our noses. And when I speak of Homosexuality being crammed down our throats, I mean that we have to accept it as a normal part of society, and everything is just out in the open. It’s bothersome to some folks. I have Gay friends, and I still get creeped the fuck out if they kiss around me. Does that make me a bad person? Nah! But, Russia seems to be the only ones sticking it to the World’s Elite by not having any of this propaganda. There’s a bigger picture to everything. What you see is freedom and equality. I see puppets and sheep following the puppet masters. But, continue to play along in the game, pal lol.

  110. Doc Marten says:

    That’s the thing about this “law”-it’s unenforceable. The Russians better say goodbye to artists like Lady Gaga and Madonna. I’m suspecting neither one of those ladies will ever play in Moscow again as long as this stupid “law” is “enforced”. Which it can’t be.

  111. Doc Marten says:

    GOOD RIDDANCE. Pack your bags. The sooner, the better.

  112. Beaugard Stevens says:

    I would hate a boycott, it’s so unfair to the athletes who many only get one chance at a medal, but something must be done. This isn’t acceptable. They should not be allowed to host the Olympics. It’s an absolute disgrace. Perhaps the Olympians at the opening ceremony should all wear rainbow outfits in support of gay athletes- that would give them a black eye, and there is little they could do it about it.

  113. AlbertCat says:

    “One can also argue that Rachmaninov’s music is better than what Americans were composing at the time. ”

    But one would be wrong.

    Ives, Copland, Menotti, Bernstein, and imports like Hindemith and Weill and even Stravinsky, not to mention Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein and Duke Elington.

    Geez…Rachmaninov sounds positively 19th century by comparison. Old fashioned schmaltz.

  114. Ph says:

    You severely overestimate the stuff our government will actually make a stink about today. We wouldn’t boycott the Olympics nowadays unless Iran was hosting it. They’re the (not really) big bad of the zeitgeist.

  115. AlbertCat says:

    “Then 70 years of Soviet Communist stuff insulated them from the great progress in gay related and also other cultural changes in the West during that time”

    Yeah… the Russian Orthodox Church woulda been just fine with it…

  116. AlbertCat says:

    Yeah…. beating them up isn’t murder! They won’t condone that…. or even notice it’s happening. Very noble of them.
    Besides, it’s a ban on a little more than gay marriage and adoption.

    Perhaps you didn’t read the article….

  117. AlbertCat says:

    Sorry Shaun Loserone Douglas, but we’re here. And it seems you haven’t had enough… something…crammed down your throat because real straight people just do not care or get upset over gays. Existing is not cramming it down anyone’s throat.

  118. AlbertCat says:

    Can we buy the entire Repug party a one way ticket? How about just homophobic religious leaders?

    All thru my childhood I had been told the GOP hated the USSR. Now we find out it was just ENVY.

  119. Josh says:

    I hope I can still order a fruit salad… or a tuti fruity ice cream.. Dam communism can be restrictive.. I suppose no more hot dogs either..

  120. Vernon Reed says:

    Have fun waving to Sarah Failin’!

  121. Its’ well time to razz Putin! (Pat Oliphant gets the credit)!

  122. jack brown says:

    No it’s not. There is only one Uganda and its located in East Africa. Most Russian Government officials never stated (or will they condone) violence against gays or lesbians. Please stop comparing a ban on gay marriage and adoption with outright murder.

  123. nicho says:

    Buh-bye now.

  124. jack brown says:

    Ok. If Ivan the Terrible was still ruling Russia, Gay folks would be hanging from the trees and street light poles like they do in Iran or Saudi Arabia. Homosexuality is no longer illegal in Russia. Gay people have alot more right then they used to during the Tsarist or Soviet eras. You can’t just expect a society to change over 20 years time. It’s a process. It took U.S and W. Europe decades to get where they are now on Gay rights.

  125. Mark Moore says:

    Maybe the US should boycott.

  126. jack brown says:

    Yeah, a million years. Why don’t you go out and buy a book on Russian history and culture, and maybe, just maybe you will learn something useful. Geeeeeez!!!!

  127. Joseph says:

    I’m confused when you say “homosexuality…crammed down every straight person’s throat”.
    I don’t recall any laws that force you to marry another man, engage in intercourse with another man, or even do anything remotely related to homosexuality.
    By saying that it is “tyranny” to allow people equal rights, and Russia is anti-tyranny by throwing somebody in jail for wearing rainbow is ridiculous.

  128. Jim Olson says:

    You’re more than welcome to go, Shaun. Enjoy your new-found freedoms.

  129. Jim Olson says:

    So sad. I adore the Olympics. Writing a letter to the USOC today.

  130. Bill_Perdue says:

    Not for years but i can read: “New York City Anti-Gay Crime Wave: The City Responds With Outrage, Organization, and Compassion Between May 5 and 31, there were 11 reported and confirmed anti-gay assaults in the Five Boroughs of New York City, including the execution-style murder of Mark Carson, with a single bullet to the head, on May 17, during his Friday night out in the West Village.

  131. Eric Christopher says:

    You haven’t spent much time in the Big Apple I see.

  132. Eric Christopher says:

    With 2 words you make any response to the Russian bound bigot unnecessary, good show :)

  133. John McMillan says:

    Bon voyage!!

  134. Shaun InfamouzOne Douglas says:

    Time to move to Russia! Putin has it all right, not accepting Tyranny and the Elite B.S. and taking an approach so that homosexuality is not crammed down every Straight Persons throat on a daily basis!

  135. karmanot says:

    Even if she is a moldy, sore ridden, skanky whore named Russia.—-no offense to whores.

  136. Bill_Perdue says:

    Yes. Nobody ever said our masters were smart.

  137. Naja pallida says:

    Isn’t that really just encouragement for him to do a mass document dump, and then apply for asylum with nothing left to leak?

  138. Naja pallida says:

    To my knowledge, there are no real regulations for services like OnStar. As part of the user agreement when you have the service installed, you essentially allow the company to gather extensive amounts of information through your vehicle, as long as the vehicle exists. Chuck Schumer asked the FTC to investigate just what data companies were collecting, and for what purpose, a couple of years ago, but I can’t recall anything coming of it. Unfortunately, laws are a good 25+ years behind technology when it comes to this sort of thing… and any level of “security” is entirely left in the hands of the free market. We just have to cross our fingers and hope General Motors is keeping all that data, as well as the link from OnStar itself to individual’s cars secure… because it would theoretically cost them billions if they weren’t, and it became public knowledge.

  139. Bill_Perdue says:

    “Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. security secrets and is now a fugitive, met Monday morning with Russian diplomatic officials and handed them an appeal to 15 countries for political asylum,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Said a Russian official: “It was a desperate measure on his part after Ecuador disavowed his political protection credentials.”

    Meanwhile, the AP reports Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Snowden “will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, something he says Snowden doesn’t want to do.”

  140. Naja pallida says:

    Indeed, our government only murders people for accidentally standing next to someone the administrative branch unilaterally decides it wants dead. That’s the good kind of murder.

    While I’m sure Clarke is not exaggerating about such hacking capabilities, it doesn’t seem a likely scenario. Hastings had his impact, but I have trouble believing anyone in power felt he was so much of a threat that it warranted assassination. Given the media tools that are all too happy to obliterate someone’s character with a minimal of reasoning, if they wanted Hastings discredited, I’m sure it would have been accomplished forthwith.

  141. Drew2u says:

    no, I agree with you, that his death wasn’t a targeted assassination, but look at the implications about the car. Are cars that easy to hack? What regulations are there, with on-star and the like, to prevent critical functions of a car from being attached to a grid where third-party groups may have access?
    That, I find, to be the most disturbing idea from the story.

  142. Bardamu says:

    Putin is protecting white christian culture from degenerate fags who seek to pervert and destroy everything decent.

  143. Bardamu says:

    Putin protects the Russian people from the failed path of liberalism.

  144. Bardamu says:

    Glory to the motherland!

  145. The thing is, what would be the value in killing him? He took down McChrystal? So what. It was a great move, but not the kind of thing the government kills over, IMHO. I suppose anything is possible, but I tend not to believe conspiracy theories that don’t, on their face, at least make some sense. I’d never really heard of him until he died, though I did know the McChrystal story. So I’m having a hard time believing that he’s the one they’d get first.

  146. karmanot says:

    Mini Dreck recognizing its own.

  147. karmanot says:

    Channeling the Perdue today! :-)

  148. karmanot says:

    Stalin betrayed Marxism, the revolution, the Russian people and became a viscous gutter Tzar.

  149. Bill_Perdue says:

    Or New York City.

  150. Bill_Perdue says:

    He might even be as bad as the Clintons, who gave us DOMA and DADT.

    (Wait for it – Clinton had to do it – evil Republicans made him do it – his veto would have been overridden – those were different times – Hillary had nothing to do with it.)

  151. Bill_Perdue says:

    He ran from one state with huge and an enduring state espionage system and traditions of state secrecy, totally repressing and oppressing their citizens to another.

  152. LanceThruster says:

    This is just sad.

  153. Bill_Perdue says:

    Stalinism is alive and well in the Russian Federation and other former Stalinist run republics. Anti-gay laws were eliminated entirely by the Bolsheviks in 1917 but re-instituted in the 1930’s as part of Stalin’s repression and destruction of the Bolsheviks not killed defending the Revolution.

    Now it’s being used as a diversion while Putin and others move right in support of the ‘gangster’ capitalism of the new Russian ruling class made up of enormously rich former bureaucrats and criminal gangsters.

    It’s up to us to do all we can to support our Russian sisters and brothers.

  154. lynchie says:

    never going to happen, not that it shouldn’t be boycotted.

  155. kingstonbears says:

    I mentioned this to a group of straight friends and none of them were even aware this had happened. Time to get the word out.

  156. karmanot says:


  157. karmanot says:

    The IOC supports the anti-gay pogrom.

  158. karmanot says:

    And if Russia were in America it would be Arizona or Michigan.

  159. karmanot says:

    Except the IOC never does the right thing.

  160. karmanot says:

    Time to begin an anti Russia blog swarm: Boycott the games. Keep it up until the Russians look like rube fools. Russia: The new Uganda.

  161. emjayay says:

    A stretch yes, but for whatever it’s worth it is interesting that Snowden had to run to two former Communist states with huge and enduring state espionage systems and traditions of state secrecy, totally repressing and oppressing their citizens.

  162. caphillprof says:

    Yes, one would think gay athletes would already be on this.

  163. emjayay says:

    The many Russian and other former Soviet dashboard cam videos are instructive.

  164. emjayay says:

    Of course a lot like here or to some degree politics anywhere. But much drunker.

  165. emjayay says:

    Or both.

  166. emjayay says:

    That’s what I’ve been saying a bunch of times here and elsewhere. Then 70 years of Soviet Communist stuff insulated them from the great progress in gay related and also other cultural changes in the West during that time. Like liberation and equality of women for example. Russians immigrating to the US (well Brooklyn) are generally entirely superficial super nouveau riche wannabe ignorant jerks. (OK, that was a little harsh).

    As a friend of mine once said, as the Italians are leaving, young Russian women are filling the skank demographic. The Chinese immigrants are definitely not doing the job.

  167. emjayay says:

    ALL the YahooNews comments on an AtlanticWire article about the Moscow incidents were pro-antigay violence and laws.

  168. Badgerite says:

    Yes, but this kind of stupid gay bashing will not help them do it. I think Putin is just looking to stifle all dissent and if you can tie the dissent to some kind of sexual thing that is, to many peoples minds, controversial, it gives him some traction to go after others.peoples ideas that challenge his authority. Or he could be just a bigot.

  169. Sweetie says:

    To ppp: Around 80% of young heterosexual American couples report engaging in anal sex. Simple facts like that obliterate your howling outrage, unless, of course, you think all of them should be beaten and jailed, too.

    Here are a few more:

    1. Not all gay men engage in anal sex.

    2. Lesbians don’t have penises and therefore can’t put them into men, so why is it OK for Russia to beat and jail them?

    You need to come up with some credible justifications for your bigotry. Here’s a hint, though: there aren’t any.

  170. ppp12345 says:

    OMG. Gays now rule the world! When sticking dick in another man hole was the human right? Only in America! Open your eyes! Wake up ! A bunch of gullible morons! And the article so clearly directs the reader to violence, hatred and another cold war, because of what? a group of sexual perverts wanting to take over the world?

  171. Sweetie says:

    The “don’t throw it in our face/shove it down our throat” fallacy holds universal appeal because, as with most fallacious thinking — it seems as if it’s common sense. It also, as it’s ignorant, simultaneously enables the heterosexist to feel smugly superior and righteously just.

    The problem, of course, is that what it’s really about is the total elimination of gay people: genocide.

  172. Sweetie says:

    There were still some great things produced, despite Stalin’s efforts. However, what was produced pales in comparison with the potential that had been shone. The authoritarian mediocrity of Stalinism is what continues to plague Russia today.

  173. Stratplayer says:

    It is sobering to realize that there is a not-inconsiderable portion of the American people who would welcome such measures here. Some of them are serving in Congress right now.

  174. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Did anyone ever read the The Front Runner? When you think of what happened to Billy Sive, the Russian games suddenly seem to have a lot more potential for violence.

  175. Sweetie says:

    There was freedom of a sort briefly after the revolution, but it didn’t last. Intellectuals, for instance, even encouraged each other to try out bisexual threesomes and similar situations to break from old ways. Innovation was very big until Stalin came to power and snuffed it out with Socialist Realism and the like.

    Of course, food was stolen from the peasants to feed the army and all that probably at the same time the intelligentsia was being innovative. One of the problems with the revolution is that people who were put in charge of things like agricultural planning didn’t have strong scientific backgrounds in such areas.

  176. Sweetie says:

    Russia was very innovative in film, music, painting, and such shortly after the revolution. Compare, for instance, the crass lowbrow commercialism of much of early American cinema with some of the early Russian cinema which was much more art-oriented.

    In fact, Scriabin’s music, which is pre-revolutionary, could even be called prototypical jazz (the 5th and 7th piano sonatas particularly). It is considered prototypical serial composition. One can also argue that Rachmaninov’s music is better than what Americans were composing at the time. He himself said America is a place with many great orchestras and no culture.

    Stalin’s rise to power is what mostly crushed the culture. There was so much potential.

  177. EdHandy says:

    Indeed. Hence whatever that dreck was about George Bush “looking into Putin’s soul.”

  178. pliny says:

    If the IOC actually had balls, they’d shift the games to Vancouver or Turin. Most of the infrastructure built for the games is still there, and there’d 7 months to prepare. It’d be a crazy mess, but the right thing to do.

  179. FLL says:

    At the time of the revolution in 1917, Russia was a fossil from the Middle Ages and only 50 years removed from serfdom. In very real terms, Russia in 1917 was about one thousand years behind Western and Central Europe in social and political development. They probably have just a tad of catching up to do.

  180. JC says:

    If Putin were an American citizen, he would be a Republican.

  181. mark_in_toronto says:

    Once again, it comes down to money or people.
    Let’s see if the IOC has any balls.
    To hold the games in Russia now would be as draconian as the anti-gay law itself.

  182. jomicur says:

    Evidently Ivan the Terrible, who had his own son slaughtered, is still ruling Russia, at least in spirit. The international GLBT community should organize a boycott of these games, and should do so as noisily as possible. There will almost certainly be some gay-bashing incidents, official or unofficial, government-sanctioned or government-winked-at. Will NBC, which has not to my knowledge ever even mentioned gay participation in/support for the Olympics, even cover them? I wouldn’t bet on it.

  183. Monoceros Forth says:

    I’m doubtful of the second.

  184. ArthurH says:

    Commie Rats!!!!!!

  185. lynchie says:

    Russia has always been a suppressor of human rights at all levels. The reward for this is the winter olympics. Czar, stalin, successive premiers and now Putty Put. Keep your citizens drunk and hating something. Sounds like America but we just keep the dumb, hopped up on Religion and a government that spies and is now going to reward people for spying on friends, neighbors and family.

  186. dcinsider says:

    If these laws were aimed at any other ethnic or racial group, your head would spin at how quick we would boycott these Olympics.

  187. nicho says:

    Russia — just a colder version of Somalia. It’s pretty much on the verge of becoming a failed state. Russia is and always has been ungovernable without an incredible amount of official violence and brutality.

  188. nicho says:

    Stretch and twist.

  189. You can do better than that. So can I, though.

  190. mikeyDe says:

    If the US Olympic team’s outfit doesn’t include rainbow suspenders, I’m not watching. (taht is, if I owned a television set.)

  191. Fireblazes says:

    Now there is a stretch. I am surprised you didn’t pull a muscle.

  192. Maybe Snowden can give them some more USA intelligence info to help these outstanding guys out some more!

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