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!! OMG, how deplorable: Russian authorities continue to turn blind eye towards violent attacks on LGBT Russians !!

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I know, it’s not the nicest thing to wake up to with your cornflakes and coffee, but it’s important that people see this video! ​Human Rights Watch has just released a graphic and shocking new video highlighting many of the various violent attacks on the LGBT community in Russia.
As circumstances for LGBT Russians continue to deteriorate, they are urging for the Russian government to take action and re-address their brutal stance ahead of the Sochi Olympic Games:

“The Russian authorities have the power to protect the rights of LGBT people, but instead they are ignoring their responsibility to do so,” said Tanya Cooper, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “By turning a blind eye to hateful homophobic rhetoric and violence, Russian authorities are sending a dangerous message as the world is about to arrive on its doorstep for the Olympics that there is nothing wrong with attacks on gay people.”

Be warned — the video is not for the faint of heart:

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!! OMG, welcome to the naapuruus: Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen comes out (and raises awareness while he’s at it) !!

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Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen has come out of the closet. Luikkonen says the timing was very important to him because he wants to raise awareness about Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the Sochi Games. Via YLE:

“I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others,” Liukkonen told Yle.
Liukkonen added that the Finnish sporting world was also in need of a more open attitude to sexuality.
“In the future I would hope that elite athletes and other people will not find homosexuality to be any kind of news,” said Liukkonen…
“As the matter wasn’t discussed, I tried to forget about it, but during high school I began to accept that I am made this way,” said Liukkonen. “Acceptance hasn’t necessarily been easy, but it hasn’t been horribly difficult either. This has been a long, slow process for me, but now I’m there.”

Aside from the fact that the immature 5-year old in me cannot WAIT to hear a British newscasters pronounce “Ari-Pekka”, this is obviously a great really thing for Liukkonen to do while at the games — particularly while still active in his sport! Congratulations to Ari-Pekka! And thanks for repping right in Putin‘s face. Face palm, Putin!

“It’s a really great feeling that I can finally be myself.”

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!! OMG, dat chew Camilla?: Transvestite Artist Grayson Perry honoured by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace !!

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“The idea that rebellion is at the margins of society – that’s false, it’s far more interesting to be mischievous from the centre.” – Grayson Perry

Turner Prize-winning artist, Grayson Perry, known for his ceramic vases and cross-dressing (those two always go hand-in-hand), was honoured by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace this past week for “30 years of hard graft” (that means 30 years of hard work in British speak, y’all!).
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Perry worked a very Camilla Parker Bowles-esque look in a midnight blue dress and matching fitted jacket with a wide brimmed black-hat with some ostrich feathers for flare! Perry himself called the outfit very “Italian mother-of-the-bride”.
[via telegraph]

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!! OMG, let’s all just be friends: The Mystery Of Sochi’s DOUBLE MEN’S TOILET !!

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In a country currently ruled by hate and homophobia, a sign of camaraderie has blossomed in one of the most unexpected places! The Double-Men’s-Toilet!
BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg was taking a wazz yesterday while covering the Russian Sochi Olympics when he snapped these twin toilets in a single cubicle. Steve posted the picture via Twitter and said:

“Just to make clear, this is not photo-shopped. You can see my reflection in the mirror.”

Twitter is loving this, and many are tying it in heavily to Russia’s gay-rights issues — which were already in the shitter! It just goes to show that it’s sometimes good to start the conversation, no matter where you might find it!

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!! OMG, some spicy meatballs: Learn Italian Hand Gestures With The Male Models Of Dolce&Gabbana FW15 !!


If you’ve ever needed to know how to be a nosey bitch or total gossip in Italian — well here’s your chance! Stare at the hot pieces from the Dolce&Gabbana FW15 runway show, while they take time out from getting ready backstage to teach you some important traditional Italian gestures!
[via Swide]

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