Ger Brennan, Irish Gaelic Football Star, Makes Progressive Reference To Teammate’s ‘Boyfriends’ During Victory Speech – An Irish Gaelic football star is being praised for making a progressive statement during a St. Patrick’s Day match.
2014 Sochi Olympic Games – what about LGBTI rights? ILGA: with the Sochi Olympic Winter Games under way, ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association reiterates its deep concern for the very harsh situation LGBTI people are suffering in Russia, where the anti-gay propaganda legislation came into force in June last year.
Brendan O’Neill on the “Queer Imperialism” of the Sochi protests – Westerners have launched a gay Culture War against what they view as “redneck Russia”, says Brendan O’Neill on spiked today. Describing the gay-friendly protests over Sochi as an “outpouring of ersatz homophilia”, O’Neill says the Winter Olympics have been “turned into a platform for a showdown between enlightened Westerners who like gays and wicked Ruskies who apparently do not”.
Channel 4 to flood peak-time advertising slots with “Gay Mountain” Anthem. Tonight (6th February) watch out for an extremely camp version of the Russian national anthem, set to a disco beat and performed by a ‘bear’ in front of a rainbow of necoloured lightbulbs as Channel 4 wishes ‘Good luck to everyone in Sochi’
The Brutal, Bloody Horror of Gay Life in Putin’s Russia – Ever since virulently homophobic Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed through a law effectively outlawing openly gay people, the country’s LGBTQ community has, predictably, been plagued by violence. Now a study published in Harvard University’s Health and Human Rights journal confirms what myriad horrific anecdotes suggest: Gay people in Russia are being beaten, raped, and murdered at record rates—and the government is doing little to stop it.
UK to give cash and support to Russian gays – New Zealand has unanimously passed a motion to support the LGBTI community in Russia and all athletes competing at the Olympic Games. Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister Maria Miller said it was important to use the opportunity of the Winter Olympic Games to underline the importance of treating people fairly.
Q&A event for LGBT History Month -5th February 2014 at National Football Museum Manchester:6-9pm. The Just a Ball Game? pop-up exhibition will be displayed at the National Football Museum from 1st-6th February 2014, daily.
The BBC have arranged to record for 5Live 1 hour of the event in 2x 30 minute slots during the evening. Hosting the event will be Mark ‘Chappers’ Chapman and 5Live will use the recording and snippets a few days later for their special LGBT HM day.