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Pussy Riot Tweets Paddy Wagon Selfies After Sochi Olympics Arrest

  • The two members of Pussy Riot arrested outside the Sochi Olympics tweeted selfies from inside a police wagon today. Authorities still haven’t explained why members of the group, who were planning to perform a new protest song, have been detained. [Daily Dot, Queerty, New York Times]
  • How evangelical university Patrick Henry College (also called “God’s Harvard) has failed victims of sexual assault. [The New Republic]
  • On Adrian Broadway, a 15-year-old Black girl in Little Rock, Arkansas who was shot and killed after egging a car. The 48-year-old man who shot Adrian fired his gun multiple times into a car filled with seven teens. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Openly Gay Billie Jean King Joins U.S. Delegation To 2014 Olympics In Anti-Gay Russia

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  • President Obama has selected openly lesbian athletes Billie Jean King and Callie Cahow as delegates to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a country where homosexuality is frowned upon. Russian President Vladmir Putin has said gay visitors would be welcome at the Olympics, though — whatever that means. Some see these LGBTQ athletes joining the delegation as an eff-you statement to Russia, but UK Guardian blogger Nancy Goldstein argues the U.S. is trying to hide behind gay athletes as opposed to taking a firm stand against bigotry. [PBS.org, Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Subway Riders In Moscow Can Now Pay For Their Rides With Exercise

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Russia is gearing up to host the winter Olympics in 2014, and as preparation, the organization Olympic Changes installed a very special ticket machine in one of Moscow’s subway stations. Rather than accept monetary payment in exchange for a ride, the machine requires that customers do 30 leg squats or lunges to obtain a ticket. Read more on Style Caster…

Russian President Vladmir Putin Says Gays Are Welcome At The Olympics

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“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation…”

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that gay participants and attendees of the upcoming 2014 Olympic festivities in Sochi will be welcome. Given Russia’s harsh anti-gay laws and the backlash they’ve been receiving, that’s hard to imagine, but here’s hoping he keeps his word. Russia has received international criticism for its criminalization of homosexuality, and that’s making for a tense lead-up to the Olympics. [TIME] [Image via WENN]

Figure Skater Johnny Weir Defends His NBC Olympics Gig In Russia Despite The Country’s Gay Discrimination

“I risk jail time just going there, but the Olympics are not the place to make a political statement. I’m not a politician and I don’t really talk about politics. You don’t have to agree with the politics, but you have to respect the culture of a country you are visiting. … It’s pretty obvious that I’ve been gay my whole life. … I don’t need to break any laws or wear a rainbow pin to show people that I support gay rights. I think I’ll do that just by being in Sochi and supporting our people there and know they are not alone. … The gay community has not reacted well to me because some people think it’s my responsibility to be an activist. They’re expecting me to hate Russia because I haven’t been given equal rights in Russia. … If it’s good enough for Elton John, it’s good enough for me. Every country’s going to have its issues.”

My gay BF Johnny Weir isn’t one to keep his opinions to himself. That includes defending himself from criticism that he should boycott the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, instead of covering figure skating for NBC as an openly gay man married to another man (who is Russian!). Russia is a notoriously anti-gay country, brutally abusing gays and lesbians and recently criminalizing homosexuality. But Weir, who has had Russian coaches and traveled to the country many times, said it is possible to support gay rights without choosing to exclude yourself from something you love. What do y’all think? [New York Times] [Image via Splash News]

Johnny Weir Retires From Figure Skating

  • Figure skater Johnny Weir has retired from skating and will cover the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia for NBC — despite the country’s discrimination against gays. [US Weekly]
  • Pauly D has never met his six-month-old daughter and is not too pleased the baby’s mother, whom he hooked up with in Las Vegas, posted a picture of the kid online sitting in a high chair surrounded by with $100 bills. Cute kid, though! [TMZ]
  • Ben & Jerry’s has added a Will Ferrell flavor called “Ron Burgundy’s Scotchy Scotch Scotch.” [Splitsider]
  • Only Chelsea Handler could get Reese Witherspoon to laugh at her drunken arrest ordeal. [Eonline]
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