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2014 Winter Olympics

2014 Winter Olympics

Not Performance Art: Actual Cossacks Horsewhip, Pepper Spray Pussy Riot (Video)

by David Badash ● 1:45 PM February 19, 2014
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Members of the Russian feminist punk rock activist group Pussy Riot today were on the scene in Sochi, preparing to perform, when actual Cossacks came up and horsewhipped, beat, and pepper-sprayed them.

2014 Winter Olympics

On Our Radar – Twisted Element – A Gay Bar Sponsors A Straight Olympian

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:17 AM February 16, 2014
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Twisted Element, a Calgary gay bar, helped send a straight Olympic athlete to Sochi. And the athlete they chose? He used to be a homophobe. Today Twisted Element is On Our Radar.

2014 Winter Olympics

Nearly Three Out of Four In Russia Believe Homosexuality ‘Morally Unacceptable’

by Casey Michel ● 4:13 PM February 12, 2014
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The vast majority of Russians think homosexuality is worse than abortion or pre-marital sex.

2014 Winter Olympics

Out and Proud Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz Takes Silver

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:57 AM February 12, 2014
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A second LGBT athlete has medalled in Sochi. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz took silver in the Olympics’ first ever Women’s Ski Jump.

2014 Winter Olympics

Scott Thompson’s Iconic ‘Buddy Cole’ Talks Russia, Olympics With Gay US Ambassador

by David Badash ● 12:15 PM February 11, 2014
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Former Kid in the Hall Scott Thompson reprised his iconic character “Buddy Cole” to interview an openly-gay U.S. Ambassador about Sochi, Russia, and being gay at the Olympics.

2014 Winter Olympics

Let’s Cheer Our Own! Ireen Wüst Takes Gold At Sochi!

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:07 PM February 9, 2014
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Ireen Wust became the first of the six “out” athletes to medal at the Sochi Olympics, taking the gold in the 3000 meter Speed Skating event today.

2014 Winter Olympics

On Our Radar – Six Brave Olymbians And Why You Should Cheer Them

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:53 AM February 9, 2014
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Be a wingman for the “Olymbians” who came to the Battle of Sochi, a place where more eyes means more safety. Today the six brave “Olymbians” are On Our Radar.

2014 Winter Olympics

Russia Blocks Website of Canadian Bobsledder Who Posed In His Underwear

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:03 PM February 8, 2014
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The Canadian bobsledder who tweeted a photo of his team weighing in wearing nothing but their undies, has found the Russians have blocked his website.

2014 Winter Olympics

Chevrolet Makes Statement By Featuring First Same-Sex Couples In Olympics Ads

by David Badash ● 9:10 AM February 8, 2014
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Chevrolet made a big statement last night by airing the first-ever ads during the Olympics to include same-sex couples and families.

2014 Winter Olympics

Arrested LGBT Activists In Russia: ‘Cops Beat Us, Said We Have To Suck Their Cocks’

by David Badash ● 6:56 PM February 7, 2014
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Today, the day of the opening of the Olympic Games, LGBT activists in Moscow today were taken to a local police station, where, they say, some were beaten and threatened with both sexual assault and acts of physical violence.

2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi Olympics Day One: Russian Police Arrest More Than A Dozen LGBT Activists

by David Badash ● 2:57 PM February 7, 2014
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On day one, Russian police have already arrested more than a dozen LGBT protestors who were doing little more than unfurling a banner or singing the Russian national anthem.

2014 Winter Olympics

Look: Sochi Olympics Logo Comes Up One Ring Short

by David Badash ● 12:29 PM February 7, 2014
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Today, as the Games officially began, the iconic Olympic logo malfunctioned, displaying just four lit rings, instead of five.

2014 Winter Olympics

Lesbian Snowboarder Becomes First Openly-Gay Athlete To Protest In Sochi

by David Badash ● 11:11 AM February 7, 2014
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A lesbian snowboarder from the Netherlands became the first Olympic athlete to protest at the Games in Sochi.

2014 Winter Olympics

Google Doodle Goes Rainbow Pride Gay, Quotes Olympic Anti-Discrimination Principles

by David Badash ● 7:43 PM February 6, 2014
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Google is jumping — head and heart first — into the international LGBT civil rights controversy surrounding the Sochi Winter Olympics.