RUSSIA: 67 Arrested As Orthodox Priests And Skinheads Clash With LGBT Activists

Priests from the Russian Orthodox Church and skinheads clashed with LGBT activists at a St. Petersburg rally yesterday to mark Coming Out Day. There were 67 arrests.

The rally on the Field of Mars (Marsovo Pole) in the city’s downtown was scheduled at 2 p.m., but anti-gay activists arrived at the scene before that time to protest against the event. The activists included Cossacks, Orthodox protesters and members of Russian nationalist organizations. When the LGBT activists arrived, they were met by the anti-gay activists who sang religious songs and did not allow them to get to the venue of the rally. The protesters said they were against holding the event on the Field of Mars, which had a war memorial. Police intervened in the scuffle shortly after the gay rights activists attempted to raise rainbow flags.

One activist told reporters that the police failed to act because the G20 Summit has concluded and the international press has left the city. The headline on one Russian news report about the incident translates as, “With Obama gone, everything is permitted.”

(Tipped by JMG reader Str8 Grandmother)

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Robbie Rogers To Write Memoir

Robbie Rogers’ year just keeps getting better. Plans are in the works for him to co-write book about his life as an openly gay Major League Soccer star. Rogers posted a message on Facebook announcing the news:

“Soccer and writing are my two biggest passions. I am so lucky to be given the opportunity to write my memoir with Penguin Books. So many people helped me with my struggles while I was coming out, I hope this book will do the same for people who feel a bit like me.”

6a00d8341c730253ef0192aaa6cde4970d-250wiThe official press Penguin Books release contains details of what to expect from the memoir, titled Come Out To Play:

Come Out To Play will tell the story of Rogers’ hard-fought though ultimately triumphant transformation from a troubled, isolated child to a groundbreaking and praiseworthy professional sportsman- one who has mustered the courage to write and act upon the secret he held for years. Robbie has finally broken his silence: “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty. Try explaining to your loved ones after twenty-five years you are gay. Life is only complete when your loved ones know you. When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone. Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.”

“In addition to being a soccer superstar, Robbie is poised to be a role model for a new generation of gay and lesbian youth,” commented Patrick Nolan. “His courage to share his personal story will make it easier for others who follow. I am proud to be publishing his memoir.”

Beyond providing compelling insights into the world of professional athletes, Come Out To Play will be the first of its kind- a deeply personal account of what it’s like to be openly gay in professional locker rooms, 60,000-seat stadiums full of raucous crowds, and a sports universe that’s only now becoming hospitable to gay people.

Look for Penguin to publish the book as a paperback original sometime in late 2014.

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CANADA: Gay Man Left Paralyzed In Nova Scotia Stabbing Attack, No Arrests Yet

A gay man has been paralyzed in a stabbing attack that took place Friday night outside a Nova Scotia bar. Friends and family suspect that the attack was a hate crime. No arrests have been made.

Amy Punke said she and a group of friends, including her 27-year-old roommate Scott Jones, were out celebrating the opening of a friend’s art studio. She said the group decided to leave one bar and go to another. She went on ahead and did not witness the attack. “He was walking with a friend and two men, who had previously been at the bar we were at, came running across the street. One of the men distracted Scott’s friend and the other man stabbed Scott twice in the back and tried to slit his throat,” she said. The injury to Jones’ throat was superficial, said Punke, but the stabbing severed Jones’ spinal cord leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

The victim reports that one of his attackers whispered something in his ear before stabbing him, but he cannot recall what was said. (Tipped by JMG reader Todd.)

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Ben Cohen’s Third Week On SCD

Here’s a review of last night’s performance:

Ben Cohen produced a raunchy rhumba on Strictly Come Dancing for Love Week. He won unanimous praise for his dance in a dress shirt and undone bow tie to Adele’s Make You Feel My Love and his performance with Kristina Rihanoff earned a standing ovation. The pair scored straight sevens from the four judges, giving him 28 points an improvement of three on last week’s 25 for the waltz. Judge Craig Revel Horwood said: “I want to love you too my darling. I’m willing you to do well and dance well, and you know what, you did.” On hearing this Ben dashed over to Craig and embraced him, provoking whoops of approval from the audience which included stand-up comedian Alan Carr, another celebrity with Northamptonian roots. Len Goodman added: “It is nice to see a big butch bloke being gentle. Lovely partnering. I thought you needed a bit more hips going on on occasions but I thought you showed your feminine side out there.”

The first elimination episode is tonight.

RELATED: Cohen spoke to The Mirror about what’s its like for a hearing-impaired person to compete in a dance contest.

Watching me move across the dance floor on Strictly Come Dancing, viewers at home will have no idea that I am profoundly deaf in both ears and that I have a high-pitched ringing in them. Having lost 50% of my hearing is tough but that is not my issue – it’s the tinnitus that is the problem. The thought of the live shows was daunting and I was worried the high-pitched sound of the band could affect my hearing but it hasn’t. You might wonder how I can hear the music on Strictly but the strongest part of my hearing picks up the low tones, so I can pick up the base of the music pretty well. However, I’ve not worn my hearing aid in case it flies out when I’m dancing! It’s easier for me to hear the lower sounds I need to hear without it. .

Cohen’s hearing aids were recently provided to him by Elton John.

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Gay Boxer Orlando Cruz Loses Bid For Featherweight Title


Orlando Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer, lost in a seventh round knockout to opponent Orlando Salido Saturday night. describes the supportive atmosphere in and around the ring:

Cruz, despite the loss, was hailed as a hero by many for coming out as a gay fighter in such a macho sport. Members of Cruz’s team waved a rainbow colored flag, signifying the colors of the LGBT community, in his corner during the introductions. He wore trunks in the colorful pattern, and his story was covered by media outlets around the world.

Watch a short clip of the fight’s final moments, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Orlando Cruz KO’d In 7th Round

Boxing Insider reports:

Orlando Cruz is a southpaw and he did not make eye contact with Salido during introductions. Salido is a notoriously slow starter but he did not start slow tonight. Salido was warned for the first of multiple times in the first round for low blows. Cruz was sticking and moving early with his jab but Salido did well when we he went to the body. The second and third rounds were tight and tough but Salido was the man who was landing the much harder punches. The crowd could be heard chanting “Puta, Puta” in the third round. Cruz was landing some decent shots but Salido was not visibly bothered by Cruz’s punches. Cruz had his best round of the night in the fifth. Salido was able to turn the fight back in his favor in the fifth round by going to the body again and was extremely aggressive. The end came in the seventh round when Salido was landing some hard uppercuts. A right hook left uppercut combination sent Cruz to the mat for the full count of ten.

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Moldova Overturns ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban To Join European Union

Last June Moldova passed a law banning the promotion of “relationships than those linked to marriage and the family” to children, a bit of legislation that was strongly supported and promoted by the Orthodox Church. However, the country is trying to secure membership in the European Union and lawmakers figured that following in the footsteps of Russia was probably not the best method to achieve that goal. Yesterday, the Moldovan government overturned the ban of promoting homosexuality to minors.

Moscow opposed the decision, as did many Orthodox Christians, dozens of whom gathered outside the parliament building to protest and tried to prevent lawmakers from entering. “Today they are allowing this propaganda and tomorrow they will allow gay marriages,” said priest Ghenadie Valuta.

One can only hope.

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