Late Night: This Is Curl

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 8:00 pm

“Our planet Earth, as we know it, is unique. It contains life even in its most barren stretches. It’s rich with oddities. In all my years of exploration, these are the creatures I find most curious…”


Sochi: Pussy Riot Attacked, Beaten With Whips by Police

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 4:20 pm

Members of Pussy Riot were attacked by police with whips, then beaten, pushed, dragged and had their hair pulled as the punk performance group set up for an unpermitted performance in front of a mural in Sochi. There were plenty of cameras to capture the brutality of the special Cossack police, hired to handle drunks and rowdies.

Coca-Cola Soda Sales, Profits Down, Boycott On

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 6:31 pm

LGBTQ activists around the world are boycotting Coca-Cola for its sponsorship of the Winter Olympics and thus a tacit endorsement of Russian President’s Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay stance.

Sochi: Pussy Riot Members Arrested at McDonald’s

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 3:16 pm

Two members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot and several people in their group were arrested at a McDonald’s in Adler, a suburb of Sochi. McDonald’s is sponsor of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Late Night: We Shall Overcome – In Moscow, With the Gay Men’s Chorus

By: Saturday February 8, 2014 8:00 pm

In 1999, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles played in Moscow to “one of the largest gatherings of LGBT people in Russian history.” This was the finale of that performance.

The chorus posted this video in solidarity with their Russian brothers and sisters.

Late Night: And Now, From the Great Red Way, It’s…

By: Thursday January 23, 2014 8:00 pm

There’s been a lot of great amount of pushback around the globe to Putin’s Hate Olympics, here’s a take on Broadway’s Great Red Way from the Great White Way.

Russia: Selena Gomez Visa Yanked over LGBT Rights Petition

By: Friday September 20, 2013 6:35 am

A petition asking Selena Gomez to speak up about LGBT rights during her Russian concerts received over 12,000 signatures in one day. And now the Russian government has revoked the platinum-selling singer’s visa. The twenty-one year old Gomez, who got her start on Barney & Friends and dated Justin Bieber before he turned into a chavy douche, was scheduled to play St. Petersburg’s Ice Palace on Sep. 23 and Moscow’s Olimpiysky stadium on Sep. 25.

The IOC Might Want to Read the Whole Olympic Charter

By: Saturday August 17, 2013 9:00 am

As a pastor, I’m used to reading texts closely, taking them phrase by phrase and parsing out the multiple layers of meaning. I do this with religious texts and also with secular documents, from mortgage forms to SCOTUS opinions to presidential speeches. Words matter, and people who play fast and loose with them, or who don’t treat them with respect, really irritate me.

Like the International Olympic Committee.

Instead of using the Olympic Charter to tell athletes to sit down and shut up, the IOC ought to re-read it. If they tried that, they might notice words and phrases like “promoting a peaceful society” and “human dignity” and “sport is a human right . . . without discrimination” and so on. They might just realize that they have no option but to offer Putin a simple choice: repeal the anti-gay law and prosecute the thugs engaged in gay-bashing, or say goodbye to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

That’s how you capitulate

By: Friday August 16, 2013 1:30 am

Well, thank goodness the International Olympic Committee has shown us the bravery we’ve come to know them for.

Winter Olympic Sports Federations Oppose Discrimination, So Why Aren’t They Speaking Up?

By: Friday August 2, 2013 8:30 am

While pundits and athletes and politicians speak out about the anti-LGBT laws that were recently enacted in Russia, and the ongoing violence against LGBTs there, and the question of a boycott of the Sochi games is argued all around, the silence from the sports associations that govern the sports that would compete at Sochi is deafening.

Given the non-discrimination statements in the governing documents of every one of these federations, as well as the Olympic Charter itself, speaking out ought to be a no-brainer. Don’t believe me? Take a look at what those governing documents say . . . and then maybe people need to think about moving the games.

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