Argentina Mocks Russian Gay Propaganda Law With Raunchy World Cup Ad

Argentina Mocks Russian Gay Propaganda Law With Raunchy World Cup Ad

An Argentinian sports television channel has drawn attention to Russia’s controversial gay propaganda law with a bawdy ad as Moscow prepares to host the opening of the World Cup next month.

Russia introduced legislation banning the promotion of “non-traditional relationships to children” in 2013 with fines of up to 100,000 rubles ($1,600). Despite the ban, Russian football officials vowed to allow spectators at the June-July championship in Russia to fly rainbow LGBT flags, taking a page from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“Mr. Putin, if love among men is a disease for you, then we are very sick. And you know what? It’s contagious,” says the voiceover in a commercial released by the TyC Sports channel Thursday, addressing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There’s nothing more exciting than to see a bunch of men jumping naked in the locker room,” the voiceover of the commercial is heard saying, featuring images of Putin, a streaker, screaming fans and Argentine football legends Maradona and Messi.

The ad was pulled from YouTube and Twitter hours after LGBT advocates criticized it for insensitivity and homophobia, Newsweek magazine reported.

“The channel wanted to describe the unrivaled passion of the Argentinians for football, but the idea was not developed in the best way,” wrote the local Diario Popular newspaper.

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Gay Football

Greetings!

Below is written information about our project. This initiative is very important for us and is needed for the country.

We created a team of LGBT football players. As part of the coach, the local population and refugees.

Project Objectives:

  • helps to increase the popularity of sport in the region,

  • helps to preserve the health of the LGBT social group,

  • helps the development of communication between LGBT refugees and local population,

  • change of life priorities from depressed state to sports and health,

  • increase the interest and participation in social life of the Netherlands.

Future plan:

  • football team’s participation in international competitions,
  • attracting larger number of asylum seekers for participation.

If you want to participate in the game or help us with money, you can write a letter by e-mail: football@lgbtworldbeside.org

There is a group in Faсebook.

Thanks to the coach for the photos from the personal archive.


The immigrants from Chechnya, had held the action in Haag, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium.

On Monday, April 23rd, RUSA’ brave friends, the immigrants from Chechnya, had held the action in Haag, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium.

People were protesting in front of the Russian Consulate. The day was picked not by accident as this was a birthday of the missing Chechen singer, Zelim Bakaev.

The organizers of the event are friends of Zelim, who don’t lose a hope and believe that Zelim might be alive.

The action has also called Russia to open up the transparetn investigation on Zelim’s disappearance last August.

RUSA supports our Chechen friends in Netherlands, France, and Belgium!

P.S. this Saturday, April 28th, join the action, which is organized by Voices4 in partnership with RUSA LGBT, aimed TO STAGE A DEMONSTRATION TO DEMANDING ACTION AROUND THE QUEER PURGES IN CHECHNYA ONE YEAR AFTER NEWS OF THE VIOLENCE BROKE.

12 pm, Columbus Circle, USA


LGBT Activist Arrested in Russia During World Cup

An LGBT activist was arrested in Russia for staging a one-man protest.

Peter Tatchell, a British citizen, was detained Thursday in Moscow, the first day of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, for speaking out against the Eastern European nation’s inaction toward human rights abuses in Chechnya, a region of Russia.

“Putin fails to act against Chechnya torture of gay people,” read the sign held by Tatchell.

Tatchell was taken to a police station by several officers and released later that day, reports CNN. The activist will have to appear in court on June 26 because, according to a post on his Twitter, he is “charged with violating Federal Law 54 & Presidential Decree 202, which prohibit all protests near the Kremlin & during World Cup.”

After being released, Tatchell posted video of his arrest and explained how he had wanted to prevent a “PR coup” from the antigay nation for hosting an international sporting event.

“My Moscow protest was in solidarity with heroic Russian & Chechen LGBT people. I salute & support their struggle,” he wrote in the post. “The human rights abusing Putin regime must not be allowed to score a PR coup with the World Cup. There can be no normal sporting relations with an abnormal regime.”

Since last year, at least 200 gay and bisexual men may have been detained and as many as 26 killed in Chechen concentration camps, according to reports from LGBT groups and the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. In May, a representative of Russia told the United Nations that an investigation found no evidence of crimes against LGBT people in Chechnya — or even LGBT people in general.

Russia’s infamous “gay propaganda” law prohibits public LGBT demonstrations. Yet Tatchell maintained that his protest was not illegal.

“I was exercising my lawful right to protest, under the Russian constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression and the right to protest in Articles 29 and 31,” he said in a statement submitted by the Peter Tatchell Foundation. “A one-person protest, which is what I did, requires no permission from the authorities and the police.”

“Getting arrested is standard for Russians who protest for LGBT+ rights or against corruption, economic injustice and Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its bombing of civilians in Syria,” Tatchell added. “Unlike brave Russian protesters, I have the ‘protection’ of a British passport, which means I have been treated more leniently than they are. My fate was mild compared to what often happens to Russians who dare to challenge the Putin regime. I am awed by their courage.”

It is not illegal to be gay in Russia, but homophobia has been on the rise in the past several years. A recent poll from the Levada Center found that 83 percent of Russians, regardless of age, think gay sex is “always reprehensible” or “almost always reprehensible.” Activists have advised LGBT fans in attendance at the World Cup not to hold hands or exchange public displays of affection.

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Activists Shut Down Budweiser’s Instagram for Sponsoring World Cup in Queerphobic Russia

Activists are asking beer brand Budweiser to be wiser.

In the last few days, activists from the group Voices4, a group dedicated to raising awareness around the genocide of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, have flooded Budweiser’s Instagram posts with the hashtag #PrideOverGenocide. The activists targeted the beer company because of its sponsorship of the World Cup — which sources tell me is a sports competition — in Russia, a country not known for its hospitality toward queer people.

On three separate Instagram posts, Voices4 was able to amass over 2,500 comments forcing Budweiser to wrestle with its support of the World Cup.

After posting a new image almost every day, the Budweiser Instagram hasn’t posted something new in 2 days.

Several notable celebrities have participated in the #PrideOverGenocide hashtag, including Olympian Tom Daley, Drag Race queens Milk and Detox, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black and Munroe Bergdorf.

“Including the LGBTQIA+ community in their advertising does not erase their craven decision to financially support a dangerous, homophobic regime.,” Elly Brinkley of Voices4 said in a statement. “The Budweiser brand can’t have it both ways, sponsoring our pride here in the United States and bolstering the economy of a country that openly persecutes us. It’s up to Bud to choose pride over genocide.”

INTO contacted Budweiser and will update when we hear back.

Russia is notorious for its anti-gay stances, especially its anti-propaganda laws, which are meant to stop anything “pro-gay” from being distributed in Russia. The laws have led to sites with information about HIV being shut down, as well. During the World Cup, an emergency hotline was built for LGBTQ people attending the sporting event. A safe space meant for LGBTQ fans was relocated after being forced to shut down, as well.

 

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