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PinkNews: The US State Department has issued a travel warning for those traveling to Russia for the Sochi Winter Olympics, noting the country’s anti-gay law.

Specifically warning LGBT Americans about the country’s law banning the “promotion of non-traditional relationships” to minors, the warning from the State Department noted the “broad interpretation” of the terms of the law by Russian authorities.

The statement read: “Russian citizens found guilty of violating the law could face a fine of up to 100,000 rubles ($3,100). Foreign citizens face similar fines, up to 14 days in jail, and deportation,” the alert states.

“The law makes it a crime to promote LGBT equality in public, but lacks concrete legal definitions for key terms. Russian authorities have indicated a broad interpretation of what constitutes ‘LGBT propaganda,’ and provided vague guidance as to which actions will be interpreted by authorities as ‘LGBT propaganda.’”

The statement goes on to warn attendees of Sochi against attending demonstrations during their time there.

“U.S. citizens should avoid large crowds in areas that lack enhanced security measures… Use caution in any areas where protests, demonstrations, or other public disturbances are taking place. Demonstrations intended to be peaceful can develop quickly and unpredictably, sometimes turning violent.”

Attempting to dismiss concerns about LGBT athletes attending February’s Winter Olympics, President Putin in November declared he was against “hatred” towards people of a “non-traditional sexual orientation” – whilst continuing to support the country’s homophobic legislation.

A federal bill banning gay “propaganda” was signed into law by President Putin in June.

It prescribes fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under the age of 18 – ranging from 4,000 roubles (£78) for an individual to 1m roubles (£19,620) for organisations.

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The Advocate has an article about the “hidden” healthcare costs that hurt same sex couples. The Hidden Cost of Health Care for Same-Sex Couples. I’m not sure why, but the assumption that they are hidden pisses me off. This should have been a written argument for gay marriage in the Supreme Court–not an article in The Advocate. Here’s my letter to the editor:

To whom it may concern,

What the @#$% are you @$$h*(#$ thinking. Who the ^&$% that has been paying taxes for any amount of time thinks that f^*&%** healthcare costs are the same for straight couples as they are for gay couples. Please write about something that is interesting and new or at least try not to sound like complete !@@&*(# *$$h*(&^ by saying that the costs are hidden. I’ve got something you can hide up your $@@. Are your demographics trending hipsters and f%^&*(& trolls now? Never ever underestimate your audience you f^&*ing f^&*s.

cc: White House, Congress, Capital in Harrisburg, PA

p.s. WTF were you thinking with that pic?! My cat could have sh*t out a better graphic for this sh*tty article.

Call me next time before you print something like this,

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Guardian: Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has shocked fans after launching an anti-gay rant onstage in San Francisco on Sunday night. The singer – who became a favourite of leftwing music fans with early albums such as The Texas Campfire Tapes and Short Sharp Shocked, but who is now a born-again Christian – began telling the crowd her views of Proposition 8, California‘s legal definition of marriage being a union between a woman and a man.

“When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilisation, and Jesus will come back,” Shocked told the crowd at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, before many of them reportedly walked out. “You are going to leave here and tell people, ‘Michelle Shocked said God hates faggots.'”

The club’s manager tried to end the show, but Shocked continued playing until venue staff pulled the plug and turned off the stage lights.

Shocked, 51, has been an alternative music icon since the late 80s and early 90s, when her raw sound and radical politics briefly caught the zeitgeist. Although she is from Texas, she was particularly successful in the UK, where three of her LPs reached the top 50. Though Shocked’s popularity has waned, she has continued making music, describing herself as an “anarchist skateboard punk” and, for about two decades, a born-again Christian.

Audience members at Sunday’s show were stunned by her remarks. “She said gay marriage would cause the end of the world,” tweeted @anile02. “She’s a total bigot and said so on stage,” agreed @lisahubbert. “It was unreal. We had to leave.” @TheGuapo said he felt like an “emotional hostage”: “[she] went full hate speech”.

Several venues – in Illinois, California, Oregon and Colorado – have now cancelled forthcoming shows.

Shocked has not directly responded to these developments, except to tweet: “Truth is leading to painful confrontation.”

Jezebel: Former Secretary of State/possible future president Hillary Rodham Clinton has teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC 4 HRC?) to publicly declare her support of marriage equality. Sure, she could have done this when she was First Lady or holding office (to be fair, she has spoken in favor of equal rights in the past — just never officially), but better late than never. Gunning up for 2016, Hillary?

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PinkNews: The cardinal who many sources have named as favourite to become the next Pope, has said in an interview that he thinks African culture “protects against” homosexuality.

Last week Pope Benedict XVI announced that he was to step down from his papal duties at the end of February, the first Pope to do so since 1415.

Ghanian Cardinal Peter Turkson, said in an interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN, that Africa was not as badly affected by the child molestation scandal within the Catholic church because of traditions and culture which rejected homosexuality and “protected” against those “tendencies”.

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