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posted Friday, November 8 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 45
Let's tell Russia: FCKH8! T-shirt firm plans massive defiance of country's 'Gay propaganda' ban
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Let's tell Russia: FCKH8! T-shirt firm plans massive defiance of country's 'Gay propaganda' ban

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The LGBT-equality T-shirt company FCKH8.com plans to send 10,000 pro-Gay children's coloring books to Russian children, according to a press release. Copies of the Russian-language book Misha & His Moms Go to the Olympics will be mailed directly to homes with children in Sochi (the site of the upcoming Winter Olympics) and Moscow during the games.

The release stated that 'activists are taking the action of breaking the law and directly mailing the books to children to confront the anti-Gay hysteria that is sweeping the country.'

Russia recently passed a controversial law banning what it calls 'Gay propaganda' from being presented to children.

HATE CRIMES ESCALATING
Violence toward Gays in Russia is on the rise, due to the passage of this and similar laws. In one recent incident, Anastasia Smirnova, general project manager of the Interregional Social Movement Russian LGBT Network, reported on Russian Queer newsgroups that two masked men with guns and baseball bats attacked a 'rainbow social' at the offices of LaSky, an HIV organization for Gay men, according to Advocate.com.

The police reportedly arrived at the LaSky office but immediately left, saying they saw no evidence of a crime.

A Russian man blinded in one eye after an anti-Gay shooting has spoken out on his ordeal, Gay Star News reported. One of two gun-wielding masked men shot Dmitry Chizhevsky, 27, in the eye during a terror attack on a social event for young LGBTs in St. Petersburg on November 3. Posting on the social network VK, Chizhevsky wrote, 'Thank you all for your support. Doctors said the bullet was left inside but can be removed with surgery.'

With the Sochi Olympic Games coming up in February 2014, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) has launched its 'Love Conquers Hate' campaign to support the members of Russia's LGBT community, according to a press release. Participants in the campaign include Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Fergie, Kelly Osbourne, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, America Ferrera, Ricky Martin, and Perez Hilton, among others. Participants will share photos of themselves wearing the Russian-language version of HRC's 'Love Conquers Hate' T-shirt on their social-media platforms with the hashtag #LoveConquersHate.

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