All this hue and cry about Russia’s draconian anti-gay laws is just totally bumming out Dmitry Chernyshenko, the chief organizer of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. He’s asked the International Olympic Committee to tell people to stop whining: “It’s very important to have your support to stop this campaign and this speculation regarding this issue,” Chernyshenko said at an IOC gathering. He assured attendees that the gay “propaganda” law doesn’t impinge on the freedoms of LGBT Russians: “This law recently passed does not prohibit homosexuality directly or indirectly. It does not contradict elements of the Olympic Charter.” Chernyshenko said. “The law will have no impact for any guest visitor. Whether athletes or just fans or members of Olympic family, everybody is welcome to enjoy the fantastic Games.” (Just, y’know, be careful what you wear, what you say, how you walk and talk.)
The latest public action against the Evil Empire was a series of same-sex kiss-ins held outside Russian Embassies in 50 cities worldwide, including Berlin, Cape Town, Tokyo and Berlin (above). “A kiss is a beautiful sign of love, so it goes against exactly what’s happening in Russia,” said Kat Coric, who helped organize the “To Russia, With Love” smooch-a-thon in Montreal.
The revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is officially coming to Broadway starting March 29, 2014, with opening night scheduled for April 22. If you want to see Neil Patrick Harris in a wig and corset (and, really, who doesn’t) tickets go on sale October 19.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations issued a statement on Friday declaring that inmates in the state prison system are now eligible for same-sex marriages. There are some restrictions: Inmates cannot marry other prisoners (too many security concerns) and the ceremony must take place in the prison. Don’t worry, boo: We’ll put a file in the wedding cake!
Just days after the creative team for the Batwoman comic book quit because DC Comics told them the heroine was not allowed to marry girlfriend Maggie Sawyer, DC Comics has announced the new writer on the series: Openly gay fan fave Marc Andreyko: “Its, it’s true: I’m the new writer of Batwoman! and, as i prepare for the interweb onslaught, a few things: i ADORE J.H Williams and Greg Rucka and Hayden Blackman and the great character they’ve created so lovingly,” Andreyko posted on Facebook. “I am taking this job very seriously and hope to do right by Kate, Maggie, Bette and the rest of the cast.”
At a comic convention over the weekend, DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio says the company is still very “committed” to Batwoman being an out-and-proud caped crusader, a revelation made back in 2006. But he insisted, superheroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives: “They put on a cape and a cowl for a reason… They’re committed to defending others—at the sacrifice of all their own personal instincts,” he explained. “If you look at every one of the characters in the Batman family, their personal lives kind of suck.”
Andreyko previously wrote Manhunter, a critically acclaimed DC comic about a female vigilante with several gay characters.
Mr. Chase has dropped the video for his new song “Wonderful,” and, unlike some new pop stars, he’s not naked swinging on a wrecking ball. The singer calls the self-empowerment anthem “a message for the LGBT people of Russia.”