Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Robbie Rogers Excuse For Not Boycotting; French Gay MP Gets Married; George Michael and Cocaine Claims

The Robbie Rogers Excuse For Not Boycotting Russia

Here we go again. I can just see Robbie Rogers with his PR people trying to figure out a way for Rogers to go to Russia and play in the World Cups in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 and not look bad. They are getting a head start and I have to admit it's clever. And I might even agree with it...except it didn't work with the Russian Olympics when gay people went there, and it's not going to work in 2018 or 2022 unless there's some kind of change in the way Russia treats LGBT people.

Nothing changed for LGBT people in Russia because gay Americans with notoriety went there during the Olympics. 

Rogers is saying this:

Robbie Rogers has decided if he is chosen for the US soccer team at the World Cups in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, he will not boycott.

Instead, he has said he will be ‘extremely flamboyant’ as an act of protest against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic laws.

The LA Galaxy leftback has reflected on his position has reflected on his position as one of the only openly LGBTI professional footballers in the world.

He says the situation, especially among players, has improved.

‘Obviously there are ‘not out’ footballers around the world and that reminds me of the atmosphere in the locker room, especially what it was like for me before I came out,’ he told Mirror Sport.

I'm not sure what he means by "flamboyant." A feather boa?  But in his defense he seems to be one of the few brave souls to come out and say he's gay in that locker room environment. I can't slam him for that. It can't be easy. And at least he's taking a stand in some direction, unlike Johnny Weir did with the Russian Olympics.  

I still feel strongly about this and I believe as gay Americans we should boycott completely...and I don't even believe in boycotts for the most part. Don't support anything in Russia until they start treating LGBT people like human beings, with respect and dignity. And you can't fault me for that. Those people need our support all the time, not just part time. Acting flamboyant is not going to help them much. 

French Gay MP Gets Married

France's first openly gay MP got married in a public ceremony.

Luc Carvounas on Saturday (11 July) became the first gay French parliamentarian to tie the knot since same-sex marriage was legalized in May 2013.

The Socialist Party senator said yes to his partner St├ęphane Exposito to cheers and applause at the town hall in Alfortville, where he is also the mayor.

‘This is a great day for me and I’m happy to share it,’ Carvounas, 44, said.

‘The people of Alfortville know who I am. For ten days, I have had nothing but positive feedback that counterbalances what is happening on social networks.’

You can check that out here. There's a photo.  Aside from the fact that they are wearing those awful matching outfits, they look like a nice couple.

The nice thing about this is that it's actually starting to feel as if this isn't huge news anymore. I can't wait until it's not news at all.

George Michael and Cocaine Claims

I've always been a George Michael fan...since the 80's. He only seems to get more attractive as he ages, which isn't something that happens to most men. In this piece he's claiming the rumors about cocaine abuse are false.

Georgiou’s claims were strenuously denied by a spokesperson for the star.

‘Whilst it is our general policy not to comment on private matters, we would in this instance note that these highly inaccurate stories have been apparently provided to the press by the wife of a very distant family member, neither of whom has had any dealings with him for many many years.

‘It is therefore unsurprising that they are so incorrect.

‘Beyond this we have no further comment to make as the matter is now in the hands of Mr Michael’s lawyers.’

Michael himself took to Twitter yesterday to also deny the claims, saying in a tweet, ‘To my lovelies, do not believe this rubbish in the papers today by someone I don’t know anymore and haven’t seen for nearly 18 years…’

You can read the rest here. I don't need to comment any further and invade his privacy more than it already has been invaded.


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