Volvo includes gay couple in new ad

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Volvo features a gay couple in its new commercial for its XC60 model.

The commercial shows the car taking on city streets and hilly paths as people live their lives alone and with their significant others. One such couple are two men who appear only briefly. The couple can be seen lovingly pressing their foreheads together towards the end of the commercial.

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Anti-gay laws spark international responses

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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The Olympic Symbol is five intertwined rings—blue, gold, black, green and red—that represent the unity of each of the Earth’s five continents. Traditionally, the event has been a time for nations of the world to come together to compete in a friendly and welcoming environment.

However, Winter Olympics 2014 host country Russia is under scrutiny for its decidedly anti-LGBT acts as the lens of the nation focuses on the games in Sochi, and president Vladimir Putin is unmoved toward making change to the anti-gay “propaganda” laws he has passed within the last year, which would serve as a gag rule on the existence of LGBTs, punishable by hefty fines and jail time.

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Olympics opens the doors for activisim on anti-gay Russian laws

By : Wire Report
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NEW YORK (AP) – Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets – including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7.

Over the past two weeks, two major sponsors, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, have seen some of their Sochi-related social media campaigns commandeered by gay-rights supporters who want the companies to condemn the law. Several activists plan to travel to Sochi, hoping to team up with sympathetic athletes to protest the law while in the Olympic spotlight.

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