Shoma & Yuzuru: 2017 World Figure Skating Championships

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The 2017 World Figure Skating Championships were held in Helsinki, Finland recently and, to the surprise of pretty much nobody the free skate was dominated by Japan’s infamous shōnen-ai duo Shoma Uno & Yuzuru Hanyu.

Shoma Uno, as cute as he is talented, delivered an amazing performance once more, as it is almost expected of him at this point:

But as good as he was, it’s wasn’t quite enough because you don’t need enemies when you have friends like Yuzuru Hanyu who is in the form of his life and left no doubt about who’s in charge for now…

 

Gay Men tortured & killed in Chechen Concentration Camps

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Earlier this month more than 100 queer men have been arrested in Chechnya and rounded up in concentration camps where many have been tortured and at least 3 killed according to the BBC and the Huffington Post.

The Russian opposition news publication Novaya Gazeta first reported that men between the ages of 16 and 50 were being gathered and arrested “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such.” The paper published the names of three murder victims, and speculated many more had likely been killed, as well.

Speaking to the New York Timesthough, Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov dismissed the claims, and denied that any gay people even exist within the region at all. “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic,” he said. “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”

The sweep of arrests was apparently prompted by an application of the gay rights group GayRussia.ru for rights to celebrate a Pride parade— rights which, unsurprisingly, were immediately denied, and met with severe authoritative backlash.

Foreign ministers from the European Union, the US and UK have all urged Russia to urgently intervene. “We condemn violence against any individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis,’ a US State Department spokesperson said. “We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests, and hold the perpetrators responsible. We were likewise deeply disturbed by local authorities statements that apparently condone and even incite violence against LGBTI persons.”

How to resolve an Argument

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A fight on the floor of a men’s volleyball tournament in Japan ended with a surprise smooch between two opposing players, to the delight of their fans.

The weekend match between the teams of Sun Yamagata and Toyoda came to a halt when a referee called a foul, and Takua Takamatsu argued with Yu Yamamoto over who committed the foul. And then this happened…

After the game Takamatsu told reporters he loves Yamamoto like a little brother. Aww ☺️

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