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United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association dumps Russian vodka in response to anti-LGBT laws in Russia

The United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association (URTO) along with their President, Paul Hurley, held a press conference at Desmonds Steak House with LGBT activists as they dumped Russian made vodka into the streets of Manhattan. This public display of protest occurred in response to the anti-LGBT action occurring in Russia.

Russian Official Targets Pro-Gay Artists with Visa Investigation Against Lady Gaga, Madonna

Anti-gay lawmaker Vitaly Milonov appears to be sending a message to performing artists coming to Russia: speak out in favor of gay rights and be investigated. Milonov appears to have triggered an investigation into visits to the country by Lady Gaga and Madonna, both of whom made spectacles of Russia's anti-gay laws during their performances.

Towleroad
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August 5, 2013
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Berry, four other gay nominees confirmed to high-ranking posts

The U.S. Senate confirmed for the first time an openly gay man as ambassador to a G-20 country with no opposition on Thursday evening along with four other out nominees.

John Berry, former head of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the highest-ranking openly gay Obama administration official, was approved for the position of U.S. ambassador to Australia by unanimous consent en banc along with dozens of nominees, including other gay appointees.

Washington Blade
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August 5, 2013
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French Retirement Village For LGBT Community Selling Homes Like Hotcakes

Developers of a brand new “private oasis” retirement community near Perpignan in the south of France announced this week that their exclusive neighborhood will cater specifically to gays and lesbians over the age of 50. They did so by adding a rainbow flag to a brochure advertising the development.

Queerty
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August 5, 2013
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