World Press Photo Awards Intimate Image of Gay Couple in Russia

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    Feb 12, 2015 1:04 PM GMT
    An atmospheric image of a gay couple in Russia by Danish photographer Mads Nissen was crowned the World Press Photo of the Year 2014 on Thursday.

    The intimate image of Jon and Alex is part of a larger project by Nissen called "Homophobia in Russia" that highlights how life is increasingly difficult for sexual minorities in Russia.

    Nissen said he sees the image, shot in St. Petersburg, as "a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story" about two people in love but facing outside forces who want to deny them their feelings.


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    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/photo/world-press-photo-awards-intimate-image-gay-couple-russia-n304911
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    Feb 12, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
    It's beautiful. Best wishes to the couple.
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    Feb 14, 2015 2:43 AM GMT
    dayumm saidIt's beautiful. Best wishes to the couple.

    Indeed. But Russia is even more homophobic than the US South, their politicians more full of anti-gay hatred than our own US Republicans. Though both groups campaign and appeal to their supporters on extreme anti-gay platforms.

    So that I don't think there will be any big changes soon in Russian anti-gay measures. In fact, I expect them to get worse before they get better. And I worry for 2 guys like this.
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    Feb 14, 2015 2:51 AM GMT
    Very nice pic.

    During the Olympics in Sochi, I remember hearing in the news that the mayor of Sochi claimed, "there are no gays here." icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 14, 2015 4:56 AM GMT
    polfsky saidVery nice pic.

    During the Olympics in Sochi, I remember hearing in the news that the mayor of Sochi claimed, "there are no gays here." icon_rolleyes.gif

    Yes, I remember that, also. In a way reminded me of the Republican "Say No Gay" laws in some US States (aka "Don't Say Gay"), that can get school teachers fired if they so much as say the word gay in the classroom, or confirm our existence. I guess we gays also don't officially exist in some US States that have proposed these laws.