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Logo TV To Host Online Town Hall About Russian Homophobia

Logo TV knows the community buzz when it hears it. That’s why the channel is sponsoring a one-hour, live-stream discussion on NewNowNext.com on the growing problem of Russian homophobia. The session, called “Logo Town Hall: Russia vs. The Gays,” will be held today at 4 p.m. EDT. Hosting the show will be former ESPN Radio Host Jared Max. Among the guests are Olympic medalist diver Greg Louganis; Andre Banks, executive director of AllOut.org; Nina Long, co-president of RUSA LGBT; and Roman Mamonov, a Russian freelance journalist who applied for asylum and moved from Moscow to New York nine months ago.
Guest will participate via live video chat. Viewers can Tweet questions and reactions using #LogoTownHall or post them on Logo’s Facebook page. Submissions will also be accepted via Vine and Instagram questions using #LogoTownHall.
“Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law is a critical topic for the LGBT community, and we want to provide an interactive and educational forum to discuss this human rights issue,” said Lisa Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Logo. “We look forward to convening future town halls that will address the current events and breaking news that matters most to our viewers.”

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9 Comments

  • geosin

    How can this site report on Russian Homophobia when every third post is an advertisement for Stoli Vodka? Boo Queerty. Hisssss.

  • 2eo

    @geosin: Actually, to make matters worse, Queerty is owned by GayCities, who have recently retracted a load of comments and articles about the climate in Russia, and are only pushing Moscow as a positive worthwhile destination.

    It’s bad here, it’s outright criminal on their owner site.

  • Cam

    1. I”m shocked that Logo had time to do this in between episodes of “16 and Pregnant” and all the other non-gay content.

    2. Let me guess, LOGO has gotten plenty of pressure from it’s corporate parent to try to soft peddle anything about the situation in Russia.

  • 2eo

    @Cam: Yesterday they hilariously said in an article about the Sochi olympic organisers panicking about advertisers boycotting the event that a boycott won’t work.

    I also noticed the transparent race card they played by moving from the mysterious “Editors” to having them posted by Oscar Raymundo, a standard race baiting tactic. Queerty and their parent site absolutely aren’t above pulling that card when they want the critics to stop.

  • DonW

    @geosin: Amen. They’re not even subtle. The phony “news” items (with comments disabled) are condescending propaganda that treats gay men as suggestible idiots. Russian or not, Stoli has lost my business for a long, long time, and Queerty (though I’ll still read it) has lost much of its credibility.

  • Jorval

    Sorry…

    Some of the homophobia and hatred coming out of several Southern states could serve as a textbook for the Russians….

  • MK Ultra

    I hope this discussion will be serious and not try to soft sell Russian propaganda that “gay people dance over rainbows in Moscow! Everything is fine”, because the issue is very serious . People are being kidnapped, tortured, beaten, raped (ironically by men claiming to be against homosexuality) and murdered. People are having their careers ruined and are committing suicide. To downplay that would be to spit in the face of Russian LGBT and Logo and any media associated with it would be discredited as bought off by Russian interests.

  • 2eo

    @MK Ultra: They are already bought off, they were bought before the law went into effect.

  • Fitz

    Wow, Tuesday at 4:00 on a nothing channel, the parent company is going to get it’s gay cred on by usurping reruns of 16 & pregnant.

    This is like when car companies sell cheap tiny cars at cost… it’s just to get the right to say “we have fuel efficient cars” even though everyone is buying the tanks.

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