Could Russia finally be coming round to the idea that the LGBT community are regular human beings? Not quite, but I guess ‘forgiving’ a select few gay celebrities is progress.
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The Russian edition of Maxim magazine ran an article headlined ‘Gays We Respect’, and listed several actors, authors and musicians they admire despite the fact they are gay.
We, men, do not consider men who love men to be men. This is the rule.
But there are exceptions. There are gays who have earned our respect and the right to remain real men in our eyes.
So forward-thinking of them.
The list of celebrities that made it onto their respect list include Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Neil Patrick Harris, Freddie Mercury and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. What, no Harry Styles?
Stephen Fry was described as “the living embodiment of the idea that one can be openly gay and a sensible person a the same time”.
When asked about the angle of the article, the editor said:
Our position is clearly formulated in the introduction of the article.
Meanwhile, the US Maxim were quick to distance themselves from their Russian counter-parts:
We are deeply disturbed by the article in Maxim Russia and fully condemn it. It is entirely against the views of US Maxim.
Come on Russia, sort it out. We were beginning to like you after what you did to ISIS last week.