Add "Star Trek" star Chris Pine to a growing list of people speaking out against Russia's controversial anti-gay law.
The legislation ostensibly bans the promotion of "nontraditional sexual relations to minors" and has been responsible for a rise in anti-gay violence.
While making the rounds to promote his latest movie, Hollywood hunk Pine dubbed the legislation as "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense."
More notably, Pine criticized the U.S. response to Russia's crackdown on gay rights, saying "I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there." (The White House's Sochi delegation includes three out former Olympic athletes, including figure skater Brian Boitano.)
Pine, for those of you wondering why this came up in the first place, is promoting a film in which his character is trying to halt a terror attack that originates in Russia. The movie, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," is based on a book by Baltimore native Tom Clancy.
Which, as far as I'm concerned, is reason enough for Pine to come to Baltimore for an interview.
Beaming up to other news:
- While Russia's been getting a lot of attention for its anti-LGBT attitudes, the anti-gay crusade appears to be far more gruesome. In the wake of the signing of a law criminalizing homosexuality, Nigerian police have started arresting dozens of gay men. BuzzFeed reports that police are allegedly basing their arrests on a list of more than 100 men that was obtained through torture. This is a rapidly developing situation, so if you're trying to learn more, Towleroad's list of 16 things to know is a good place to start.
- An Arizona state representative has introduced legislation that would allow business owners to discriminate against LGBT individuals so long as they have strong religious beliefs leading them to do so.
- Like Maryland, Delaware will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah.
- NBC reportedly ordered a pilot about a bisexual comics character John Constantine. Not sounding familiar? The Advocate has the skinny.
- FX's new show "Chozen," about a gay white rapper, premiered this week.
- Last, but not least, a gay black couple has been the target of vitriolic tweets and comments after posting photos of their family on Instagram. Because even though it's 2014, people still haven't grasped the idea that family comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors.
It's been a busy week here in Maryland, so that's all we've got. What LGBT-related news has you buzzing this week?
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