A Russian newspaper editor was fined Wednesday for printing a quote indicating that being gay was normal.
English translations of the contentious quote differ — Gay Star News went with "My very existence is proof being gay is normal" while the Associated Press uses the clunkier "My existence itself is effectively evidence of homosexuality's normalcy."
Words aside, the quote caused complaints when it was published in a Khabarovsk newspaper in September. The suggestion that gay and straight relationships were equal was enough for editor Alexander Suturin to be punished for violating Russia's ban on "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations."
Suturin's sentencing came about a week before the start of the Sochi Olympics, which have drawn increasing international outrage at Russia's anti-gay laws and the violence they sparked.
Protests against the law have continued as the Olympics approach. Of particular note: In London recently, four ballet dancers performed a scene from "Swan Lake" before handing over a petition.
In other news:
- The Maine Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Maine school violated state law by denying a transgender girl access to the girls' restroom. The court's decision, according to Metro Weekly, is the first time by a state court to rule transgender students must be permitted to use bathrooms matching their gender identities.
- Looks like House Speaker John Boehner has drawn a line in the sand on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In a meeting with the LGBT Equality Caucus, Boehner reportedly said there was "no way" the bill would pass in 2014.
- The Indiana House of Representatives advanced a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
- Willamette College kicker Conner Mertens this week became the first active college football player to come out, Outsports reports.
- Married same-sex couples and those in civil unions are entitled to the same benefits as opposite-sex couples, Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
- NBC has opted not to rescue "Sean Saves the World," halting production on the sitcom that starred actor Sean Hayes as a divorced gay father. This means one less gay character on TV, but in this case, I can't say I mind.
- Barneys New York is featuring 17 trans models in its spring campaign, with the aim of helping "build social acceptance of transgender people." And, you know, to help them sell some clothes.