Found August 18, 2013 on The Other Paper:
Russian athletes Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova shared a kiss on the medal stand Saturday after winning gold at the World Athletics Championships in the 4×400 meter relay, sparking a debate over whether the gesture was a sign of celebration, or a defiant protest of their country’s anti-LGBT laws. Neither athlete has released a statement about the kiss and it was unclear Sunday if it was in protest. The kiss nevertheless is a slap in the face of Russia’s law banning any form of “homosexual propaganda.” While Sky News seems certain that the kiss was a political statement, others aren’t so sure. Gay Star News says it is “unclear” whether the kiss was merely a sign of affection or whether the athletes were “blatantly defying Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ laws since neither of the athletes have released a statement.” Regardless, the kiss could land the athletes in legal trouble considering it expressly goes against the much-criticized law that bans anything that may be seen as a promotion of homosexuality. Earlier in the week, another Russian track athlete, Yelena Isinbayeva, backtracked on comments that appeared to support the law. “If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people,” said Isinbayeva Thursday. “We just live with boys with women, women with boys.” LGBT activists have called for a boycott of the upcoming Sochi winter olympics in protest over the law, which grants officials the authority to arrest gay people or those suspected of being gay.

Russian sprinters kiss on award podium

Two members of the gold-medal winning 4x400 relay team at the World Championships, Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, kissed on the podium in Russia.

Celebratory kiss or a statement?

Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova were part of a Russian 4x400 meter relay team that won the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, and after the race Saturday, the two shared a kiss on the medal podium. The kiss is being viewed as the latest symbol of protest against Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws that have some calling for a boycott of next year'...

This Is How You Say F-Off To Russia’s New Law Against “Homosexual Propaganda”

Tatyana Firova and Kseniya Ryzhova know exactly how to tell Mother Russia and their VERY questionable recent legislative decisions to go to hell. We love every part of this. The two beautiful young ladies had just finished winning the gold medal in the women’s 4×400 relay at the World Athletics Championships. [Grigory Dukor/Reuters] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Russian Runners Make Out after Winning at World Championship (Photo)

While it’s been years coming, tolerance for homosexuality in sports is slowly becoming more open. This isn’t the case everywhere in the world, especially in Russia. CBS Sports is reporting that two Russian track athletes may have been responding to a ban in their native country on homosexual propaganda. While on the podium accepting their gold medals for winning the 4×400 Kseniya...
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