Two female Russian athletes kiss on the podium after taking the gold.

Earlier this summer at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Nick Symmonds defied the Russians by dedicating his 800m silver medal to LGBT people in protest of Russia’s anti-gay laws.  Yesterday two female Russian athletes, Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova, shared a kiss on the podium after winning the gold in the 4×400 relay.

Russian sources are saying the kiss was congratulatory, not to protest the laws.  In a country so hostile to homosexuality though, I find that hard to believe.

Said Vitaly Mutko, the Russian sports minister:

“I think this is kind of an invented problem,” he said. “We don’t have a law banning non-traditional sexual relations, we have a different law.

“It is the informational protection of the young generation. We want to prevent the young generation, whose psyche has not been formulated.

“We want to protect them against drunkenness, drugs and non-traditional sexual relations. We want them to grow up and when they become adults they have to define what they want.”

One can only wonder, then, why the law only prohibits talking to young people about homosexuality and not about straight sex.  Wouldn’t that be putting a particular kind of attraction into the minds of young people?

What’s more, to compare loving another man/woman (or even just plain ol’ sex with them) to drugs and drunkenness in terms of how they might harm someone is ludicrous beyond words.  It is the very core of what it means to be anti-gay.  If “traditional” sexual relations (which a cursory study of human sexuality will reveal to be not very traditional) are ok, then same-sex relations are also ok.

  • invivoMark

    I suspect those “Russian sources” are calling it a “congratulatory” kiss for the athletes’ protection – and possibly their own, as well. Being sympathetic to gay rights is downright dangerous in Russia, and especially for journalists.

  • Loqi

    We want to protect them against drunkenness, drugs and non-traditional sexual relations.

    Oh man, the vodka distilleries are going to be pissed when they learn Russia is planning to outlaw alcohol, too. I mean, if you’re going to protect children…

  • Umlud

    I wonder what the “explanation” would be if it were two male athletes that shared a kiss on the podium. After all, women kissing each other on the lips is far more permissible than males.

    • EvolutionKills

      That’s because two woman kissing is way hotter.

      And if all of the men that got a boner from seeing two women kiss (and much more) were honest with themselves and didn’t act like homophobic douche-nozzles, the world would be a better place. If you enjoy and fap to porn with more than 1 lady in it, you need to stop being a homophobic dick. That is all.

      • Feminerd

        Hmph. Says you. I get quite wet when two attractive men kiss, thank you very much.

        • EvolutionKills

          Not my cup of tea, but that’s alright.

          Still, men who get boners from watching two men kiss should be also be honest with themselves and not be homophobic dicks. If they watch any porn that involves more than 1 dude in it, same idea.