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February 10, 2014

Debbie Harry has revealed that Blondie were approached to perform at the Sochi Winter Olympics but turned down the offer over Russia’s human rights record

Blondie singer Debbie Harry has revealed that her band was approached to play during the Sochi Winter Olympics but turned down the offer over Russia’s human rights record.

Harry took to Twitter to post a photo of the offer by the Red Rocks Festival which is being held in Sochi as part of the Cultural Olympiad which surrounds the games.

On it she had written, ‘Pass – human rights.’

Blondie had been asked to travel to the games to perform in front of a crowd of 25,000 people during a 45 minute set on 13 February with a 9pm start.

December 18, 2013

A far-reaching amnesty means the members of Pussy Riot, as well as the Greenpeace activists, could be freed

Russia is set to release two members of the pro-gay, anti-Putin, punk group Pussy Riot as early as tomorrow (19 December).

The parliament has passed a wide-ranging amnesty law unanimously, allowing first-time offenders, minors and women with small children to be freed from prison.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhnia staged a punk performance in Moscow’s main cathedral early last year.

During the performance, they included a reference to the country’s persecuted LGBT community with the line ‘Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains’.

April 5, 2013

Police in north west England will now treat attacks on punks, goths and emos as they do assaults on gay, disabled or ethnic minority people – something our own communities can learn from

Greater Manchester Police in north-west England have made a groundbreaking decision on hate crime that could cultivate greater respect for diversity as a whole.

From now, crimes motivated by hate against people from various music subcultures – emos, goths and punks – will be recorded as such.

If other police forces follow their lead it could benefit not just goths and punks but also the trans community.

May 8, 2012

CM Punk apologizes for suggesting anti-gay follower kill himself

North Carolina voters are at the polls today deciding the fate of Amendment One, legislation that will ban the state from recognizing civil unions, strip away domestic partner benefits and could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples.

Passions have been heated on both sides of the issue in recent days and led to a war of words on Twitter between pro wrestler CM Punk and a homophobic supporter of the measure.