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Two Russian Gold Medalists Stand Up To Putin, Kiss On Winner’s Podium Despite Anti-Gay Sentiment

Finally, two women hooking up in public are garnering “the right” kind of attention. After winning the gold medal in the 4×400 relay at the World Championships in Moscow, Russian sprinters Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova locked lips on the winner's podium.

A bold move not only because it's two chicks kissing, but more importantly, because it's in protest of Russa's recent anti-gay “propaganda” laws.

As the 2014 Winter Olympics set in Sochi, Russia are quickly approaching, many are speaking out against the government's unequal policies. Some are calling for a boycott of the games, while others – like these two brave athletes – are acting out in protest.

We use the word “brave” to describe Ryzhova and Firova because this daring act could easily damage their careers. Russia has, in the past, condemned their athletes who oppose the government's regulations.

“We want to protect our children whose psyches have not formed from the propaganda of drug use, drunkenness, and non-traditional sexual relations,” Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said to the AP.

Well, considering that this is the kiss-heard-round-the-world, chances are your kids are already exposed, Mutko.

Photo courtesy Twitter/Galead Network 

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Laura Argintar

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