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David Cameron, Stephen Fry and Evgeny Lebedev attend private drinks days after Sochi concerns raised

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  1. “Although this was confirmed to PinkNews, we acceded to multiple requests for it not to be publicised, as it was a private meeting. However, given that the story is now in the public domain, it seems appropriate to report on the meeting.”

    How could you describe the Prime Minister meeting a number of celebrities in a public house – note the word, public, Pink News as a private meeting?

    Would you be so quick to label this as a private meeting and therefore not report on it if it concerned David Cameron meeting with someone like Cardinal O Brien in a pub in Scotland with the inference that they were talking about same-sex-marriage proposals?

    You’ve gone down in my estimation, you really have.

    This is news and it should be reported and commented on.

    If David Cameron and Mr Fry want private meetings, then hold them in private places, not pubic houses.

    1. Benjamin Cohen 18 Aug 2013, 11:24am

      Ordinarily I would agree. However, in this case, we didn’t know what was being discussed and we felt that if we are asked for it not to be reported on then we should follow their requests. It was perfectly possible that reporting on something could harm whatever was being talked about.

      It is not the same as David Cameron going for a drink with a homophobe. He went for a drink with two outspoken human rights supporters who are concerned about the situation in Russia.

      1. I think private meeting is perfectly acceptable, unlike the DM who described it as a “secret summit”.

      2. So we shouldn’t come here for unbiased journalism? You know, reporting the news and letting us form our own opinions. I think I expect too much from this site. I can’t even believe the +1 anymore

        1. Dude the site is free and you choose to come here, why are you even complaining? If you want better journalism become a journalist and make your own LGBT news site !

  2. Jock S. Trap 18 Aug 2013, 10:46am

    At least we have a PM who actually does seem approachable which I think is more so than before.

    I take my hat off to both Stephen Fry and David Cameron for meeting and be willing to talk.

    I’m sure both took worries and solutions on board.

  3. Gay rights are human rights, so how can the IOC say rainbow armbands are political?

    1. A valid comment!
      And: All athletes will enter or exit the stadiums with their national flag, a source of recognition and pride! how many will say their flag is a “political statement”?
      Yet: Any athlete entering the stadium with a rainbow flag… also recognized internationally as a symbol of recognition and pride, would be deemed a political statement! If any flag is internationally recognized… who deems it an identity or political symbol?

  4. Pink News has gone Up in my estimation for Not blabbing about this meeting – the PM has every right to have dinner with two people he knows – if it had have been leaked the meeting may well have been called off. Stephen Fry is a respected actor and campaigner, not that hideous tabloid term ‘celebrity’. If this private meeting has contributed to further raising the profile of the Russian oppression of its gay citizens, then all parties, including PN, should be congratulated. What difference does it make if we know about this meeting now or a week ago?

  5. Jock S. Trap 18 Aug 2013, 12:12pm

    For all those I’ve heard recently (not necessarily here) say why the need for The Gay Games… See Sochi, See Russia!.

    Though unlike those discriminating countries is open for all.

  6. Paul Halsall 18 Aug 2013, 12:31pm

    Charles Stuart, a Labour candidate blames the gay lobby for attacking Russia

    https://www.facebook.com/charles.stewart.1217

  7. thelostdot 18 Aug 2013, 1:00pm

    Oh how nice. How very nice and lovely for you all! But what is actually being done?

  8. Derek Williams 18 Aug 2013, 4:09pm

    The craven capitulation of the IOC to Russian government bullying cannot be allowed to sit where it is. The IOC and more recently the USOC have in effect endorsed Russia’s recriminalisation of homosexuality by ordering all athletes to “respect Russia’s law” and shut the hell up, right down to painting their fingernails the “right colour” (not Rainbow). If it were ANY other minority, the IOC and the USOC would be calling on Russia to “respect the Olympic Charter” it signed up to. Anything can be turned into a “crime” by a hostile government simply by passing a law. For example Jews became illegal at the stroke of a pen under the Nazis. Would today’s IOC tell Berlin athletes of the day to “respect Nazi law”?

    The IOC and USOC therefore need to be brought in line with their own charter, and insist that Russia abide by it or desist from holding any future events of international goodwill. Same goes for upcoming events in other countries that criminalise homosexuality.

  9. Private drinks? Oh jolly good, how pleasant. Especially when they’re on the stagflated British taxpayer.

    1. Paul Halsall 18 Aug 2013, 5:42pm

      We have economic problems. Stagflation is not one of them

    2. Christopher Coleman 18 Aug 2013, 6:01pm

      Are you sure taxpayers footed the bill?

    3. Do you have any evidence that the taxpayer paid for the drinks? No, thought not.

      Given that it’s Evgeny Lebedev’s pub, I’d guess that the drinks were on the house !

      And who would you rather David Cameron’s drinking companions were – outstanding gay rights supporters such as David Burrowes, Peter Bone, and Ann Widdecombe?

  10. Hmm, what are they discussing I wonder? I’m praying they are conceptualizing a dazzling equal rights protest for Russia, or perhaps drafting an LGBT curriculum for schools, but somehow I know this won’t be true.

  11. Well the way it looks is governments generally want the games to go ahead in rRussia regardless, though there will be some gentlemanly disproval of the new laws. Russian athletes will at least be disciplined over any LGBT approval and certainly already othther athletes have been threatened with disciplinary action for any overt LGBT support Anyone else attending the games as competitors,spectators or journalists will be held to account for any pro LGBT support and subject to the new laws and the IOC will be impotent to support the ideals of fairness and sport for all which it professes

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