Netherlands 2: Russia 2

Interesting gay-related (?) spat going on! Dutch police arrest a Russian diplomat in The Hague on suspicion of ‘mistreating his children’. Shortly after, Russians enter the flat of a Dutch diplomat in Moscow, rough him up, and spray graffiti on the walls including (in western characters) our ‘LGBT’ – additionally therefore thought to be a Kremlin-inspired response to European acceptance of gay rights. Next, the flat of a Russian diplomat in The Netherlands is burgled. Then the Murmansk office of Greenpeace, base of the Dutch-registered ship whose crew are now on trial for piracy following the oil-rig invasion, is turned over, presumably by Russian agents… what next?

As gay guys with an interest in gay rights, and our distaste of Kremlin attitudes to gay rights (or rather lack of) in Russia, these news stories have rather got our attention. But all we can really do is sit and ponder the situation…


…and express our support for gay rights for our Russian contemporaries in whatever ways we can.

pigeonchess This doesn’t quite express our contempt for Russia over gay rights – and its not just Russia, of course, but many African nations too – but it is rather to the point. The dictators of these nations (and we count Putin as such) are the blindfold idiots that the rest of the LGBT community has to play chess with… and win. We will.

On the subject of ‘beating up’ (see a previous post), just want to clear something up about the lesbian mums of Dave’s daughter and my son. Right from the outset (13 years ago) they were a pair of Amazons, determined to exceed the feats of all the guys in Chad’s gym (weights, wrestling, endurance), spent a lot of time kicking seven bells out of each other, as well as performing painful feats of body burning, fire breathing and (until recently) regular hook suspensions as part of their regular public fakir performances, in which we occasionally participate with the nails, glass bed, and latterly swords. They have long since been declared ‘honorary boys’, so there was never any possibility that they would exclude themselves from a gut-punching contest, however stupid the ‘sport’ may appear. Having said that, as mums, they are the sweetest and best mums the kids could possibly ask for. Two straight and upright kids, from two lesbian mums and two gay dads. And their mum’s extreme gym sessions are always in the exclusive private adult times. There you go.

balance on swords prep As for the sword thing (ladders, especially), Dave and I were very resistant for a long time. But, as Kirill Kalutskikh shows here, preparing to perform a hand balance on sharp swords, it is the art of the possible. Swords don’t cut if you don’t slide them along your skin, just as you can’t slice bread without moving the knife back and forth. Trade secrets…

Special OfferMuch more of all this, including the ‘honorary boys’ and their exploits but (thankfully) excluding Russians, can be found in these unexceptional volumes, the product of my amateur pen. Your support, by buying and reading, is always appreciated and helps to pay the bills…

OK. A break from politics, and from whatever it is whoever it is might or might not do in a private gym situation!

A few non-violent and (hopefully) non-political pictures celebrating (as always) the built male form, then.

No excessive muscle here, but all-round excellence:

Brandon Gray

Nothing to be ashamed of here, either:


Building the muscle up:


Putting it to good use:


…or just showing it off:


Russians do it too, even in the most spartan of facilities…


…a slightly inelegant one-arm ‘croc’ – but he has built the strength and developed the balance. Of course, we now worry slightly that even the sight of two guys being sociable together in Russia would find them on the receiving end of abusive behaviour. A couple of pictures now, dedicated to Putin’s thugs, of just ordinary guys doing ordinary things – together:

two pose

two for price of one

To close, the one that exposes several layers of gay ‘stuff’ and raises two fingers to Putin’s dictat that gay impulses are simply obscene rather than the natural way of things for people like us:


Don’t let Putin (or anyone else) destroy the blissful happiness that two gay guys in love can share. And let’s root for the Dutch, whose liberal attitude to the gay lifestyle we applaud, whilst urging them to exercise caution in being overtly political – remember those anti-muslim cartoons and the dreadful outcome of that? So, this tit-for-tat game between Russia and The Netherlands needs to stop before it gets out of hand. Let’s hope that the full-time score is the same as the scoreline at half time – two all.

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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  1. Pingback: No, No, Nicolosi! | Tony Cavanagh

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