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Re: Nick Symmonds, silver medallist in 800m, dedicates medal to gay people

Originally Posted by KournikovaFan91 View Post
Yeah a few more media outlets are reporting the kiss now, also people saying it may have meant nothing, just because they girls don't give a press conference doesn't mean it isn't a statement.
It did most likely mean nothing. People from the sportswomen camps say so. Besides, again, to clarify, if you are not familiar Russian cultural take on this...
In Russian culture same-sex kissing is not considered sexual ( and that's actually an illustration of LGBT elements traditionally never even considered any significant part of life in Russia ) . Women casually kiss each other when friends meet. Men kissing in similar circumstances is totally normal. Russian communist leaders kissing each other or foreign leaders ( the anecdotal reference of Brezhnev trying to kiss Carter at their 76 summit is actually true story ) was something we all loao...
So kissing is no big deal. But partner-like gestures , like walking hand-in-hand is much more of a taboo.

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