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Russian Priest: Beards Protect From Homosexuality

Support for the compulsory hipster beard from an unlikely place:

Moscow Times -- Russian Priest Tells Men Not to Shave to 'Protect From Homosexuality' (Jun 19, 2017)

A religious leader for Russia's Old Believers has called on Russian men to stop shaving to “protect themselves from homosexuality.”

Metropolitan Kornily, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church (RPSC), said that men with beards were less likely “corrupted” by same-sex relationships.

"God set down certain rules. The Lord created everyone with a beard. No man can resist his creator,” Kornily told Russia's National News Service. "It's made a monstrous thing to see men's clothing and hairstyles changing."

In other news:

Hromadske -- This Is What Ukraine Pride Marchers Want the World to Know (Jun 18, 2017)

“We exist and we want the same rights as other people,” participants tell Hromadske at Kyiv’s fifth annual pride. It was a record-breaking success with 2500 participants coming out in support of LGBTI community. Hromadske spoke to participants at why this event was important to them.