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Gay icon Russian dolls to be auctioned by charity

A charity is holding an auction of seven sets of Russian dolls featuring British gay icons in order to raise money for its work with the LGBT community in Russia.

The nesting dolls are hand-painted as five British gay icons Credit: Mother / The Kaleidoscope Trust

The hand-painted icons featured on the dolls are: Elton John, George Michael, Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Tom Daly.

The Kaleidoscope Trust says it commissioned the limited edition dolls in order to "stick two fingers up at homophobia in Russia this Christmas".

You can bid for the dolls online at from tomorrow until December 22nd.


Stephen Fry voted nation's ideal holiday companion

Stephen Fry has been named as the nation's ideal holiday companion.

The broadcaster and writer beat off competition from David Beckham, Kelly Brook and Keith Lemon to claim the top spot in the poll for the Radio Times.

Stephen Fry has been named as the nation's ideal holiday companion. Credit: PA Wire

Second place in the search for a perfect getaway friend went to David Beckham, with Michael Palin - who will soon rejoin Monty Python for a series of shows to be staged in 2014 - in third with David Attenborough placed in ninth position.

Jade Bremner, Radio Times travel editor, said: "I'm not surprised at all, Stephen Fry is a born traveller and would charm the pants off anyone you'd meet on your trip.

"The last thing you want when you're travelling is to be stuck with someone who can't laugh when things, often inevitably, go wrong."

Report: PM and Fry met in pub over gay rights boycott

The Mail on Sunday's sources said Stephen Fry came away "pleased" from the meeting with David Cameron. Credit: Lynne Cameron/Ian West/PA Wire

David Cameron and Stephen Fry have reportedly met in the back room of a London pub to discuss the Prime Minister's decision not to endorse a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi over Russia's treatment of gay people.

The Mail on Sunday quoted "well-placed sources" who said the politician and actor had a "very pleasant discussion" at The Grapes pub in London's East End on Monday evening.

The reported summit came days after the pair publicly exchanged their differing views on Twitter, triggered by Mr Fry calling for the snub.

PM: 'Better to challenge prejudice' by attending Sochi

The Prime Minister said last week that he believes it would be "better to challenge prejudice as we attend" the Winter Olympics in Russia, as calls from athletes to boycott it over its anti-gay laws continue.

David Cameron during an Olympic anniversary press conference last month. Credit: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Russia's pole vault world champion Yelena Isinbayeva defended the country's controversial new law, however, British heptathlete Louise Hazel said the Russian's position as ambassador for the Youth Olympics was now "ridiculous".

In response to a letter Stephen Fry wrote urging him to back the boycott, David Cameron wrote on Twitter: "I share your deep concern about the abuse of gay people in Russia...However, I believe we can better challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics".

Fry wants athletes to create gay solidarity 'symbol'

Broadcaster Stephen Fry suggested athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi should create a crossed-arm "symbol" during the Games to show support for gay people in Russia.

"All athletes in the games should find a symbol - during their performance or at the end of it, and certainly on the medial podium - to show they are thinking of the gay people of Russia," Fry told BBC News at an LGBT rally in central London.

Stephen Fry called for the Sochi Games to be moved to another country Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

He suggested athletes could adpot a "simple" symbol of crossing their arms while holding their shoulders.

"It would just take some of the sweetness of victory out of Vladmir Putin's mouth," said Fry.


Fry concedes Sochi Olympics 'won't change'

Stephen Fry said he believes the Winter Olympics in Sochi will not be moved or boycotted after David Cameron said he did not support a boycott.

"My feeling now is that it isn't going to change," Fry told BBC News.

Stephen Fry is at an LGBT protest at Whitehall against Russia's treatment of gay people Credit: ITV News

The broadcaster said his call to move the Games to another country was "probably not realistic in terms of being likely".

He added: "But it's realistic to call for it, and if it makes anybody look online and see how gays are being treated in Russia - it's horrifying and it's getting worse."

Stephen Fry asks PM 'is there nothing we can do?'

Stephen Fry said the Prime Minister "may be right" after he ruled out boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, but asked, "Is there nothing we can do?"

After David Cameron said it was "better to challenge prejudice as we attend" the event in Sochi, Fry wrote on Twitter:

PM: 'Better to challenge prejudice as we attend' Sochi

David Cameron said he believes it would be "better to challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics" in Russia.

In response to a letter Stephen Fry wrote urging him to back the boycott, the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter:

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