NASA Postpones Visit from Anti-Gay Head of Russian Space Agency

NASA has postponed a visit from Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space program who has famously made anti-LGBT statements. After the announcement to speak with space agency, NASA faced a huge backlash particularly for his comments that involved Russian supremacy, but also for saying horrible things toward women and the LGBT community.

According to Metro: “Among those comments were calling Madonna a ‘whore’ for promoting LGBTQ rights ahead of one of her concerts in Russia, attacking a Latvian politician for coming out, joking about anal sex to disparage a gay couple, and attacking an openly LGBTQ singer who won the Eurovision song contest.”

Additionally Rogozin is under sanctions from the United Nations after Russia’s acquisition of Crimea in 2014.

NASA Spokesman Megan Powers said that there is no new date scheduled to bring him back to speak.

GLAAD responded to the news: “Rice University and NASA did the right thing by standing up to the anti-LGBTQ activism that’s become a hallmark of the Trump Administration,” Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement. “Dmitry Rogozin’s anti-LGBTQ animus has no place visiting the United States, and it’s reassuring that fair-minded people put marginalized communities and their safety ahead of the Trump Administration’s toxic political agenda.”

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