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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Here's How You Can Make President Vladimir Putin Dress Like a Gay Dude From the Castro

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

click to enlarge Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares for the Folsom Street Fair.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares for the Folsom Street Fair.

As athletes from around the world compete in the Sochi Games, activists from around the world step up their harsh condemnation of the draconian laws recently signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin, who claims that he's not homophobic, has made it a crime to "promote" homosexuality to children in Russia. The passage of these laws has seen a sharp surge in anti-gay violence across the country.

Now, two game developers from gay-friendly Amsterdam are offering a fun and ingenious way for LGBT people and allies to express their displeasure with Putin's policies.

Alwin van der Velden and Gustavo Pelogia aren't gay. That didn't stop the Amsterdam-based game developers from joining the worldwide condemnation of Russia's anti-gay crackdown. Their recently launched game, Putin Gay Dressup, allows players to give Putin a makeover that might not make the head of state happy.

"We decided to create a game after Putin made some ridiculous statements about gay rights and the spread of gay propaganda," Pelogia told SF Weekly, speaking from the Dutch Capital. "With this game we want to make use of humor to raise awareness of this subject."

Putin Gay Dressup is a departure for van der Velden and Pelogia, who've developed a number of kid-friendly gaming sites, including and

"You can dress Putin up in all sorts of 'gayish' clothing items," Pelogia explained. "When you're satisfied with the result, you can you can upload it to our public gallery. In two days, over 60,000 people played the game and some 2,000 gay Putin creations have been uploaded to the gallery."

click to enlarge Miss Thing stops by to say hi to President Obama.
  • Miss Thing stops by to say hi to President Obama.

Pelogia reports that the reaction to the game has been overwhelmingly positive, including on Putin's turf. "The game has been picked up by numerous Russian websites, so lots of visitors keep on coming in," he said. "Yesterday, our servers even broke down because of all this traffic. We've gotten almost all positive and hilarious reactions on social media."

Pelogia and van der Velden realize that one person in particular might not be a fan of their game. "Perhaps a trip to Moscow will be out of the question in the future, but we can live with that," said Pelogia. "We think it is funny and hope that Putin isn't offended too much. Maybe the gay rights discussion can pick up after he responds."

To give President Putin a much needed makeover, or to view the gallery, please visit:

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