Some of his best friends are gay, OK? Vladimir Putin tried to reassure the world that neither homosexuals nor their straight supporters would be punished at the Winter Olympics, despite the new anti-gay law in Russia that bans "gay propaganda." The law had been a concern of gay athletes and advocates, some who called for a boycott of the games. Putin said that visitors would be protected from any threats and insisted that Russia does not discriminate against gays in a rare interview with the AP. “Tchaikovsky was a homosexual,” he said. “Truth be told, we don't love him because of that, but he was a great musician, and we all love his music. So what?"