Wednesday, July 31, 2013

3 Good Ways To Support LGBT Russians <i>Besides</i> Boycotting Stoli

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

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After weeks of brewing awareness and outrage over the truly horrific position in which Russia has happily left any and all of its LGBT citizens, Gothamist reported earlier this week that several New York bars are joining the Dan Savage-led boycott of Stolichnaya and other Russian brands of vodka. Responses have been decidedly mixed, ranging from enthusiastic support to accusations of oddly nationalist "slacktivism," and even on-the-ground Russian activists are divided on the issue. Some have publicly said there's "no point" to such a boycott, and some think it should be expanded to other Russian brands.

At the very least, the boycott has been raising much-needed international awareness of a staggering human rights issue, but whether you're edgy about the ethics of this whole thing, don't really ever drink vodka by choice to begin with (that'd be me), or just want to find as many options as possible, there are other ways you can help out.

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