Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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

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Boycott The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
A concept similar to the divestment-based idea behind the Stoli boycott, but on a much, much larger scale. And besides financial pressure as a means to an end—which would be staggering if this petition demanding Coca-Cola, Panasonic, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, and Visa pull their sponsorship from the games holds sway—the 2014 Olympics themselves have become a significant safety issue. In spite of limp assurances from Olympics officials that LGBT athletes, their friends, and families would be safe during the games, just this morning a high-level Russian politician announced that gay Olympic athletes will, in fact, be subject to arrest. Not long after, protestors headed uptown to the Russian Consulate, dumping vodka in front of the building and demanding a repeal of the nation's new anti-gay laws prior to the games.

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