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Russia Demonizing Gay Citizens

By Charlotte Robinson, July 23, 2013

Last month in St. Petersburg Russia a group of 50 people bravely held rainbow flags participating in St. Petersburg’s fourth Pride parade dodging stones, smoke bombs, plastic bottles & eggs. The activists illegally demanded equal rights for LGBT people & by publicly doing so they broke a city bylaw that is about to go national. Gay Icon Harvey Fierstein has blasted Russia's President Vladimir Putin for declaring war on our Russian LGBT community stating, “Mr. Putin’s campaign against lesbian, gay & bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain taken straight from the Nazi playbook. Can we allow this war against human rights to go unanswered?” With Russia hosting the Winter Olympics in 2014 Fierstein added in his statement in the New York Times, “In 1936 the world attended the Olympics in Germany. Few participants said a word about Hitler’s campaign against the Jews. Supporters of that decision point proudly to the triumph of Jesse Owens, while I point with dread to the Holocaust & world war. There is a price for tolerating intolerance.” Fierstein, whose stage hits currently include “Kinky Boots” as well as his breakthrough performances in “Torch Song Trilogy” & “Hairspray” adds that Putin wants to distract his people, 'Historically this kind of scapegoating is used by politicians to solidify their bases & draw attention away from their failing policies, & no doubt this is what’s happening in Russia.”' As we reported last month Putin has already signed into law anti gay adoption policies. Now four Dutch tourists have been jailed under Russia's "gay propaganda" law after they were suspected of promoting homosexuality to children. Updates to Come…
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