Well, activist Dan Savage started this whole #dumpstoli movement and this week saw protesters carrying signs that read “Russian vodka: infused with hate”, the dumping Russian vodka in the gutter outside New York’s Russian consulate and gay bars around the globe joining the cause by refusing to serve their patrons the stuff. But many activists though have come out against the Stoli boycott as the brand is banned from being sold in Russia and the company is based in Latvia, even though it does run a distillery in Russia and uses Russian goods. Stoli has pushed back and asserted its allegiance to the LGBT community (see their website, below) and they’ve sent out a letter detailing its history of LGBT friendliness. What else can be done instead? Well, you could donate to the Russian LGBT Network and the US could boycott the upcoming winter Olympics. Whatever noise this is making surely helps, but sadly the treatment of gays in the mother ($%#@!) land, isn’t getting better anytime soon, it seems. (via Gawker)
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