More on Russian television trying to drop a gay journalist off along a highway in the middle of nowhere as retaliation for him speaking out against Dear Leader Putin. RFE/RL:
Kirchick said that after RT producers in Moscow abruptly cut off his audio feed, he headed to the airport in a prearranged taxi that the station agreed to pay for as part of his appearance agreement.
“So about halfway down the highway on the way to the airport, my driver gets a phone call from his boss saying that the car ride has been canceled and that he’ll have to drop me off on the side of the road,” Kirchick said.
“And I told him that I would pick up the tab. But at the end, actually, at the airport, he said that the ride was free, so maybe we have some anti-Putin activists in the Swedish taxi company.”
He said RT didn’t explain their actions but did call him to tell him his ride was being canceled. Kirchick said he used “adult language and told them where to put it.”
RT bureaus in Moscow and Washington did not respond to e-mailed requests for comment.
Tour operators to Russia are canceling trips, giving tourists option to pick another destination.
Even as the list of celebs choosing not to get a new passport stamp from Russia grows, we are seeing a number of tour operators like Isram, Atlantis and RSVP pull visits to the country from itineraries and tours. Such laws not only have a direct effect of the Russian LGBT community, but also causes a trickle-down effect on tourism as a whole. Even just a fraction of the 22,281,000 visitors per year can cause a huge dent in the tourism Rubles spent by foreign travelers.
Gay Australian snowboarder, Olympic hopeful, Belle Brockhoff, speaks out against Russian anti-gay law.
Actor Wentworth Miller comes out as gay, turns down award, boycotts St. Petersburg film festival, over anti-gay law.
Russia may lose world dog show after American Kennel Club asks world body to move dog show from Moscow in 2016.
Russians have some crazy notion that we’re somehow okay with Muslim anti-gay bigots:
One may only wonder what will happen in 2022, during the World Cup in Qatar, where any homosexual relations are punishable by imprisonment for five years and whipping.
It would be very interesting to see whether the supporters of boycott will be swift and arrogant enough to threaten the Wahhabi monarchy. They seem to be determined to behave so towards Russia, whose patience, in the long run, deserves an appraisal.
If you people would get your heads out of your butts, and read what goes on in the rest of the world, you’d know that we routinely criticize Muslim countries that oppress gays, women, and everyone else.
Something to think about:
MT Masha Gessen: “There’s no way Russia will repeal the laws, but with pressure they might dial back the hate campaign.” via @nancygoldstein
— RUSA LGBT (@RUSALGBT) August 22, 2013
Russians give gay-romance film hard time getting exhibition license.
A problem not even ice-dancing can fix:
Perhaps it was foolish to expect any different from the descendants of the people who gave Adolf Hitler a chance to parade his regime on the world stage in 1936, and the literal people who have refused, again and again, to allow any official commemoration of the Israeli athletes slaughtered in Munich’s Olympic Village in 1972. But here’s the thing: I have internalized enough anti-Semitism over the years to think that almost makes sense. I mean, it’s Jewish stuff, what do you expect? This however, is different. The traditional powerhouses of the Winter Olympics—the countries where people are very, very good at things like ski jumping and the luge, tend to be right in the heart of the Aryan Country: your Austrians, your Germans, your Swedes, your Danes. I mean, the Nordic combined—it’s right there in the title, people. These also tend to be the countries with the most enlightened policies toward LGBT people (after that little blip from 1933 to 1945, that is). And I didn’t think the IOC would do this to them. The Israelis, yes. But some big gay (or gay-friendly) ubermensch from Norway, while the whole world watches? Not on your life.
I guess it just goes to show you, it’s a slippery slope, the most recent modern embodiment of Martin Niemöller’s famous “First they came …” principle. Whenever a governing body is allowed to deem the mere insistence of a group’s simple right to exist, openly and without fear, to be a question of “politics,” nobody is safe. Not even the Swedes. Not even the Swiss. To paraphrase Shirley Bassey: Your games are a sham, ’til you can say, hey world, I am what I am. And it’s a problem not even ice dancing can fix.