Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Will It Be Unsafe for Gay People to Travel In Russia?

Here's the scoop.  It starts with columnist Chicagoan Dan Savage authoring, "Why I'm Boycotting Russian Vodka."  He makes a plea for gay people to stop drinking Russian vodka to protest the Kremlin's aggressive anti-gay laws.  It's now a movement that has gay bars all around the world dumping Russian vodka to show their displeasure with the country's treatment of gay people.

According to The Atlantic Wire:
True, these viral movements often get branded as "slacktivism," a term that suggests people are not really doing anything to help the cause at hand. But, then again, the vodka ban is not asking for your money — only your attention to the plight of gays in Russia and, perhaps, a moment of thought about whether you want to patronize companies that might be a little too friendly with the Kremlin. 
Read the entire article:  Gay Bars' Ban on Russian Vodka Is Going Global

Savage writes a syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love (appears weekly in the Chicago Reader).

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