Originally posted by Metallicus
That ends up hurting our athletes not the Russians.
It would be pointless.
First of all, no one has suggested the USA attacking Russia over this, don't be so ridiculous.
Second, why can't you do something? Why do you immediately jump to the thought of your government spending time on this?
There are already boycotts underway, with gay and gay-friendly venues all over the world banning Russian Vodka. If that spreads, with more and more
companies coming out against Russian Vodka the impact that could have on one of their most important exports could be very significant indeed. There
are also plans to pressure gay athletes to refuse to attend the winter Olympics, with several already having said that if this has not changed in 2014
they will boycott.
The IOC was forced to release a statement on it after getting "assurances" from the Russian government that LGBT people would not be arrested when
attending. This has been dismissed as pathetic damage control, and the LGBT community are not buying it, it's not about individual safety of
participants and audience, this is about the rise of hate crimes, the creation of these laws and the inaction by the state and police against those
carrying out these violent crimes against others - almost mandated by the state.
There is a lot that individuals can do...
1. Inquire with local venues about their use if Russian Vodka. Pressure them to boycott and buy from an alternative source. That takes little time and
effort and could have a major impact on Russian companies and the government.
2. Tweet athletes planning to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics and ask them about their position on it.
3. Email or write to any politician you can think of to get their view.
4. Discuss it with other people to make them aware of this problem.
5. Contact the IOC and demand a thorough explanation on their position.
The more noise there is about this from people around the world, the more likely it is that things can be changed.
But, of course, it means people actually giving a damn about Human Rights abuses, and I have a feeling that when it comes to gay people, far too many
reveal their homophobia through inaction, almost giving permission or excusing these acts of violence.