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Press releases are not activism – How the HRC tripped itself up on the Russian issue

by Mark Segal – Philadelphia Gay News Russia is beginning to prove, under the leadership of President (and former KGB leader) Vladimir Putin, to be not only an authoritative state, but one of the most homophobic in Europe. The city of St. Petersburg and the nation itself have passed several anti-Gay laws, including one that bars Gays from getting permits to hold Pride events or meetings – and if they do so anyway, they risk physical attack. Now comes the new anti-Gay propaganda law, signed by Putin. Under the law, any LGBT person caught talking about Gay rights or demonstrating for Gay rights, or any two men or women showing affection (e.g., holding hands), can be arrested. Think it’s just a joke? Ask the people who have already been hauled off to jail, including four Dutch tourists. They were eventually deported. Giving credit where it’s due, actor/writer Harvey Fierstein first made an issue of Russia’s policies, followed by Dan S

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