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Russian Vodka Boycott

The Loyalty Economy

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

For LGBT folks, a local protest like mine and global protests like those against Barilla and Russian vodka brands are not petty affairs. We want our dollars to go to companies that do good by us. For the LGBT community, the "loyalty economy" will always trump the "'thank you' economy."

How Olympic Sponsors and the IOC Could Have Stopped Russia's Anti-Gay Law -- And Didn't

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The ugly truth about Russia's law against gay "propaganda," now the subject of worldwide protests and boycotts, is coming into view. And that includes the role of American companies sponsoring the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as well that of the International Olympic Committee.

NYC Bar Owners Join Russian Vodka Boycott

AP | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- New York City bar owners poured bottles of Russian vodka into the streets of Manhattan on Monday in a protest against Russia's crackdown o...

#DumpStoli Is Bullshit

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Ryan J. Davis

A boycott of Russian vodka (specifically Stoli) won't do anything to stop Russia's crackdown on LGBT people. It's this kind of fake activism, all tactics with no strategy, that hurt progressive causes in the long run. People feel like they've done something of value when they haven't.

LGBT Advocates Want City To Severe 'Sister City' Ties With Moscow

Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

Despite LGBT advocates urging otherwise, the city of Chicago will not be ceasing its "sister city" partnership with Moscow, Russia's capital. With ...

Boycott the Olympics? Russian Vodka? NBC? Maybe -- Here Are 5 Other Ripe Targets

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

As Russia moves in a very dark direction, a line must be drawn in the sand. American companies and politicians who court LGBT people are going to have stand against this brutal regime in no uncertain terms. And it must be expressed in actions, not just words.

Of Savage and Stoli: Should We Boycott?

Wayne Self | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Self

Russia and vodka are so closely linked that a major boycott carries heavy symbolic weight. Russia's economy benefits from the export of vodka worldwide, and a worldwide boycott by LGBT people and our allies might get the Russian government's attention.