Bars Pour Out ‘Vodka’ to Protest Russia Anti-Gay Laws
LOS ANGELES — An international backlash against Russia’s recently enacted anti-gay laws was gathering momentum Thursday.
A number of bars worldwide stopped serving Russian vodka to protest the country’s stance on homosexuality.
In West Hollywood bar owners and patrons staged “vodka-dumping” protests.
The anger was directed at a new Russian law which bars the public discussion of gay rights and relationships anywhere children might overhear.
As Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the resort city of Sochi, there was also great concern about what the legislation will mean for gay athletes and visitors to the country.
While the International Olympic Committee has said Russia will not enforce the law during the Sochi Games, the country’s sports minister said the opposite Thursday, asserting foreign nationals will be subject to the law.