Russian anti-gay laws impact Olympics, vodka sales

Well I don’t drink vodka at all so I can’t stop buying what I have never bought, but I understand the sentiment. I think the main goal is to protect athletes from other countries who may go to Sochi and be arrested for being gay. I’d have serious second thoughts if I were an athlete training for the Olympics.

I don’t agree with the in-your-face tactics of a gay-pride parade, but I think gestures by individual athletes would be more than acceptable.

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia’s intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism.

At many gay bars across North America, owners have joined a campaign to stop selling Russian vodka – notably the popular brand Stolichnaya. Activists also are pressing the International Olympic Committee and NBC, which holds U.S. broadcasting rights for Sochi, to be more aggressive in criticizing new Russian laws.

So far, there have been only scattered calls for a full-fledged boycott of the Sochi Games, but there is active discussion of how to convey gay-rights messages once the competition begins – including gestures by individual athletes and perhaps a gay-pride parade.

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