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Harvey Fierstein: ‘Boycott The Winter Olympics — Our Brothers And Sisters In Russia Need Us NOW!’

by David Badash on July 15, 2013

in Celebrities,News,Politics

Tony Award-winning actor, playwright, and LGBT activist Harvey Fierstein is urging people to boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia because of Vladimir Putin‘s anti-gay laws that essentially make anything LGBT a crime.

“It’s time to start paying attention to what’s going on in Russia in case you haven’t yet,” Fierstein said in a recent Facebook post. “Putin has declared war on the gay community. He’s made it illegal to promote homosexuality in theater, film, tv, print that in any way could be seen by youth. In other words anything gay is now pornography.

“He’s outlawed the adopting of Russian children to any country that has legalized marriage equality.

“And now it is reported that his next law will remove the children of GLBT families from their homes. This will apply to biological children as well as formerly adopted ones.

“This is a horror. Not only for our community but even for straight families. Already divorced parents are threatening one another with blackmail to tell authorities that their ex is now gay just to control parental rights.

“Putin wants this attack against human rights to be his legacy. He believes he can get the backing of the Vatican as well as all other conservative religious leaders to join his cause.

“What can we do?,” the eight-time Tony Award winner asked. “Make his actions and his plans public. Shine the light of public opinion on this evil doer.

“Boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia. Believe me, Putin will use the Olympics as proof that the world backs up his action. There are only two ways to deal with a tyrant: Starve out the rat, or destroy him.

“So, my friends, do your research and then GET LOUD AGAINST PUTIN AND HIS ANTI-GAY POGROM. This is a very small world. Our brothers and sisters in Russia need us NOW!”

Fierstein also tweeted and posted to Facebook a New Civil Rights Movement article from June:

And also sent out these tweets:

Fierstein, a long-time LGBT activist, wrote the book for the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots,” and has a long list of accomplishments throughout stage and screen, including Tony Awards for “Hairspray,” “La Cage aux Folles,” and “Torch Song Trilogy.”

Image of Harvey Fierstein via Facebook

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LOrion July 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm


brandonwitt July 21, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Here's a petition for this very thing. Please sign and share!

BJLincoln July 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I have no problem not watching or supporting sponsors but my wife pointed out that the athletes have worked very hard to get to this day and to not support them would be un-American.
I think we should pull out of the games all together but I see her point. Has anyone spoken to the Olympic committee about this? I say we should ask our athletes.

brandonwitt July 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Here is a petition for this very thing! Let's make our voices heard!

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