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What It Means To Be Gay In Russia – We Ask A Russian Coffee Champ #StandWithOlga #YesEqual

What It Means To Be Gay In Russia – We Ask A Russian Coffee Champ #StandWithOlga #YesEqual

Olga Melik-Karakozova owns Double B Coffee & Tea in Moscow, where she works as an owner and barista. She is a four-time Russian barista champion, and a lesbian. LGBT rights are being crushed in Russia, protests against persecution are increasingly violent , and horrifying accounts of homophobia are running rampant . Considerable attention is being paid to these issues by the media, from actor Harvey Fierstein’s firebrand editorial in the New York Times, to Barry Petchesky’s ongoing coverage of the issue as it pertains to professional hockey for Deadspin, to author Dan Savage’s calls to boycott all Russian products , including vodka. There is now a serious movement afoot , in the UK and elsewhere, to boycott the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics over civil rights concerns. We asked Olga to tell us what it means to be gay in Russia. We gave her the opportunity to be anonymous b...

Full article: http://sprudge.com/what-it-means-to-be-gay-in-russia.html

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