Harvey Fierstein Says That “Putin Has Declared War on Homosexuals”

Harvey FiersteinIn the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent decisions to sign laws banning "gay Propaganda", as well as adoption of Russian children by same-sex couples, openly-gay actor, playwright, and Kinky Boots scribe Harvey Fierstein has written an op-ed for the New York Times. In it, he decries Putin's "campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people." 

"Historically [fear-based] scapegoating is used by politicians to solidify their bases and draw attention away from their failing policies, and no doubt this is what's happening in Russia… Mr. Putin's campaign against lesbian, gay and bisexual people is one of distraction, a strategy of demonizing a minority for political gain taken straight from the Nazi playbook. Can we allow this war against human rights to go unanswered?"

You can read the entire op-ed piece HERE


  1. Eric says

    If Russia had done the same thing based on race, or religion, the world would already be talking about boycotting the upcoming Olympics unless the policies were rescinded.

  2. says

    yup. Russia is emulating WWII-style nationalism right now. how lovely.

    and the world goes, “well, it’s just GAYS. it’s not like it’s hurting HUMANS or anything….”

    the russian government needs to be called out and condemned by every bloody government of every other bloody country.

  3. anon says

    It will take several generations before ordinary Russians are wealthy enough to care about such matters. We could offer political asylum to the persecuted though. Canada would be perfect for housing them all.

Leave A Reply