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Gay Activists Disrupt Investment Forum Held by Russian Government Officials in NYC: VIDEO


The activist group Queer Nation disrupted a forum on investment held by Russian government officials at the Princeton Club on W. 43rd street in NYC this morning, the group reports.

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PrincetonclubVia press release:

"In my experience, anti-gay bigots are dishonest and corrupt as well," said Queer Nation member Duncan Osborne to the panel. "What assurances can you give investors that their money will be safe in a country with minimal, if any, rule of law?"

The protestors were met with disdain by the panelists from the Moscow Department for Foreign Economic and International Relations. The head of the department, Sergei Cheremin, laughed openly at the protestors' questions.

"This is not funny," Mark Milano, another protestor, told the audience. "You should be divesting, not investing in Russia."

"Gays will be the cultural death of Russia," one American audience member shouted back.

The protestors were escorted out one by one by five security guards. There were no arrests.

The forum was called “Invest in Moscow: Doing Business in Russia’s Capital":

Prior to the meeting’s start, other Queer Nation members, who held up a 60-foot rainbow flag banner that read “Support Russian Gays” caught the interest of passersby.

"New Yorkers were surprised to find out their tax dollars were being used to encourage investment in a country with anti-LGBT laws," said Alexis Danzig, who led the protest outside the Princeton Club. "New Yorkers don't want this, either."

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  1. All these investors names must be outed so they will never get any business in NYC!!! Maybe in Alabama...

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 12:35:28 PM

  2. I like this. This kind of tactic has an immeasurably profound effect. The message is homophobia is bad for business, no matter where in the world you conduct it.
    They should take the name of the American potential investor who made the howlingly homophobic statement too. It's important to note who these neo-fascists are and what their connections are. He used strong language. They start with taunts but they rarely end there.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Oct 28, 2013 12:36:05 PM

  3. Love it! Time for a little disobedience.

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 28, 2013 12:39:48 PM

  4. I agree - take down the names of the people who were making homophobic remarks and make sure they never invest a penny anywhere near this city.

    Posted by: AJD | Oct 28, 2013 12:46:07 PM

  5. Bless their hearts! No company should be investing in Russia ... and they should let Russia know they are not investing as a way to support the Russian gay community.

    Posted by: Randi Reitan | Oct 28, 2013 12:54:30 PM

  6. princeton club pathetic bigots
    lots of empty seats
    invest in russia.... LOL

    Posted by: Gilbert | Oct 28, 2013 1:00:50 PM

  7. Just like those who donated to Prop.8, we must know these "loving" people names!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 28, 2013 1:04:29 PM

  8. Love the passion. Love the initiative.

    Love it enough to overlook the fact that the assertion that Russia is devoid of the rule of law is completely backwards. Rule of Law in Russia has run amok. Important distinction.

    But, bless their hearts, indeed. What militant activists lack in brains, they more than make up for with chutzpah.

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 28, 2013 1:04:44 PM

  9. We need economic sanctions against Russia, and anyone doing business there needs to have their assets forcibly seized. At gunpoint.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Oct 28, 2013 1:39:27 PM

  10. investors considering russia embraced by the open arms of alabama? i'd predict a polite "no thank-you".

    Posted by: northalabama | Oct 28, 2013 1:44:44 PM

  11. As a former San Francisco Queer National, its good to see the old institution resurrected in NYC. Direct action like this keeps the topic alive and the focus where it should be: Queer rights in Russia are as important as they are here.

    Great job!!

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 28, 2013 1:45:10 PM

  12. I'm sure many Princeton alumni will be shocked to hear that the Princeton Club is used as a forum for such repulsive anti-social conferences.

    They need to make their voices heard on the matter!

    Posted by: Vint | Oct 28, 2013 3:24:30 PM

  13. What happened to our 2011-12 tactic of throwing glitter? Glitter-bombing I think we called it. Is that still working for us?

    Posted by: will | Oct 28, 2013 3:29:45 PM

  14. Queer Nation needs to go worldwide.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | Oct 28, 2013 3:30:35 PM

  15. "Gays will be the cultural death of Russia."

    Some cultures deserve to die.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Oct 28, 2013 5:35:17 PM

  16. Too bad there wasn't a fouth guy to say "Cultural mean like all the actually advanced countries on earth you want to invest in Russia which now not only don't vilify and persecute gay people any more but have gay marriage too?"

    Anyway, good job guys.

    Posted by: emjayay | Oct 29, 2013 2:50:38 AM

  17. Well put, Sundayboy. And I agree Princeton alumni should lash out. The Cornell Club nearby lives in fear of alienating alumni. Princeton's should, too.

    It takes guts to disrupt an occasion like this, but it must be very fortifying to the persecuted gays in Russia. This kind of gesture is picked up by the press and is very effective. As, incidentally, was the movement to divest from companies doing business in Apartheid South Africa.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 29, 2013 7:32:20 AM

  18. I'm generally not a fan of disruption for the sake of disruption (like glitter bombing which makes no point). But in this case, these protesters make cogent points and valid statements that needed to be said. My heroes for the day.

    Posted by: Inis Magrath | Oct 29, 2013 2:46:49 PM

  19. Queer Nation is worldwide! Well, I read it in the UK.

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 30, 2013 7:31:48 PM

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