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Russian LGBT Couples Stage Ikea Protest in Response to Company's Removal of Gay Magazine Article: VIDEO

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In response to Ikea's decision last week to remove a story about a lesbian couple from the Russian edition of its magazine, a group of Russian gay couples staged a "guerrilla photo shoot" inside a Brooklyn Ikea over the weekend. The Huffington Post reports:

The photo shoot was organized by Joseph Huff-Hannon, co-editor of the forthcoming book Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stores, Alexander Kargaltsev, a gay Russian artist and photographer who was recently granted asylum in the U.S., and Rusa LGBT co-founder Nina Long.

"Ikea calls themselves the 'life improvement' store, but we decided they have some major room for improvement after they deleted a lesbian couple form the Russian version of their catalog," Huff-Hannon told HuffPost Gay Voices in an email. It's a cause particularly close to Huff-Hannon, as his boyfriend, Artyom Matusov, was born in Moscow: "Ikea should stop insulting their LGBT customers in Russia and around the world, show some backbone, and publish the story in Russian."

Check out video and more photos from the protest shoot, AFTER THE JUMP... 

[photos via Alexander Kargaitsev]




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  1. Every time the free World gives in, oppression wins. And this is not an inconsequential abstract concept, it is very real and it negatively impacts and further marginalizes those of us with lesser freedoms.

    Posted by: Rafael | Nov 26, 2013 6:50:25 AM

  2. IKEA has basically declared that gay lives are worthy of erasure if it hurts their bottom line.

    IKEA clearly does not care about equality and diversity - it lies when it says it does.

    This is not a surprise - it is a corporation therefore amoral.

    Time to let IKEA know that collaborating with Russian fascism will damage its business.

    Posted by: MaryM | Nov 26, 2013 7:19:34 AM

  3. They're building an IKEA store here in my city right now. What are the chances I'll ever visit it now? hmmmmmm?

    Posted by: SeanSean | Nov 26, 2013 9:11:56 AM

  4. Does anyone really believe that Swedish megacompany IKEA hates gay people? Or that corporations in general don't alter there advertising to appeal to local regulators and sentiment? I think we're aiming at the wrong target here...

    Posted by: mike128 | Nov 26, 2013 9:59:16 PM

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