Protest Russia's anti-gay measures today at noon

This afternoon, join New Yorkers near the UES Russian Consulate in protesting Putin’s new LGBT crackdown.

Today at noon, New Yorkers will assemble in front of the Russian Consulate (9 E 91st St between Fifth and Madison Aves) to protest several anti-gay measures recently passed by Vladimir Putin. The new laws have gained a great deal of attention in the U.S. after a recent New York Times editorial by Harvey Fierstein and a Buzzfeed list of photos from Russian LGBT protests made the social-media rounds.

Several local bars have already pulled Stolichnaya vodka from their shelves because of the company's Russian association, and representatives from those businesses will be on hand at tomorrow's event to explain their decision (and to pour Russian hooch into the gutter).

The protest's organizers—the Russian-Speaking American LGBTQ Association (RUSA LGBT) and Queer Nation—hope to increase the international pressure on Russia leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. For more updates and more information, head to

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