John M. Becker

Harvey Fierstein: Putin Has Declared War on Homosexuals

Filed By John M. Becker | July 22, 2013 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: anti-gay laws, anti-gay legislation, anti-gay propaganda, gay propaganda, Harvey Fierstein, Kremlin, Putin, Russia, St. Petersburg, Vladimir Putin

fierstein.jpg"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?"

-- Actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, writing about Russia's draconian and barbaric persecution of LGBT people in an op-ed for the New York Times.

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