John M. Becker

Sochi Mayor: No Queers Living Here

Filed By John M. Becker | January 27, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Anatoly Pakhomov, denial, Olympics 2014, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Sochi, Sochi 2014, Sochi Olympics

"Our hospitality will be extended to everyone who respects the laws of the Russian Federation and doesn't impose their habits on others... We just say that [one's sexual orientation] is your business, it's your life. But it's not accepted here in the Caucasus where we live. We do not have [gays] in our city."

-- Anatoly Pakhomov, mayor of Sochi, Russia, claiming in an interview with BBC Panorama that there are no LGBT people living in his city. So those two gay clubs in Sochi must just be a figment of the imagination, right?

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