Stoli Russian Vodka Boycott in LGTB Community

July 30, 2013 under News

Stoli Russian vodka boycott in Vancouver

Dear readers, as Vancouver’s Pride Parade is about to go on this week, the hype around the Russian vodka boycott is getting heated in our city.  I would like to present you with a response from Lena who lives in Belarus as an example of a fresh perspective on the topic.

 

by Lena, Belarus

Putin, Russian Vodka and Gays

Putin, Russian vodka and gays, what is the connection? If you ask this question nowadays, people may think that you are completely ignorant or you live on an uninhabited island. Russia issued anti-gay laws, that caused protests in America and activists suggested to boycott Russian vodka. Sounds ridiculous, but this is the truth.

Here we do not talk about sexual minorities. Maybe because there are not so many of them. By the way, just to specify “Here” means not in Russia. I am from Belarus. And here we really do not pay special attention to sexual minorities. People like millions of others, they work, eat, drink, relax… usual activities. We do not see any reason to speak about them too much or to forbid them to live. Politicians organize parades and shows to honor themselves. Why not gays then? I don’t think they are worse. But if you think so, you can give me reasons why.

I also do not understand what this anti-gay law is for. Why then not anti-criminals law? Criminals who took people`s lives are not forbidden, they stay in prison, eat and drink for money that we pay as taxes.

Well, Putin knows better, maybe gays are more dangerous that criminals. Here we have the same culture as Russia, I wouldn’t say that we are more democratic or more developed. We have the same religion, the same traditions. But we judge people according to their personality, their attitude to us, not by their nation or race or whether they belong to sexual minority or not.

Now about vodka. How is vodka connected with gays and Russian legislation? Completely different thing is Olympic Games in Sochi. This for sure would have influence. But I do not think that such kind of boycott can be supported by majority of people. Russia have always been and still is a great country with strong traditions and unique culture, and visiting Olympic Games can be a good reason for many foreigners to discover Russia. America can boycott the Olympic Games, but since it’s Europe here, and Europeans will gladly use such an opportunity.

But right, if Olympic Games are boycotted, this will be a good reason for Russia to think about gays once more. Though again gays will be accused, as nobody would accuse for this the Russian government. If any kind of boycotting will make the Russian government change their mind? I do not think, so, they for sure were ready for protests. At least they could forecast that there will be unsatisfied people.

Ah, by the way, again to vodka. I don’t think that boycotting of Russian vodka Stolichnaya will support the Russian gays or will make the Russian government think. It would be more logical to boycott Russian products rather than Latvian, as Stolichnaya is neither produced nor bottled in Russia any more. Anyway, the Russian government will be grateful for such protests as they wanted to get that brand back. That is why before running to streets and yelling about protests maybe better to ask yourself a question: who will have the main profit from it? In this case this is Russia who will take the main advantage.

Davie street rainbow pavement for Vancouver Pride Week 2013

Rainbow pavement on the intersection of Bute and Davie in Vancouver in the spirit of Pride Week.

 

Jessica and Jenna Talackova posing together at Vancouver Gay Pride Parade 2012

August 5, 2012 under News

Jenna Talackova is now a celebrity, admired by many, especially by the LGBT crowd.  She makes it look so effortless and fun, but in fact she had to put up quite a fight in order to be what she is – a woman.  Jenna began hormone therapy at 14 and had her final operation at 19.  For the reason that she wasn’t born woman, she got disqualified from a beauty pageant, but fought her way back in with Donald Trump’s help.  Now she has plans to do a campaign for PETA.

 

I am so excited to pose with Jenna Talackova!  She was so nice and she said that she’ll get a chance to strike a good pose for me.  I really like her.  She was the highlight of my day, that’s for sure.  The lady in the picture is most likely her mom, at least that’s what one of the guys told me from Out TV.

  

More photos of hosiery at Vancouver Pride Parade:

A drag queen in blue fishnet pantyhose encasement and striped rainbow socks.  She enjoyed the attention and agreed to pose for me.  Thank you!

This lady was advocating against circumcision. She had a sexy lace mini dress with black lingerie and stay up stockings under. I asked why she decided to wear lingerie and she said because she wanted to do something fun for Pride!

I thought that these white over the knee socks were cool. Can I find some for myself? I snapped a picture while this woman was talking to someone from one of the booths at the parade.

This girl was wearing patterned fishnets an I thought she looked very cute, so I ran after her to snap a secret picture for my blog. The weather was way too hot for hosiery that day.

This boy was dressed as a woman, wearing opaque pantyhose. I think he was straight because his girlfriend was with him. I asked to take a photo and he shook off some dry grass stuck to his hosiery from his legs – turned out he went for a roll in the grass like that. I wondered why he didn’t wear sheer hosiery in such weather, but he admitted that he has to wear opaque because his legs are not shaved. My conversation came to an end when I suggested to try on sheer hosiery because it’s more sexy and his girlfriend snarled at me “he’s already sexy”.

This cute crossdresser was lip singing to a song and putting on quite a show. I noticed that she was wearing pantyhose and her control top would show when she’d bend over to pick something up. Well, my sharp eye also spotted a little run in her hosiery, but that’s OK – her great dancing compensated for it!

This drag queen was very happy that I wanted to take a picture of her fishnets. She had an elaborate hair piece and people were focused on that. However, she also admitted that her shoes broke, so that’s why she’s wearing sneakers.

These boys were posing together for a picture. One in white pantyhose in the middle and two in black pantyhose on the sides. I think that the middle person had something to do with the Wizard of Oz theme, at least I got to pose with a “Dorothy” earlier from the same fairy tale.

That’s me, grabbing balloons!

This lovely maid posed for a photo. She was wearing fishnet pantyhose with her outfit. Cute!

 

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