What I think we need is not an athletic boycott of the Olympics, what we need is a political boycott of Vladimir Putin,” says Gessen. “We need to see him alone in the box during the Olympic Games.
“It needs to be communicated to Russia that it is a pariah for doing what it does.”
Activist Masha Gessen
The threat of violence is real. My father once pulled a gun and pointed it at my face during a fight about my homosexuality. Eight years later, my relationship with my family is still strained; I have been living on my own since I was 17, and I’m monitored by my father during any conversation with my siblings to make sure I don’t spread the gayness around. The fictional Amina’s fictional father, who was so supportive of her lesbianism, is something I long for. It is something I dream of…
Listen to the sounds of the real struggle from real people. But don’t lose your trust with those trying to create a real movement in Syria’s LGBT community — we need your help now more than ever. Don’t let some dude pecking away at a keyboard in the dark in the comfort of his house in Scotland take your attention away from the real story. The Dark Closet: Don’t let the Amina hoax distract attention from the plight of the real gay community in Syria