Lesbian Russian journalist Masha Gessen participated in a roundtable discussion on CNN last week, where she continued her outspoken opposition to her home country's increasingly violent and far-reaching crackdown on LGBT people.
"What you're talking about would be very effective if the problem were with the Russian people," she explained. "If what we wanted to confront was societal homophobia, then wearing a rainbow pin, engaging, might work. The problem is not with societal homophobia — it's with the Kremlin's hate campaign. It's coming from up top, it's not coming from the public. And the message to the Kremlin, the message that really gets across, is snubbing. It's telling Putin that his life is going to be hell as long as these laws stand."