July 31, 2013

Dear Mr. President,

We know you’ve done us a lot of favors lately, after getting off to a slow start. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tellthe call for the Boy Scouts to admit gay troops, all those gay ambassadors you’ve named. Once you finally evolved on marriage equality, you became an eloquent supporter and have been made it clear that the federal government recognizes same-sex marriages now that DOMA is gone.

But here’s the thing about evolution: it doesn’t end. (Although in the case of the GOP, the trend may be in the opposite direction. But that’s another story.) And that’s why it’s time to take on your toughest challenge yet: letting Russia — and in particular your counterpart, Vladimir Putin — know that the U.S. won’t tolerate its attacks on the LGBT community, Russia is fast on its way to cinching the title as among the most homophobic world powers (the competition for the title is sadly fierce), a title one suspects Putin would be glad to embrace. The government bans same-sex adoptionssquashes gay pride rallies, and criminalizes sharing information about the LGBT community to minors.