The venerable Los Angeles LGBT publication Frontiers, surprised readers with its annual “Love and Sex” issue by printing a portion of the magazine in Russian to coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. According to its website, the special edition of the magazine is not only being distributed to the Russian-speaking community near its West Hollywood headquarters, but copies have been mailed to Vladimir Putin, Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, Russian embassies and consulates across America, the International Olympic Committee, the United Nations, as well as U.S. companies with Moscow offices.
Michael Turner, who recently acquired the 32-year-old publication from longtime owner/publisher David Stern, explained this show of journalistic solidarity in a statement to Queerty.
“As the Sochi Olympics and Putin’s Gay Propaganda laws have taken a back seat to the rallies of support for gays, we at Frontiers wanted to present to the world the community of West Hollywood where gays and Russians live side by side with respect and civility,” Turner said. “Our intent is to generate a positive conversation here and in Russia about gays, who we are, and the real lives we live. Expect to see more outreach from Frontiers to our friends who live in fear and oppression.”