In all honesty it wouldn’t take much to convince us to not to fly a Russian airline—oligarchies tend not to put much stock in safety regulations. But LGBT activists are demanding a boycott of Aeroflot after the company forced a gay flight attendant to marry a woman in order to keep his job.
Last summer Maxim Kupreev, 25, stated his intention to start an LGBT group within Aeroflot to protect the rights of queer employees and push for domestic-partner benefits. That’s when company brass suggested Kupreev (above) not only drop the idea, but put up a heterosexual facade by marrying his old high-school girlfriend, Sofia Mikhailova, who actually had to divorce her real husband to enter into the sham relationship.
Wow, the only thing our high-school girlfriend did for us is let us try on her prom dress. (Thanks again, Debbie!)
Moscow Pride’s Nikolai Alekseev announced the boycott would begin on with a rally on February 9. They hope to draw attention to the plight of Aeroflot’s LGBT employees and encourage the company’s dismissal from Sky Team, an international commercial-airline alliance whose members include Air France, AlitaliaKLM and Delta.