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Porn Kingpin Michael Lucas: Gay Activism In Homophobic Russia Is A Lost Cause

Laws like [St. Peterburg’s ban on “public promotion of homosexuality”] are typical in Russia. There is a dark and cruel streak in Russian society. Many people hate anything that’s different and that very much includes gay people. Even in Moscow, which likes to think of itself as a cosmopolitan place, the gay scene is all about don’t ask, don’t tell.

I would support tearing down the law, but I think the chances are slim. There is really nothing Western activists can do—look at how Russia is ignoring not just the West but most of the world on Syria. I hardly think they will suddenly listen where LGBT people are concerned. Their own activists are pretty much silenced and the majority of Russian gays are determined to be apolitical.

I left Russia precisely because Russian people are incredibly intolerant of minorities, sexual or ethnic. It’s dangerous to be gay, it’s dangerous to be Jewish and its dangerous to have dark skin. They’re a cruel people. I remember well how they tortured me in school, being both Jewish and gay. Just because some Russians are fed up with Putin does not mean at all that suddenly freedom as we understand it will bloom.”

Russian expat Michael Lucas weighs in St. Peterburg’s just-enacted anti-gay law