We’re banning gays from our future, says Russian firm

Russian gay activist Nikolai Alexeyev offers help to people who want to sue outdoor retailer Expedition over anti-gay recruitment policy

We’re banning gays from our future, says Russian firm
11 October 2012

A company in Russia has sparked outrage after banning gay applicants to its business course.

Outdoor goods retailer Expedition drew angry criticism after it stated on its Russian website that gay people are not allowed to apply for a place on its Academy for Entrepreneurship’.

Activist Nikolai Alexeyev says it’s not the first time they have tried to block LGBT people from working or studying there and called for tougher anti-discrimination laws.

‘It once again highlights the need to have some changes in the legislation which directly contributes to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,’ he told Gay Star News.

‘This is what we have been fighting for in the last year and this paves the way for commercial organizations to discriminate against people at work or in their studies.’

The Moscow Pride founder is offering help to anyone who wants to sue the company.

However, he doubts anyone will admit they are gay when applying for Expedition’s program for aspiring business leaders.

‘Once again it is a scandal but it is a scandal without any particular victim yet,’ Alexeyev added.

Some are calling for a boycott of the brand, which has 360 stores worldwide, but Alexeyev says such action would not be in any way effective.

He said: ‘In Russia it would not work because no-one would really care.

‘There is no culture of boycotting any companies or goods because of discrimination and there is no real solidarity in the LGBT movement.

‘People usually put their economic interests higher than any discriminatory policy of a company. It is not yet the time when boycotts can pay off and the company can be forced to change.’

A spokeswoman for Expedition stood by the retailer’s homophobic policy.

‘Real men and real women, in all senses of the word, work in our company and attend our events. These people are very worthy, et cetera. We’re for healthy relationships, new children and new families,’ Veronika Kuzenkova told the Moscow Times.

Russia has seen an increasing crackdown on gay rights recently, with Orthodox Christians calling for a ban on gay clubs in Moscow on Monday (8 October).

In June, gay pride was banned in Moscow for 100 years and in March a national anti-gay bill, similar to the one passed in St Petersburg, was submitted to the Russian parliament by lawmakers from the Novosibirsk region.



No thumbnail available

Gay rights ‘vital’ for business brand, bosses say

Bank bosses say if they do not promote gay-friendly workplaces, then it will lead to young people refusing to work there
No thumbnail available

World unites to send Putin Valentine’s Day gay kiss

Protests are being held around the world today to prove love can conquer hatred and fear
South African lesbian teen commits suicide after mom beats her

South African lesbian teen commits suicide after mom beats her

The 18-year-old woman leaves behind a heart-breaking letter after being beaten for being a lesbian
No thumbnail available

Gay license plate revoked

A speciality rainbow license plate has been removed from sale in US state of Indiana after anti-gay campaign
No thumbnail available

Bradley Manning pleads guilty, says he wanted public to know 'true cost of war'

Gay US soldier Bradley Manning pleas guilty on 10 out of 22 charges explains why he released confidential documents to Wikileaks  
No thumbnail available

LGBTI groups apply pressure on FIFA to crack down on homophobia and anti-gay slurs

Football's global governing body is given an epic fail in handling of slurs hurled during World Cup
No thumbnail available

Australian Government and Greens block gay marriage referendum

The Australian Government and Greens have joined forces to stop an attempt to initiate a referendum on gay marriage in Australia by a senator from the right wing Catholic Democratic Labor Party
No thumbnail available

70s sitcom star Jimmie 'JJ' Walker against gay marriage

'I just don't believe on moral grounds it should be done. I don't like it, I don't accept it'
No thumbnail available

Elementary school teacher quits after reading gay fairytale to class

'My reading of King & King was the 100% right thing to do'
No thumbnail available

Suspect sought in California attack of a gay man

During the attack, the suspects allegedly yelled anti-gay epithets and told the victim hopefully 'he learned his lesson'