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Chicago gay bar ‘Sidetrack’ boycotts Russian Vodka

One of Chicago’s most popular gay bars is joining bars across the United States and boycotting Stoli Vodka, over new anti-gay laws in Russia.

Sidetrack made the announcement Wednesday on its Facebook page.

It stated that “starting immediately we will not sell Stoli or any other Russian products” at their bar.

As of Thursday evening, other gay bars including Elixir Lounge, Halsted’s Bar and Grill, Replay and Hydrate have also joined in the boycott.  Other bars in Hollywood, San Francisco, Toronto and other big cities have joined the boycott.

This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed legislation banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” including providing children with information on homosexuality and holding gay pride events.   He also banned the adoption of children by same-sex couples. In June, the bill was overwhelmingly passed by Russia’s parliament.

The latest act claims to protect children from “distress,” according to the Kremlin’s website.

Stolichnaya Vodka, the makers of Stoli Vodka issued a statement supporting the LGBT community:

We fully support and endorse your objectives to fight against prejudice in Russia. In the past decade, SPI has been actively advocating in favor of freedom, tolerance and openness in society, standing very passionately on the side of the LGBT community and will continue to support any effective initiative in that direction.
Sincerely yours,
Val Mendeleev
Chief Executive Officer


9 Comments to “Chicago gay bar ‘Sidetrack’ boycotts Russian Vodka”

    Andrea said:
    July 26, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    so brilliantly funny…you must have gone to grammar school, you smartie!

    guest said:
    July 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Oh how politically correct they must feel……. :-( Typical hypocrites!!!!

    Cmon said:
    July 26, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I'm boycotting WGN for considering this news.

    Lol said:
    July 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    My new drink of choice…

    Todd said:
    July 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Damn…I'll have to give up my caviar then…

    ml57 said:
    July 27, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    I guess their appletini’s just won’t taste the same.

    DC123 said:
    July 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Kettle one and grey goose is better. The again, how is this news?

    Roy said:
    July 27, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I am only drinking Russian vodka from now on. This is an asinine Boycott. Pun intended.

      Roy said:
      July 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Zero time, Sugar Plum. Don't fantasize about the absurd. I'm sure that is your happiness………

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