The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association last week held its annual convention in Boston. Among the sponsors, according to their web site, was Stolichnaya vodka:
Night Out Boston: Have a positive impact as convention attendees hit The City on a Hill to celebrate our Boston convention, networking with their peers. Date: Friday, August 23 Sponsorship: $10,000 Sponsor in 2013: Stoli USA
Since I'm a community organizer boycotting Stoli because the parent company SPI Group has strong Russian ties, was silent as the anti-gay propaganda laws in Russia were being enacted at the regional level and did nothing to oppose the federal law signed by President Vladimir Putin, I asked NLGJA about their partnership with Stoli.
The association shared this reply, which was signed by Ken Miguel but he asked me to omit his name from this post since we never spoke directly with each other and that is why I have amended this post:
Click here to read their August 6 statement encouraging fair coverage of the Olympics.
Color me very disappointed that NLGJA fails to take into account the political situation of LGBT people in the regions where a corporate donor is based or represents.