(Robbie Sweeny dumps Russian vodka on the sidewalk.)
Ten members of Gays Without Borders and the founder of the BoycottRussianVodka.com site Robbie Sweeny, today gathered under a blazing sun at San Francisco City Hall to request Mayor Ed Lee endorse the boycott of Russian alcohol and condemn Russia's anti-gay laws.
The mayor and his press office didn't issue a release about any of this, nor did they deplore the escalation of violence across Russia targeting the LGBT community. In July 2012, Mayor Lee took to Twitter to criticize Chik-Fil-A's anti-gay donations and sentiments of the company's owner:
#ChickFilA doesn't share San Francisco's values & strong commitment to equality for everyone.
I'm very disappointed @MayorEdLee doesn't share San Francisco's values & strong commitment to denouncing Russia's homophobic laws and violence against gays.
We yesterday requested Mayor Lee endorse the boycott, refuse to serve or use Russian products at City functions, condemn those laws and severe all "sister city" relationships with Russian municipalities. His response, so far, is silence.
(A screen capture from KGO-TV's story. Credit: Melanie Nathan.)
Thanks to all the activists and media folks who showed up today!
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