Gay Propaganda in Ikea

Schicke Aktion des Verlags OR Books für deren Buch Gay Propaganda, das im Februar 2014 pünktlich zu den Winterspielen in Russland erscheinen wird und Geschichten russischer schwuler Pärchen erzählt:

Gay Propaganda brings together original stories, interviews and testimonial, presented in both English and Russian, to capture the lives and loves of LGBT Russians living both in Russia and in exile today. Timed for publication in February 2014, on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the book is a provocative riposte to Russia’s recently passed and ill-defined ban on “homosexual propaganda.”

Vor wenigen Tagen wurde bekannt, dass Ikea eine Story über ein lesbisches Pärchen aus der russischen Ausgabe ihres Ikea Family Live Magazins entfernten, wohl im vorauseilenden Gehorsam und nicht auf Druck des russischen Regimes. Daraufhin veranstalteten die Autoren o.g. Buchs ein Fotoshooting in einem Ikea in Brooklyn und stellten einen alternativen Katalog online. Nice one!

In response to the Swedish furniture company’s controversial decision to pull an article about a lesbian couple in the Russian December issue of its Ikea Family Live magazine, LGBTQ protesters used a Brooklyn branch of the world’s most famous DIY furniture store for “a guerilla photoshoot” showcasing gay and lesbian families. […]

The photo shoot was organized by Joseph Huff-Hannon, co-editor of OR Books’ forthcoming book Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories, along with Alexander Kargaltsev, a gay Russian artist and photographer who was recently granted asylum in the U.S., and Rusa LGBT co-founder Nina Long.

OR Books: IQEA – Special Russian LBGTQ Holiday Edition, Gay Propaganda – RUSSIAN LOVE STORIES

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