Report: Ridgefield's Harvey Fierstein Bashes 'Russia's Anti-Gay Crackdown'

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Actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein of Ridgefield has penned an op-ed headlined "Russia's Anti-Gay Crackdown." Photo Credit: Wiki Commons User David Shankbone

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein of Ridgefield has penned an op-ed for the New York Times on Russian President Vladimir Putin's war on homosexuals under the headline, "Russia's Anti-Gay Crackdown."

Fierstein, a four-time Tony Award winner, shines a light on a recent Putin policy to ban the adoption of Russian-born children not only to gay couples but also to anyone living in a country where marriage equality exists.

He also blasts a law signed by Putin allowing police to arrest tourists and foreign nationals suspected of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay,” a troubling policy in the months leading up to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Fierstein calls on world and Olympic leaders to speak out against the policies.

Read Fierstein's full op-ed piece here in The New York Times

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evelyn h:

LGBT folks plan to lobby for free medical coverage 'cause they are special.'

firebird400:

In this country confirmed gays get a lot of press, but actually make up a very small part of our population. I am glad about that!!!. They do have good PR people and well known supporters. I think we should stay out of another nations business. If he really wants to make a statement, why not focus on the problems in developing countries, or as noted, our country and state, regardless of lifestyle. .

Broad River:

@ firebird400,
I think the focus of his statements are about Gay U.S. Olympians. I wouldn't go to Russia either if I thought I could be detained or arrested. ( law signed by Putin allowing police to arrest tourists and foreign nationals suspected of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay,” ) So perhaps it's just a strategy to limit top players from attending the games, even those from developing countries. Hence tipping the scales in Russia's favor
I'm sure they have Gay people. It must be awful to have to stay closeted because you can be arrested. It wasn't all that long ago that it happened here in the States.

Greenbeanie:

Be nice to Harvey. He's lost all his friends to the hideous diseases spread by the lifestyle he espouses.

Ken P Jr:

Who cares what this clown thinks or what Russia does? We cant run our own state or country, might want to focus closer to home before bothering other nations over things like this.

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