Think about this, Nuno Lopes:

South Africa. Apartheid. Boycott.

It simply is not true that boycotts don’t work to change things for the better.

People who are supporting the FIFA 2018 World Cup are supporting a regime that is actively torturing and killing gay men, and persecuting other queer people in shocking ways.

The apathy of queer communities outside of Russia is both shocking and appalling.

Let’s not pretend that we want to support the games because we think that by doing so we can effect change in Russia.

That’s both inane and insane. And it’s ridiculously apathetic.

Supporting the games normalizes queer persecution.

Not boycotting the games sends a clear and powerful signal to Russia that persecuting queer people carries no cost.

Supporting the games equals complicity with persecution.

This is no more a difficult issue than boycotting South Africa was a difficult issue.

It’s a matter of simple humanity and morality.

Your position is shockingly morally craven.

Shame on you.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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