Stockholm Pride Sent an FU to Putin


By Neal Broverman

Stockholm Pride continues to bring attention to Russian intolerance.

Stockholm Pride stuck it to Russian president Vladimir Putin by sending him a "Lovie Award" with the inscription: "To a man with a heart of stone, here's a heart of gold."

The "gift" was the final act of Stockholm Pride's #GoWest campaign, which urged people to ditch LGBT events in Russia — because of its state-sponsored homophobia — and instead visit Sweden. Everyone from Boy George to Tegan and Sara participated in the effort.

"The reason we are sending Putin the gold heart is to once again point out that we will continue to fight for a more human Russia," #GoWest campaign manager Jessica Sandberg said in a statement.

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