US gays pour out anger, vodka over Russia laws
NEW YORK (AFP) - Demonstrators poured vodka down the drains of New York on Wednesday in protest over new Russian laws that have been widely condemned as anti-gay.
The "Vodka Dump" outside the Russian Consulate in Manhattan came as calls for a global boycott of the spirit and other Russian products gathered momentum in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.
"We're here! We're queer! We're only drinking beer!" activists chanted as the spirit splashed onto the sidewalk. "Russian vodka: infused with hate," read one placard.
The protesters are calling for the repeal of a law signed last month by President Vladimir Putin which bans "propaganda" in support of "non-traditional" sexual relations if it is deemed to be aimed at minors or if it implies equivalence between heterosexual and homosexual relationships.