On Sunday, 7/9 RUSA LGBT held a protest against homophobia in the chain retail NetCost. A protest took place in Brighton Beach in front of the Gourmanoff Restaurant / Bakery / Store, which is a part of the NetCost chain.
Here are some materials in these regards.
- A statement from Lyosha Gorshkov, Co-President at RUSA LGBT
To Whom It May Concern
Dear Sir / Madam,
I hope this letter finds you well.
I would like to express concerns regarding some of our members, who used to work at NetCost and were mistreated as employees on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity, including the last incident with Mr. Andrey Zaytcev, who got fired from the NetCost allegedly because of his gay identity. I also can recall other case, where a physical abuse was involved. According to the NYC and NYS laws, discrimination on these grounds at the workforce is prohibited.
I am deeply troubled by the discriminatory events taken place in NetCost. I am also concerned that management does not take the existent homophobia seriously, and dismisses those people who have addressed these issues, treating them as second-class citizens, which is unacceptable, and disturbing.
As a Co-President at RUSA LGBT, and leader of the Russian-Speaking LGBTIQ community, I would like to point out that NetCost management actions are inappropriate. I also would like to express that RUSA LGBT is taking actions to acknowledge the events mentioned above publicly, and demand from the NetCost management an official statement on NetCost’s policy on inclusiveness and diversity, and LGBTIQ acceptance. We demand NetCost to revisit its policy on LGBTIQ issues, and take incidents of homophobia/transphobia to a consideration, and investigate it more properly.
Lyosha (Aleksei) Gorshkov, PhD
2. An article in Forum Daily
3. Booklet fro Protest
4. A photo report
5. A video