Gay Magazine The Advocate Dubs Putin ‘Person of the Year’

The Advocate, a gay-centric news magazine, named Russian President Vladimir Putin “Person of the Year” on the cover of its latest issue.

Like Time, though, designation as The Advocate‘s POY doesn’t count as an endorsement. The Advocate‘s decision is only to highlight someone of consequence. Putin and the Russian government are known for cracking down on gay rights in the country.

We’ve requested comment from an Advocate spokesperson to clarify how the magazine chooses its POY.

An excerpt from the cover story:

This is a man hardwired to intimidate.

Nowhere is this tendency more apparent than in his crusade against LGBT Russians. Since winning a third term in 2012, Putin has become ever more autocratic, and his antigay ideology ever more extreme. In June 2013, he signed the infamous antigay propaganda bill that criminalizes the “distribution of information…aimed at the formation among minors of nontraditional sexual attitudes,” with nontraditional meaning anything other than heterosexual. Individual violators are fined anywhere between $120 and $150, while NGOs and corporations can incur fines as high as $30,000. International outrage flared in the months before the Sochi Olympics, in response to which Putin reassured the gay and lesbian community they had nothing to fear as long as they left Russia’s children in peace.

[Photo via The Advocate, Shutterstock]

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