Dear Aeroflot: YOU SUCK!

I knew that things weren’t all that good for gays and lesbians in Russia, but I didn’t know it was this bad.  In 2011, a gay male flight attendant started a GLBT organization for Aeroflot in response to the denigration of gays and lesbians in Russia, as well as at Aeroflot.

What did Aeroflot do in response?  They gave the man an ultimatum: Either get married to a woman, or lose your job.

What the frick, Aeroflot?

I know that I’m not in the Russian Federation, and honestly will probably never fly Aeroflot.  But I also know that Aeroflot is part of the SkyTeam Alliance.  Hey Delta, Air France/KLM?  Do you want to be associated with these people?  If you want to keep your business with the GLBT community in the United States and Europe, how about you dissolve your partnership with Aeroflot?  I know that I’m personally more apt to work with companies that support GLBT causes, and shun companies that either support or turn a blind eye to the abuse of minorities.

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Air France/KLM: Profits & Convenience Before People

This is the kind of thing that really pisses me off.  Every day we get on airplanes, and we have professionals around us for our safety.  Flight Attendants aren’t there to serve you beer and soda; they are there for your SAFETY.  Don’t think so?  Listen to cabin crew talk about some of the incidents and accidents they have been in; it will make your skin crawl.  So why would an airline put their own people at safety?  It makes no sense.

What I’m talking about is the decision by KLM (parent company is Air France/KLM; one of the largest airline companies in the world) and how they have told their gay employees that they can NOT skip out of going to Iran.  Previously KLM has allowed female employees to avoid working on flights to Iran, because “unpleasant things happened to them there”.  Excuse me?  Yes, women face discrimination throughout the entire Middle East.  But HELLO!  When gay people are found in Iran, they are PUBLICLY HANGED.  Don’t believe me?  Click here.  It’s disgusting.  Hell, Iran sentenced one reporter for a PICTURE of their leader being printed that made Ahmadinejad appear to be gay.

KLM, put your PEOPLE before your profits and convenience.  If you don’t, you will have your own employees blood on your hands!

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