Michael Lucas is Done With Russia
BY Michael Lucas
October 11 2010 7:30 PM ET
I left Russia in 1994 because I couldn’t imagine living there as a gay person (or as any person, actually). In the meantime, ironically, I have become somewhat of a gay icon there — something I don’t derive any pleasure from. My movies are acquired in large quantities (always through illegal download, unfortunately), I am included in a book, Famous Russian Gays, and I have been three times on the cover of the nation's only gay magazine, Qvir. I suspect that has something to do with being a convenient fantasy, far away. Nikolai, who is an inconvenient reality, close by, gets no such admiration. Even though he did a thousand times more for Russia then I ever have or ever want to.
He is, as I said, relentless. Just three days after being released, following the airport incident, he chained himself with a group of other gay activists to the fence surrounding the City Hall office of Moscow’s then-mayor and homophobe in chief Yuri Luzhkov — and was promptly re-arrested. I admire his dedication. But for myself I have come to the conclusion that this country, with its poisonous mix of brutality and intolerance, is not going to change in any real way. I don’t want to be associated with this odious place. I am renouncing my citizenship.