IKEA Responds To Outrage Over Its Gay Censorship In Russia

International furniture maker IKEA has finally responded to a months-long protest that started when it deleted a lesbian couple from the Russian edition of its magazine. After pressure, in-store kiss-ins and a massive petition hand delivered to IKEA's U.S. office, RUSA LGBT leaders say they are satisfied by IKEA's new statement, which reads:

In the latest issue of our customer magazine IKEA FAMILY LIVE we ran a feature about two women, Kirsty and Clara, living in England with their child. The article appeared in 24 countries but not in Russia where a law prevents us from publishing it. It is a law that has been widely criticized but one that we have to comply with. However, we wanted to take the opportunity to speak about what the IKEA values mean and what we stand for. This is why the current online version of the magazine in 25 countries, including Russia, contains this letter from IKEA Group:
At IKEA, we believe in people. We are guided by our vision – to help create a better everyday life for the many people. We also believe you can be yourself as an IKEA co-worker, an IKEA customer or in your home. We do our best to stand for equal opportunities and support the human rights of all people. And every co-worker can expect fair treatment and equal opportunities whatever their ethnicity, religion, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation or age."

"We're glad that IKEA has included this letter in their online magazine, and we're especially glad that this statement will be placed online in Russia," responded RUSA LGBT co-president Yelena Goltsman. "Though we would have rather Kirsty and Clara's beautiful photograph been included from the very beginning, we are glad that IKEA has repudiated Russia's harmful anti-LGBT laws, and we look forward to more companies doing the same."