Airline Forces Gay Flight Attendant to Marry a Woman to Keep His Job
In order to register marriage with Kupreev, Mikhailova had to dissolve her real marriage to Grigoriy Andreykin. The divorce was finalised on 11 October last year.
‘Aeroflot effectively broke a real marriage and created a sham one,’ Alekseev said.
The creation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group in Aeroflot was announced on 20 June 2011. At this time, Kupreev, the founder of the group said it would fight for the direct inclusion of discrimination ban on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity into internal documents of Aeroflot. His group also planned to fight for the recognition of same-sex partners of the employees.
The next day the official spokesperson of the airline, Irina Dannenberg, told the French news agency AFP that there was no LGBT group in her company. According to her, ‘one should separate personal and professional life,’ AFP reported.
Yes, separate your personal and professional lives, except for that employer-mandated marriage until death do you part.
This is surely far from over. A national boycott of the airline is in the works, and you can expect this to make its way through the courts.
Has your employer ever required you to do anything to mask your sexuality?