Political leaders can employ a wide array of tactics for uniting people, including finding a common enemy. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are both prime examples of using the demonization approach to build up their domestic support, and Russian-American journalist and author Masha Gessen says their treatment of LGBT communities draws many parallels. In an interview with "Salon Talks," Gessen said that Trump is “starting to target LGBT people because social change connected to LGBT rights is the most recent and most significant social change that we’ve seen in this country." As for Putin and the Russian public, she says “most Russians believe they’ve never met an LGBT person in their lives. Also they immediately see LGBT people as 'other,' lending to the success of singling the group out as a 'problem.'"
November 22 / Salon