“We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex people,” Ban Ki-moon tells the International Olympic Committee. The IOC ignored those comments in its press release about the event, while media reports highlighted them.
LGBT and human rights advocates remain uncertain about what to expect in Russia under the international spotlight of the Olympics. Several organizations, along with the U.S. State Department, warn LGBT visitors to exercise caution.
The broadcaster and evangelist did not accept the award in person.
Thirty-three cities joined in a day of action against Russia’s recent legislation. One prominent Labour MP had a message for the British prime minister.
LGBT Russians are allowed to file for asylum status in Canada as a persecuted group.
Author Stephen Fry, whose open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee to move the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, attended the protest. “Just remember that what this is about is not a big abstract thing like the Olympic movement … it’s about allowing the gay people of Russia to grow up free and proud and happy,” he said.