“Olympic games are a sports festival embracing human diversity and great unity,” the International Olympic Committee head says. The IOC head did not, however, reference LGBT rights or Russia’s anti-LGBT laws directly — and asked world leaders not to politicize the games. [Update: Some of his speech, including a comment opposing discrimination, was cut in NBC’s broadcast in the U.S.]
“The practice of sport is a human right.”
While the 10 top sponsors of the Olympics invested heavily in Sochi’s success — and in their multi-year partnership with the International Olympic Committee — they have remained largely silent on LGBT and other human rights concerns in Russia.
“They’re there to compete. They’re not there to talk about their politics or their religion or anything else,” U.S. Olympic Committee CEO says. LGBT groups push back on comments “bordering on speech police.”
“I’m sure someone will make a statement because it is an issue that so many people feel strongly about,” the Alpine skier says.
Bonnie Blair, five-time Olympic gold medalist, says her invitation to be member of U.S. presidential delegation to Sochi Games didn’t come with any discussion of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws. Other members of the delegation, though, are aware — and speaking out.
White House spokesman wouldn’t say the out LGBT delegates are sending a message on Russia’s anti-LGBT laws — just that the delegation represents “the remarkable diversity of the United States.”
Neither President or Mrs. Obama nor Vice President or Dr. Biden will be a part of the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics. Instead, Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California and former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will lead the delegation to the opening ceremony.
“If the Chinese do not take steps to help stop the genocide in Darfur and to respect the dignity, security, and human rights of the Tibetan people, then the President should boycott the opening ceremonies,” candidate Obama said regarding President George W. Bush in April 2008. No word yet on his own plans for Sochi in 2014.
“It’s a living danger to my children,” the actor and defrocked Russian Orthodox priest told fans in Siberia.
With activists calling for demonstrations of opposition to Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee won’t specify how it will respond to violations of its own propaganda ban. “[T]he lack of clear guidelines as to authorized and unauthorized behaviors encourages self censorship,” an advocate says.
“It tells you a lot about [IOC] President Bach and the IOC’s commitment to human rights that they believe this issue should be easily compartmentalized into a protest zone,” one LGBT advocate says.
Inside the NYSE, attendees celebrated the third annual Russia Day, but outside, activists gathered to protest human rights violations against LGBT Russians ahead of next year’s Sochi Olympics.
Warning: graphic images. Pytor Pavlensky carried out the stunt on the country’s Police Day national holiday.
Warning: graphic images. The leader of “Occupy Pedophilia,” a honey trap movement that targets gay men in Russia and the ex-Soviet Union, could face jail over a video in which he humiliates a gay man from Iraq.
“Just as nuclear weapons are banned so that planet Earth does not perish, so we must ban technologies that destroy… the natural ways to give birth,” lawmaker Elena Mizulina says.
Activists chanted “Don’t buy Putin’s lies” and held rainbow banners at a kickoff event for Team U.S.A.’s road to the Sochi Olympics in Russia. The latest action against Russia’s anti-LGBT laws.
Family Research Institute founder Paul Cameron reportedly tells Russia’s Duma that one-third of LGBT people support pedophilia.
Though facing trial for crimes against humanity for his role in Uganda’s anti-LGBT movement, Scott Lively heads to Russia this week determined to appear integral to that country’s crackdown on LGBT rights.
“[T]he USOC must take a more activist position against these heinous Russian laws,” a leading LGBT advocate says. The USOC did not respond to questions about how its nondiscrimination policy squares with its rule that people must adhere to foreign laws when traveling.
The bizarre assault comes after Dutch police arrested a Russian diplomat in his apartment in the Hague and amid rising tensions between the two countries.
Police detain 67 people after fights broke out resulting from an anti-gay protestor tearing up a rainbow flag.
The code of conduct now “include[s] specific language banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
Immigration Equality’s LGBT Asylum Program represents LGBT individuals fleeing Russia, Uganda, and countless other countries.
“The world of sport is definitely starting to do its part in making it a place that is inclusive and safe for athletes to be their true selves,” speed skater Blake Skjellerup says. Although there is much more progress to be made, a moment this week showed how much the world has changed for gay men in sports.
America’s Olympic hopefuls sound off at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Media Summit.
“As a gay participant in the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics in 2012, I am angered by the International Olympics Committee’s announcement.”
The International Olympic Committee tried to end the debate Thursday over the impact of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws at Sochi. Their clumsy effort, though, only raised more questions.
IOC says it is “satisfied” anti-LGBT advocacy law doesn’t conflict with Olympic charter. Jean-Claude Killy, who just completed the last Sochi site visit, washes his hands.
Vladimir Putin has banned all unsanctioned protests in Sochi for two months.