Results tagged “Olympics” from Last Word

"Their actions today are undeniable proof that their ‘anti-propaganda’ law is being applied widely to restrict the basic rights of LGBT people and our allies." -- Ty Cobb, director of HRC's Global Engagement program, responding to news that four LGBT-activists were arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia after displaying a banner reading "Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement. Principle 6. ... [Read]

”Hosting the games here contradicts the basic principles of the Olympics, which is to cultivate tolerance.” -- Pavel Lebedev, speaking with the Associated Press by phone from a police station in Voronezh, which is 560 miles north of Olympic host city Sochi. Lebedev unfurled a rainbow flag as the torch relay passed through his hometown and was then quickly detained ... [Read]

“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation.” -- President Vladimir Putin, addressing the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, ahead of the Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea Resort of Sochi in February 2014. A federal ... [Read]

Russia will "promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind" during its 2014 Winter Games. After pressure from the international community and the United Nations, Russia has redrafted its Olympic Truce, a UN resolution adopted every two years before the start of an Olympic games. The Truce originated in Ancient Greece, and was an agreement that, during the Olympic Games, ... [Read]

“There are extreme restrictions on the uniforms and other items worn by athletes at any Olympic Games. Flags, badges, or pins are not allowed without IOC approval, a near-impossibility, and wearing something as seemingly innocuous as pink socks or shoelaces is very difficult for athletes to do, and complex to organize for other participants and spectators. But everyone can hold ... [Read]

“The Russian Olympic Committee, Russian government and Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee guarantee there will be no discrimination of sportsmen, officials, supporters and journalists on race, religion, gender, political views, etc. what corresponds with the policy of the Olympic movement. … I would like to underline that the law which has been passed is applied only against propaganda of homosexual ... [Read]

“I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian ‘correctively’ raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished ... [Read]

“Within the past two days, two Russian officials have gone out of their way to contradict the IOC in no uncertain terms. The opinion of the Russian government is now perfectly clear: If you’re gay and you come to Russia for the Olympics, you may be imprisoned and deported.” – Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaign’s vice president for ... [Read]

“We challenge the IOC to demonstrate its good faith by hosting under its aegis a Pride House in Sochi, open to all, athletes and visitors, gay and straight, Russian and foreign. If the IOC truly believes the assurances of Russian authorities, then the IOC should be able to override the existing ban on a Sochi Pride House and offer ... [Read]

“Do not boycott the Olympics – boycott homophobia! Stand in solidarity with people in Russia and bring LGBT pride and values of human rights and freedoms to the Games in Sochi!” – From a July 30 statement issued by the Russian LGBT Network via Facebook, calling on LGBT activists and allies not to advocate for a boycott of the ... [Read]

"The stupid part of this, which I have argued to them, is that there are tons of gay couples on the Olympic team who will be rooming together, so we are being discriminated against because we are heterosexual... I am very frustrated because in sport there are a lot of same sex couples and its OK to be partners with ... [Read]