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Gays Wage War On Russia

August 9, 2013


From vodka to caviar, Americans have begun to boycott — all things Russian. The cause? President Vladimir Putin‘s declaration of war on Russia’s gay citizens.

Putin recently signed a draconian law that makes it illegal to even tell children gay people exist, and provides for fines and deportation of foreigners for any public support of the LGBT community or homosexuality.

Russia’s citizens and visitors can no longer say or write positive statements about gay people without breaking Putin’s law.

A same-sex couple cannot hold hands, kiss a person of the same sex in public or wave a rainbow flag in public without being subject to arrest for disseminating homosexual propaganda. Even saying that you are proud to be gay in the presence of minors could land you in trouble with the law. 

Right after Putin passed the bill outlawing "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations," he basically made homosexuality a crime.


Athletes have been working their entire lives for their grand moment at the Sochi Olympics, and they are now being asked to boycott the games and sacrifice it. For most, the Olympics is spectacle; for athletes, it is so much more. It’s their career. It’s their dream. It’s the culmination of years of work, a purposeful life.

Instead of punishing gay athletes with a boycott, let's guarantee their safety by demanding that an international body ensure the well-being of LGBTQ athletes, staff and spectators during the Russian Games.

Although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) maintains that the law wouldn’t be enforced, Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko is claiming that it would be impossible to suspend a bill that’s already been signed into law. That's insanely worrying. It's the IOC's responsibility to condemn the law and uphold reasonable safety standards for all athletes. That's exactly what pro-gay organizations like Athlete Ally are doing with a global petition urging the IOC to come forward with an actionable plan.

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