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Olympic committee calls for acceptance of all athletes at Winter Olympics despite Russian anti-gay laws

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  1. Boycott the Russian Olympics. See Harvey Fierstein’s op-ed in today’s New York Tims.

    1. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/opinion/russias-anti-gay-crackdown.html?_r=0

      Best to boycott Russia, any products made there, and the Olympics. Going there condones what they’re doing. Nazi’s 2.0.

      I’m now evaluating 3 anti-virus products to replace Kaspersky.

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      2. What about boycotting the sponsors, I’ve already been posting things on their facebook walls.

          1. Got it already thanks renovato. I’ve got a Kill Bill style death list going on (not literally “death” for any idiots reading)

  2. Wow. The Olympic committee has Russia shaking in their boots.

    Putin was winding up his middle finger as the story was being typed.

    1. It is a pity the Olympic committee didn’t think about human rights before giving the games to Russia. Their announcements sound a bit hollow now.

      Just covering their backs.

      Interesting they say nothing about gay visitors to the games just the athletes.

  3. A boycott of the Winter Olympics is unrealistic. The IOC may protest in the strongest terms but will not advocate a boycott because they know an ensuing game of tit for tat will follow. Nor will they want countries to boycott the Winter Olympics for the same reason.

    As Putin likes to be seen as a strong man he will not renounce the recent anti-LGBT laws nor will most Russians want him to as it will be seen as caving into the liberal West.

    The best we can hope for is a backdoor deal between Russia and countries opposed to these draconian laws, whereby Russia will tell countries to instruct their athletes and citizens not to flaunt their sexuality or protest and they will reciprocate by turning a blind eye during the Olympics.

    I would hope that governments put pressure on the IOC and other major sporting organisations to be more discerning in the future as to which countries can host the Olympics and other sporting events so this situation does not occur again.

    1. I think the opposite is necessary, LGBT should flock to Russia during the Winter Olympics. They’re hardly going to arrest thousands of foreigners in front of the world’s media now are they? I believe people should use it as an opportunity to show Russian LGBT that there is a very different world outside their cold communist country, and “flaunt” their sexuality as much as possible. Governments won’t do anything to rock their boat unless one of their own citizens has been arrested like what happened recently with the two people from Denmark, or worse; a beating or death by the locals. If thousands of tourists get arrested for “homosexual propaganda” i’m sure it would cause quite a stir. Similarly, if a tourist was killed for being percieved as gay, their would be absolute outrage.

      1. Yes, but can you find individuals who would want to risk being murdered because they flaunted their sexuality? Are you one of the volunteers?

        1. Yes I would volunteer actually, any chance for activism. If I had the money I’d already be there doing my thing. I’m not scared of those idiots !

          1. Commander Thor 23 Jul 2013, 7:05am

            Can I contribute to your ticket? Please post your http://www.indiegogo.com/ link.

          2. Well there’s no chance I’m going alone!! I’d need hundreds of brave LGBT to join me if we had any chance of success.

  4. Marx the Spot 23 Jul 2013, 12:09am

    Boycott the Russian Olympics and tell the Olympic Committee to cut the crap and cancel the games. No decent right thinking person would want to go to Russia. The stink coming off Russia and Putin’s gang of murderers and thieves is enough to turn the strongest stomach.

  5. The Russians do not seem to have a problem grossly violating their own citizens rights under their obligations under the the European Convention or the rights of citizens of other members of the Council of Europe, what makes the International Olympic Committee think they will keep to their obligations under the IOC agreements? They are at present in a state of denial.

  6. Since the situation in Russia is clearly heading towards recriminalization of homosexuality, the committee should consider not holding the event in the country. But it’s not going to happen, so it’s stance on human rights is more or less clear.

  7. I don;t necessarily see the need for a boycott, but our Olympic authorities and which ever broadcaster is showing the event, BBC(?) must surely ensure the safety, wellbeing and in particular that those attending will not be discriminated against.

    1. GulliverUK 23 Jul 2013, 9:39am

      I would think that this was a ‘legal’ obligation, for avoidance of any doubt. They would need to provide legal representation should any athletes be arrested, and governments will need to provide consular legal assistance should any of their citizens be arrested – that is the very least they must do.

      We have had rulings only months ago, from Russia’s own courts, saying that Gay Pride was legal, and that the police violated constitutional rights in arresting people. Cases have been to the ECHR and been upheld, back in 2009, and yet we have a new law which almost outlaws being gay at all. They clearly don’t believe in the treaties they are signed up to. They should be shown the door – their idea of human rights doesn’t accord with those of the treaties.

      1. GulliverUK 23 Jul 2013, 9:46am

        For those interested in legal rulings, this site below is good;

        http://www.sexualorientationlaw.eu/index.html

  8. Keith, moral and free from plague 23 Jul 2013, 9:32am

    Russia is a sovereign country and it is their businees what laws they put in place to protect people.
    Do we hear Russia complainingv about the British mistreatment of B&B owners?
    Do we hear Russia complaining about the criminalization of the consensual adult incestuous where Russia consensual incest is not a crime?
    Bestiality is also legal in Russia.
    it is not uncommon for men to father children with multiple women, and sometimes that results in households that are openly de facto polygamous.
    It turns out that Russia is more sexually tolerant than Britain but the gay brigade will ignore these facts and the fact that Russians do not condemn Britains antiquated sexual laws which restrict activities between consenting adults such as polygamy and consensual adult incest, even between the infertile. Why are you gays silent on this injustice yet focused on Russia? Because you are not interested in human rights, only gay issues!

    1. Marx the Spot 23 Jul 2013, 9:43am

      Keith , the skip rat who is free of all reason.

      1. Keith, moral and free from plague 23 Jul 2013, 9:56am

        Some devian]t doen’t appreciate the facts!

        1. Marx the Spot 23 Jul 2013, 10:47am

          Keith, the skip rat who is a slave to the plague of religious mania.

    2. GulliverUK 23 Jul 2013, 9:55am

      Keith, do you actually think about anything else than sex, sex, sex? You have SEX on the brain, and I can only conclude that you like doing it with animals, children, your mother, and multiple women at the same time ! Only, I suspect that for most of your life your impotent nature has curtailed your impact on the rest of humanity — and thus, we see, your impact is limited to making pathetic derogatory statements about others.

      We’re not interested in incest or polygamy – bores the crap right out of me, but your seem obsessed with it. We’re talking about fundamental human rights, accorded to all under law, which is being violated by the Russian government, who are in bed with the corrupt Russian Orthodox church. And for the avoidance of any doubt, their government is violating the rights of every single Russia, with new laws outlawing any criticism of religion. Russia is already now an authoritarian theocratic dictatorship. This takes Russian corruption to a whole new level.

      1. Keith, moral and free from plague 23 Jul 2013, 10:04am

        Please do not troll. I am disinterested and immune to personal insult by complete strangers.
        I have shown that Russians have more sexual freedom than Brits and Americans yet all you can offer is some vague notion that Russia are evil because they have legislated against homosexual propaganda but there is no such protection under the human rights convention.
        Where is your righteous indignation over the criminalization of consenting adults that are related having sex, even when infertile. You are like a silent little lamb on that one. You only bleat when it is your field of perversion that is affected.
        You are not really interested in human rights are you?

        1. Disinterested? Oh bless you Keith my pet, for the best laugh of the day.

      2. Marks the Spot 23 Jul 2013, 10:58am

        GulliverUK, time after time after time trolls like Keith target this site and pick away until someone responds to them. Each time we engage with them they have achieved their objective which is to be noticed. I have asked Pink News to remove and or block the trolling elements that are easily identified on the comments, they seem to be having problems with doing that. Keith and his ilk are predictable and boring, endlessly boring. Can we collectively just either ignore or as a matter of policy mark down and report each of the trolls postings?

        1. Mark, you are right, and I do usually ignore this human turd, but I have tried a new tact recently, to engage him, and even invited to meet up for a beer and grub, but sadly he’s chicken sh1t. Clearly he doesn’t want to improve himself, or can’t, so I will take your good advice and go back to ignoring this twat.

          Thanks for reminding me this dweeb is unworthy of my time and effort. Cheers :)

        2. Although I’m not on Keith’s side, I still believe that not having some diversity of opinion is even more boring !

          1. Marx the Spot 23 Jul 2013, 2:28pm

            Having a troll come to the site to spew hate and promulgate ‘christian’ propaganda to vilify LGBT people is not diversity of opinion is it? No, it is the ranting of a hateful individual looking to disrupt, annoy, and harm where possible. So can we have a nice clear distinction between well intentioned divergence of opinion and a skip rat motivated by a bone deep hate for LGBT people?

    3. Keith, If you want incest, bestiality and polygamy to be legalised like you say, then campaign for it.

      This is a site for LGBT people, not those who want incestuous or polygamous relationships or want to have sex with animals. Find another site if that’s what your preferences are where you can link up with other people who are of the same mind as you and stop blabbering on to us about it. It’s just boring and no one is listening.

      1. Keith, moral and free from plague 23 Jul 2013, 12:14pm

        Where did I say I want those to be legalized. All filth including homosexual acts should be criminal.
        I am merely highlighting an inconsistency and hypocrisy whereby those that invoke the human rights argument are not really interested in human rights. Be more honest and admit that your only motivations are self interest.
        If you want homosexual propaganda to be legal in Russia, campaign for it and stop whinging on here.

        1. Keith, there is no such thing as homosexual propaganda. You can’t turn someone into a homosexual. So we are not campaigning to make homosexual propaganda legal, we are campaigning to stop countries from infringing on our human rights.

          Like I said, if you are interested in incest, polygamy and bestiality, you do seem to go on about it a lot, then you campaign for that and leave us to campaign for who we are.

          And if you want to campaign to make homosexuality criminal, then you do that, but blabbering on about it here isn’t going to make a jot of difference. It just makes LGBT people reading your comments laugh at you and reinforces ideas that religious fundamentalists like yourself are actually quite insane. Poor fella, you must be really screwed up. I’d get some professional help if I were you. Some friends? A life?

          1. Keith, moral and free from plague 23 Jul 2013, 1:47pm

            You have just confirmed my accusation that it is not a human rights issue at all for homosexuals. It is the curtailment of perceived rights to sprerad filth which is not even protected under the human rights convention.
            You are driven purely by self interest otherwise you would be seeking to secure the rights of all consensual adult groups. You have completely ignored the evidence I presented that Rusia affords more sexual rights to it’s citizens than Britain ( consensual adult incest, bestiality, de facto polygamy) yet you ignore the British infringements and concentrate on Russia, simply because homosexuality is your preferred perversion. Why are you ignoring the larger human rights infringements in Britain? Don’t you think you should stop pretending to be interested in human rights?
            Do you think any heterosexual should take up the cause against Russia? According to you, it is only those that have the interest in a particular practice that should campaign for it.
            Good luck!!

          2. You have completely ignored the evidence I presented that Rusia affords more sexual rights to it’s citizens than Britain

            What “evidence”? Do you now think your say-so alone is evidence, Keith my poor sweet? Your narcissism, I’m afraid, is yet again in desperate need of a check.

  9. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Jul 2013, 12:31pm

    Well, short of a boycott of the games which isn’t going to happen, we can start by boycotting Russian vodka.

    Ideally, gay athletes could withdraw from the games but for almost all of them, that would involve outing themselves which could be problematic in many countries.

    I don’t think there’s any effective solution to this.

    1. Keith, moral and free from plague 23 Jul 2013, 1:36pm

      “we can start by boycotting Russian vodka. ”
      Great idea, should work a treat!! (snigger) You are clearly an intellectual giant!
      Out of interest, which Russian vodka brands are guilty of human rights abuses against homosexuals?

      1. You are literally the dumbest person I’ve ever encountered on the internet since it’s inception. in the WHOLE world. That’s quite an accomplishment, congratulations!

  10. The Olympic committee can call for the neverending rainstorm of rainbows and candy floss and gold for all the good it would do.

    Russia doesn’t care what you’re calling for. That’s not going to stop the gangs of kids beating the man in the street to death in the middle of the night.

    Don’t call for it, demand it. Putin isn’t going to listen to your requests and you know it.

    All talk, no walk !

  11. Russia isn’t worthy of the Olympics!!!

  12. Roman Russian 26 Jul 2013, 2:39pm

    Boycotting the Olympics might is not the best solution towards athletes who were preparing for it years long. But showing a bold statement to LGBT support could work better. For example, if designers will incorporate rainbow element to athletes uniforms. Or states that openly support LGBT, will demand that rainbow flag should be hold with national flag on the opening ceremony. Also there is opportunity to support LGBT with special events in national houses during the Olympics.

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