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US Senator Edward Markey: I am very concerned for LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in Russia

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  1. World leaders need to be doing more to educate Russian leaders. Putin & Co. think homosexuality can be “promoted” and young kids will ‘subcumb’ to homosexuality if they see it being promoted as a viable ‘lifestyle’

    It’s just sheer stupidity on their part, so if people really want to help they can start by educating Russian Parliament about LGBT people because they clearly know nothing…

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  2. I doubt Russian anti-gay feelings will have any impact on LGBT athletes. The athletes are there to compete not engage in, promote, or express their homosexuality. Homosexual visitors should exercise some self-control while in Russia or not go at all.The Olympics should not be about politics and should be a time for the world to set aside their differences. Markey should stay the hell out of this discussion!

    1. You have no idea what you are talking about. Just knowing the bigotry and violence being inflicted upon gays in Russia has an impact on gay people around the world. And, of course, the biggest impact is upon gay and fair-minded people in Russia.

      Bigots should exercise some self-control and not engage in, promote or express their bigotry.

    2. Christopher Coleman 2 Aug 2013, 3:57pm

      “The Olympics should not be about politics…”

      Indeed. However, the flag-waving and national anthems ensure that the games are about nationalism and politics, rather than the individual competitor. So, let’s deal with the real world. Politicians should get involved. In fact, they should be calling for their countries to boycott the games, keep their athletes at home, and stop TV stations from broadcasting stories about the games. and people who are planning to attend should just stay away.

  3. Paula Thomas 2 Aug 2013, 3:32pm

    Can I just ask why nobody is worried about the IAAF World Athletics Championships which wil take place in Moscow this mothh?

    And we wander why athletes don’t come out…

    1. Christopher Coleman 2 Aug 2013, 4:00pm

      The IAAF World Athletics Championships are not in the daily news reports, so most of us do not know they are taking place. First I’ve heard, but I do not follow sport much, so no surprise there. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

      1. If you live in the UK it is in the daily news reports because of Ennis and her injury. I don’t know how you’ve missed it and I have no interest in athletics

    2. They’re also dead concerned about the Qatar World Cup, completely ignoring the World Cup that precedes it, which is in… Russia?!

      Consistency is dead.

  4. America would be a better bet for a boycott. They could use it in their childish back and forth with Russia over Snowdon.

    For those of you who support a boycott you should use this to your political advantage and petition Obama.

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