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Olympic Gold medalist Matthew Mitcham: Russia’s treatment of gay people is horrific

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  1. It will be interesting to see how Putin and his dogs reap the whirl-wind they have sown as more and more celebrities speak out to spoil the publicity they seek from Sochi – the most expensive Olympic Games in history (mainly because of the bribes, I imagine)…….I wonder when is Boris, ‘Mayor of London-Twinned-with-Moscow’, going to say something, now that Manchester has?…

  2. Scott Rose 3 Aug 2013, 7:56pm

    Perhaps the most onerous impact of the Russian gay-bashing laws is that felt by young LGBT Russians. By law, nobody may say anything positive about their sexual orientation. Just imagine what that means, to young gay people. Imagine, too, what a similar law against some other minority would mean to the members of that minority. For example, imagine that it were illegal in the United States to say anything affirmative about disabled people. That is not to compare homosexual orientation with a disability, but rather to point out the hatefulness of the Russian laws.

    1. Commander Thor 3 Aug 2013, 9:11pm

      Or don’t say anything positive about Jews, while everyone around you holds anti-Semitic opinions as objective truth.

  3. Athletes from across the globe should wear pink triangles on their uniforms throughout the games as a sign of protest.

    1. But they will need to wear Speedos if they are to get an article in Pink News. Presumably they didn’t have a picture of Mitcham with his clothes on.

      1. Really ???? Do you have to work hard at being a complete plonker or does it just come naturally?

  4. Scott Rose:
    ” By law, nobody may say anything positive about their sexual orientation.”
    That would be the UK under Section 28, then.

    1. Commander Thor 3 Aug 2013, 9:14pm

      No. Section 28 only applied to things that got money from the government. It was not even a criminal offence.

  5. Ethel Clutterbuck 3 Aug 2013, 8:31pm

    Section 28, vile though it was, applied only to local governments – Councils were not supposed to “promote” homosexuality. Section 28 spurred individuals and organisations such as Outrage and Stonewall to protest in a variety of ways. These people and organisations were not fined or jailed for talking about their sexual orientation.

    The situation in Russia is on a different and appalling scale

    1. “These people and organisations were not fined or jailed for talking about their sexual orientation.”

      Ethel, I hope you are not completely unaware of the vilification and psychological suffering that Section 28 imposed here in the UK. The effects of Section 28 had some similarities to the persecution that is now occurring in Putin’s Russia.

  6. UglyGeezer 3 Aug 2013, 8:44pm

    Well done to this young man yet again.
    But come on, where are the rest of the sporting voices getting behind him, gay and straight

    1. BlokeToys 6 Aug 2013, 1:18pm

      They probably won’t say anything and pretend it’s not happening, thereby avoiding the difficult discussion about themselves boycotting the games.

      No one wants to say it, but they all want to go and they are scared of the backlash they’ll get from the gay community if they talk about this Human rights issue and STILL go to the games.

      The real travesty is that if enough of them boycott the games, the IOC will be forced to move it to another host nation. You cannot have a games when a large number of sporting stars are refusing to attend.

      It doesn’t look like there are many sporting stars with a spine though. A few will make nice noises about it, register their disappointment, and then tow the line and participate anyway.

  7. It serves a very useful purpose indeed, highlighting him as a positive role model. We don’t have nearly enough ‘out’ people in sports, so every one that is ‘openly gay’ is a great step forward.

    Of course, in a perfect world you would be right: there would be no need for this to be newsworthy, just as we don’t say that President Obama is ‘openly left handed’.

    Sadly though, it’s not yet a perfect world…

    1. Commander Thor 4 Aug 2013, 8:10am

      Well he is openly black though. The fact that he is black did make the news.

      1. Commander Thor 4 Aug 2013, 10:34am

        Your mama is openly fat.

      2. Openly Fabulous 4 Aug 2013, 6:04pm

        And you are openly moronic, but you don’t find me shouting about it, do you? As for the “eventual winner”, keep dreaming you brainwashed goon. We’re winning so fast you don’t know what’s hit you. So, either get out of the closet you’re so deep in you’re practically in Narnia, or Wake up and smell the coffee!

      3. Openly Fabulous 4 Aug 2013, 6:07pm

        And you are openly moronic, but you don’t find me shouting about it, do you? As for the “eventual winner”, keep dreaming you brainwashed goon. We’re winning so fast you don’t know what’s hit you. So, either get out of the closet you’re so deep in you’re practically in Narnia, or Wake up and smell the coffee!

  8. Time to test the maturity of all the countries who now have legislated same sex marriage equality. Boycott These games now.

  9. Commander Thor 4 Aug 2013, 8:09am

    Go sniff some poop.

    1. That’s an educated and thing to say. You’ve convinced me, where do I sign up to be a bigot?

  10. Is Tom Daley going to the Winter Olympics? It might help a great deal if he were to speak out on human rights in Russia. He has previously spoken against the homophobia Matthew Mitcham encountered after he came out – http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/apr/18/tom-daley-interview

    BTW Tom Daley was on Newsround yesterday

  11. Commander Thor 4 Aug 2013, 10:34am

    We wouldn’t lock them up or torture them – that’s the difference between a civilised society and a dictatorship. In a civilised society, they are allowed to campaign.

    But I guess that doesn’t make any sense to you…go sniff some poop.

  12. bobbleobble 4 Aug 2013, 11:44am

    Russia’s ban on talking positively about being gay certainly does breach freedom of expression as guaranteed under article 10 of the ECHR and quite possibly freedom of association guaranteed under article 11 since Pride and other gatherings of gay people are caught under this law. Russia is a member of the Council of Europe and therefore should be guaranteeing these things not curtailing them.

    And if the Russians wish to criticise our criminalisation of incest they are perfectly able to do so. The difference is that if they come to this country and campaign or even talk about incest in a favourable way they won’t be imprisoned and deported.

    1. Commander Thor 4 Aug 2013, 1:30pm

      We wouldn’t lock them up or torture them – that’s the difference between a civilised society and a dictatorship. In a civilised society, they are allowed to campaign.

      But I guess that doesn’t make any sense to you…go sniff some poop.

    2. A lot of people thought that way in 1939 too.

      Why not take your own advice and stop sticking your beak into gay news websites that you consider ‘infested’ with bias? Get a life, poor dear.

    3. “You are not the one who decides what is right and wrong, moral or immoral for others”

      But apparently you can dictate what is moral and immoral when others can’t, Keith “the moral educator” ? What makes you more qualified than others to determine what is moral and immoral anyway? Do you have a BTEC in Morality? I’d be surprised if you had a GCSE in English if I’m honest.

      Mr. Pink

    4. Commander Thor 4 Aug 2013, 5:14pm

      We wouldn’t lock them up or torture them – that’s the difference between a civilised society and a dictatorship. In a civilised society, they are allowed to campaign.

      But I guess that doesn’t make any sense to you…go sniff some poop.

  13. It’s so good to see that so many people around the world are actually speaking out and doing SOMETHING about Putin’s Russia’s attitude to people who happen to be homosexual.

  14. Do we see the Russians criticizing our draconian laws which criminalize consenting adults having sex or marrying maultiple partners? No we don’t.

    How do you know? Are you now claiming to be able to read Russian newspapers? And what’s with the “our”, have you abandoned your native shores and crossed the Atlantic all of a sudden?

    BTW people who so stridently proclaim their educational credentials should know better than to write the possessive its with an apostrophe. More Keith the perpetual loser, really.

    1. Commander Thor 4 Aug 2013, 3:35pm

      We wouldn’t lock them up or torture them – that’s the difference between a civilised society and a dictatorship. In a civilised society, they are allowed to campaign.

      But I guess that doesn’t make any sense to you…go sniff some poop.

    2. “Our”?

      And no, I can’t – since I can’t understand Russian I steer clear of making any claims of what they do or do not say in their various media. I advise you to do the same.

      1. Commander Thor 4 Aug 2013, 7:06pm

        We wouldn’t lock them up or torture them – that’s the difference between a civilised society and a dictatorship. In a civilised society, they are allowed to campaign.

        But I guess that doesn’t make any sense to you…go sniff some poop.

  15. Good news! The more people who speak out the better, especially athletes. & great to hear he lives openly, and very cute to boot !

    “Their whole memory and experience is going to be marred by this stuff. They are going to be made to feel unacceptable, inappropriate, and it is a really awful, awful feeling.”

    This is a great point. He seems like a cool guy who knows his stuff, all the best in the future Matthew ! :)

    Love Conquers Hate
    Always has, always will

    Russia will come round, eventually.

    Mr. Pink

  16. Thanks from all russian LGBT people

  17. Justusboyz 5 Aug 2013, 12:24pm

    Good boy Matthew hope other lgbt athletes will voice an opinion

  18. Commander Thor 5 Aug 2013, 2:38pm

    We wouldn’t lock them up or torture them – that’s the difference between a civilised society and a dictatorship. In a civilised society, they are allowed to campaign.

    But I guess that doesn’t make any sense to you…go sniff some poop.

  19. Christopher in Canada 5 Aug 2013, 2:48pm

    Oh, those Russians…

    Boney M in the song “Rasputin”, 1979

  20. Yes, Russia’s treatment of LGBT people is indeed horrific.

    I think the Australian treatment of Aborgines and asylum seekers is horrific too.

  21. BlokeToys 6 Aug 2013, 1:13pm

    Boycott.

    I cannot support any athlete who ignores an issue as important as basic Human rights to satisfy their own desire for personal glory.

    Talk is cheap, it’s time athletes started growing a spine.

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