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  1. I hope he is the first of many.

  2. Jock S. Trap 14 Aug 2013, 3:21pm

    Excellent…. This is what it means… stuff Russia the LGBT community is us all and we All deserve respect.

    Here’s to many, many more!!!

  3. Strongfemme 14 Aug 2013, 3:21pm

    We Salute You, Sir Nick Symmonds …

  4. Now it’s a foreign “extremist” for the Russian authorities to deal with. Imagine there is a few folk’s up at FIFA and IOC HQ’s who’s ar$e’s just tensed up a little

  5. Thank you, Nick.

  6. Well done, Nick Symmonds. I hope your colleagues have as much bottle. The momentum MUST be maintained. Russia cannot be allowed to call itself a ‘civilsed’ or ‘democratic’ nation if it continues to marginalise and dehumanise gay people. “The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities”.~John Dalberg, The History of Freedom in Antiquity, [1877].

  7. Who was he interviewed by.

    Unless it was to a Russian media outlet with a russian audience then this is not an effective way to challenge Russian fascism.

    A massive GAY POWER flag (in Russian) is the most appropriate way to protest Russia’s murderous savagery.

    1. Exactly. Have done a brief Google search and can’t find any sign of the speech itself, to whom he gave it, etc.

      As you say, it’s no good objecting to cameras from outside Russia. Athletes have to protest directly in front of the eyes of the Russians. They have to DARE to accuse the Russians.

      1. supposedly said to R-Sport, which appears to be a Russian sports website.

        1. Thanks. Have searched rsport website but can find no mention of this protest.

          A search on his name only brings up a page with no details on it:
          http://en.rsport.ru/stat/athletics/person/679537729/679537729/profile.html

          So if he told r-sport, what did r-sport do with it?

        2. Nothing on:
          http://en.rsport.ru/photo/

          Nothing on:
          http://en.rsport.ru/video/

          Nothing on:
          http://en.rsport.ru/interview/

          So who told the Outsports website that Symmonds had said something in an interview to R-Sport?

          The Advocate website is also reporting that Outsports has reported that something was said to R-Sport.
          http://www.advocate.com/sports/2013/08/14/american-runner-dedicates-medal-gay-friends-moscow

          So the lesson may be: protest to Russian media and nothing will be passed on! Better then to protest to foreign media and let it be broadcast around the world, at least. It’ll find it’s way back to Russia!

    2. According to Outsport he was interviewed by R-Sport, a russian media. Would you be so brave? I don’t think I would be.

  8. This is what I call an example to follow !

  9. All the Russian politicians are probably arguing amongst each other right now, trying to decide whether to have Symmonds arrested or not.

    Nick Symmonds is the first to say anything on Russian soil that is supportive of gay people. He’s brave for making the first move. Hopefully now there will be others following him.

    1. There’s no legal ground to arrest him. He didn’t spread any kind of “homosexual propaganda among minors”, and it’s entirely his personal choice to whom he dedicates his medal. But I’m sure that some extreme Russian fools are considering such step.

      1. They must be gathering evidence by calling round the families who attending the event to see is his speech turned any of their children gay, they must be expecting the results any day now.

  10. Courageous to have done that in Russia.

  11. Godric Godricson 14 Aug 2013, 4:42pm

    Thank Nick, your comment is very much appreciated

  12. What a wonderful chap

  13. Dan Filson 15 Aug 2013, 1:34am

    The bravery would also lie with the folk who having got the interview tried to get Russian media to broadcast it.

  14. Thank you so much for your stand, we hope we get many more but please take care, those Russians can be utter wankers, just look at their poxy leader, Miss Putrid Putin.

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