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Russia: ‘Olympic Truce’ altered after pressure from United Nations to include gay equality

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  1. Dr. Damn Right 15 Sep 2013, 12:31pm

    Yeah. They don’t mind saying the Olympics “promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind.” because of what Putin said a while ago. He said GLBT’s weren’t discriminated against, because they had exactly the same rights as straights, meaning the right to marry the opposite sex and the right to talk about heterosexuality. This is a nasty variant of the ‘gay rights are speshul rights’-argument and Orwellian-grade doublespeak.

  2. Yes, this new phrase simply enables Russia to be let off the hook. It’s simply not specific enough. Discrimination of anything and everything is an activity which we all practise, and must practise. Hence any meaningful statement MUST state precisely what will NOT be discriminated against. Otherwise it’s meaningless.

  3. Screw the Sochi Olympic and Russia, I will not support them in any way.

  4. St Sebastian, the humanist 15 Sep 2013, 1:21pm

    Who cares about what is essentially a commercial event, I am far more concerned for the welfare of the LGBTI citizens of Russia after the world’s gaze has passed.

    1. These Olympics are a one-off opportunity to make things better for GLBT Russians during and after the games. I think that has been more than clear in the various discussions and postings. Duh!

  5. The fact that they couldn’t bring themselves to include LGBT people and use expected wording alluding to sexuality is enough of an offense here, and the UN has NO CAUSE to pat itself on the back.

    This is not inclusive, it does not show any willingness to include sexual orientation of gender identity, and it is an affront to suggest that this will “make do”.

    Once again, the UN has allowed pencil pushing, overpaid bureaucrats to claim a victory when no victory was achieved and Russia laughed them out of the room.

  6. GulliverUK 15 Sep 2013, 1:41pm

    Anything Putin or his government says is worthless, they now lack any credibility.

    But we have to remember that the IOC let them get away with it, and so have the International community. When they have another Adolf Hitler on their hands they’d better be prepared to act fast, unlike in WW II.

  7. We should encourage all our families, work colleagues and friends to boycott Russia – don’t visit and don’t buy its products until this pariah state abandons abandons its hideous and medieval oppression of our gay cousins.

  8. Catherine Norman 15 Sep 2013, 2:10pm

    The IOC is breaking their own Charter by going to Russia, but no one cares about that. The IOC is just as bad as Putin, they support his blatant hate of his own people.

  9. The quote from the Greek rep, Iakovos Iakovidis, was interesting, since no such protections exist for Greek LGBTs in the Greek Constitution, thanks to the malevolent influence of the Greek Orthodox Church.

  10. If you don’t gender conform sadly Olympian ideals of inclusion only go so far.

  11. “Russia was eventually persuaded to reword the truce resolution – to “promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind.””

    All well and good, but Putin is already on record as saying anti-gay discrimination does not exist in Russia, in spite of what is going on there.
    If his government is able to convince the world for a few weeks that beating and torturing gay people for being gay is somehow not discrimination then they will say they’re not going against any promises they made to the UN.

  12. Today: Russia was asked to include sexual orientation to the list of protections under the Olympic Truce. But rather than simply adding it, they decided to remove everything else.
    The responsibility of doing their job must be too great for the state to handle.

    1936: When asked to congratulate all winning athletes, and not just the German winners. Kind Uncle Adolf decided that he would not be congratulating any athletes of any nationality.
    The responsibility of doing his job must be too great for the state to handle.

  13. Sochi Olympic Shame

  14. Why was Pelosi so satisfied with the closing? Even if it said that we’re all Gods children it appeared to almost underline that some of us will be judged by God in the end, and I’m afraid they don’t mean themselves here.

    1. With Pelosi, you have to read subtext: that was a dig at Putin, and a sharp one. She’s not satisfied with his statement at all.

  15. Barry William Teske 16 Sep 2013, 12:30am

    What about us who refuse to be subjugated by Gods so called love?
    Are we stiil to be marginalized and denied our naturally born being?
    In light of these facts both Putin and Pelosi are still off base.
    Their freedoms are nothing but illusion for they fear their ability to be their true selves.

    1. You’re misreading Pelosi’s comment (see my comment above). Basically, she’s calling him a liar and hypocrite — in the nicest possible way.

  16. Tom (Winnipeg) 16 Sep 2013, 1:27am

    My concern is with the spineless world leaders who can’t – or won’t – stand up to the Russian Nazis.

  17. Christopher in Canada 16 Sep 2013, 1:42am

    Peace in our time, Neville.

  18. Colin (London) 16 Sep 2013, 9:12am

    I know I’ve said this before but I’m trying to get it out there.

    For the period of the Olympics simply delete the channels broadcasting the Olympics so promoters, Broadcasters and Russia get no promotion and waste their money. BBC etc We are 420 million gay people (Per UN 6%) If one member of your family and one friend supported each one of us thats 1.3 bn people almost 20% of the planet.

    This is doable folks

  19. Missed opportunity. Shame on the useless UN for playing straight into Putin’s hands.

  20. Putin has repeatedly said that gay people are not discriminated against in Russia despite the ongoing situation with the anti-gay law he introduced as part of the moral crackdown that commenced shortly after he divorced from his wife.
    Because Putin does not recognise that gay people are being discriminated against presently, the truce resolution – to “promote social inclusion without discrimination of any kind.” is without meaning for gay citizens and visitors to the games and provides no protection.

  21. Russia has the cheek to have a logo for the Sochi olypmics with a dove of peace!!!! Perhaps all those bright flame like pixels coming from the dove represents the international anger at the way Russia treats it’s LGBT citizens!

  22. Another publicity stunt, showing that the powers-that-be are really, really concerned about the treatment of LGBTs in Russia. Yeah, right. It’s all PR, and means absolutely nothing.

  23. .....Paddyswurds 16 Sep 2013, 1:01pm

    Anyone who attends be they athletes or performers should be shunned ostracised and vilified if they attend. A large chunk of the money these people depend on is the Pink £/$/€ and they should be under no illusion that we wont use that power. The performers may spend a day or two being feted by the homophobic Rus, but they must return to civilisation eventually and expect us to attend their concerts, movies etc. Well No, we wont be party to supporting those who proved themselves homophobes of the vilest kind. The same applies to athletes who will want to use their medals to represent western companies and sell their products; well think again. No one will buy products promoted by homophobic bigots….!! We will be watching!

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