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NBA star John Amaechi: Sochi athletes should break their ‘silence’ and condemn anti-gay laws in Russia

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  1. Derek Williams 5 Feb, 6:16pm

    “The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept.”

  2. Yesh U R 5 Feb, 11:13pm

    After the broadcast tonight of the Dispatches expose’ on the desperate situation LGBT people are experiencing in Russia, I cannot accept that anyone with a shred of human decency could participate in any way in the Winter Games, not to watch them is the least we can do. As for the medal whores and so called sponsors who are in Sochi there is no depth to my loathing for them.

  3. So true John Amaechi, but beyond the dangerous and irrational anti-gay laws in Putin’s Russia the Sochi Games and corruption seem to go hand in hand, there is the sense of something really disastrous brewing here that is about to be exposed.

  4. this ‘anti-gay’ law ? :
    Criminal Code: Sexual relations and other action of a sexual nature with a person under the age of sixteen (16), Chapter 18, Article 134
    Sexual intercourse, buggery [‘muzhelozhstvo’] or lesbianism, committed by a person over 18 on a person admittedly under 14 is punishable by limitation of freedom up to three years or deprivation of freedom up to four years [R1.2].
    The second is:
    Section 6.21. Promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors
    1. The promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors expressed in the dissemination of information aimed at developing in minors non-traditional sexual facilities, at the allure of non-traditional sexual relations, at a distorted picture of the social equivalence of traditional and non-traditional sexual relations, or at the imposition of information about non-traditional sexual relationships, causing interest in such relationships,….
    Sounds like a good law to me ! Leave the kids alone homo-lobby .

    1. Are you really that naive as to think that this is about protecting children?! The UN committee on children’s rights have even condemned these laws as being destructive to children as they promote discrimination and violence.

      Leave the kid’s alone…tell that to the parents of Michael Morones.
      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/02/05/11-year-old-boy-bullied-for-liking-gay-my-little-pony-attempts-suicide-may-have-brain-damage/

  5. Pavlos 6 Feb, 8:10am

    Dima, who was left blinded in one eye after an attack by an anti-gay group, says he can almost understand why the groups target gay men, as the country’s anti-gay propaganda law silences anyone who speaks positively or neutrally about gay rights: “First they stopped us responding, and then they called us paedophiles and rapists.”

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