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2014 Sochi Olympics

Is Russia's Anti-Gay Backlash An 'Invented Problem'?

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

* Lower house passed law banning "gay propaganda" in June * Attracted international condemnation, questions over Sochi *...

No Chi in Sochi Olympics

Christopher Harrison | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Harrison

I must disagree with the venerable Greg Louganis. The U.S. Olympic Committee should expeditiously threaten to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics and encourage other countries to join in. Then the IOC will be forced to take up Canada's offer to have the Games moved to Vancouver.

LGBT Targets Don't Only Reside in Russia

Daniel Davidson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Davidson

As we focus our immediate efforts on the Olympics and Russia, we should remain mindful of the numerous other nations in which LGBT people face even greater, life-threatening persecution and devise strategies to impact their nations as well.

Jordan Schultz

Mikaela Shiffrin, The Prodigious Teenage Ski Racer | Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.16.2013 | Sports

Mikaela Shiffrin shreds a mountain on skis in a way that makes it hard to believe she is still just 18 years old. In March, Shiffrin became the first ...

Could Something As Simple As Holding Hands Bring Change For Anti-Gay Russia?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Pride House International, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sports and human rights groups, has launched a campaign that calls fo...

Pavlov's Dog

Markus Ziener | Posted 08.15.2013 | World
Markus Ziener

With a boycott of the Olympics in Sochi -- an event Russians are immensely proud of -- the blame would fall on the liberals. Putin gets what he wants -- a further discrediting of those who are against him. Does that mean that the West should be silent on Putin's excesses?

U.S. Athlete Is Our Hero For Dedicating Silver Medal Win In Russia To Gays

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

After winning a silver medal at the World Track & Field Championships in Moscow on Aug. 13, American middle distance runner Nick Symmonds openly dedic...

Johnny Weir: I'm Willing To Be Arrested In Russia

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Openly gay U.S. figure skate Johnny Weir recently spoke with CBS News about the prospect of competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympic games amidst Russia's ...

When It Comes to the Olympics, Cheer From Home

Melissa Carter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Melissa Carter

I refuse to give my dollars to a country that diminishes free speech and basic humanity. So while I hope that the Olympic field of competition is fuller than ever, I also hope that the stadium is emptier, the profits at hotels and restaurants smaller, and the lines to buy souvenirs shorter.

Russia's Queer 'Genetic Code'

Kevin Childs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Childs

Take a peek at Russia's past and you'll find a remarkably tenacious queerness. It has informed society, even defined revolutionary causes, and it once made Russia the most sexually tolerant place in Europe. For Putin to do justice to Russian identity, he should embrace its rich sexual diversity.

Russian Law Enforcement States That It Will Uphold Anti-Gay Legislation During Olympics

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In the new but unfortunately not surprising development, authorities confirmed Aug. 12 that law enforcement officers would uphold Russia's controversi...

International Olympic Committee May Join Russia in Punishing Gay Athletes

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Instead of actually standing up for LGBT athletes, the IOC is essentially siding with Russia and issuing a warning to lesbian and gay athletes. The IOC has made it clear that they have a double standard when it comes to accepting all athletes.

Russian Official: We Should 'Burn' The Hearts Of Gays

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In the latest chapter of Russia's continuing saga of homophobic legislation and anti-LGBT violence, Dmitri Kisilev, Deputy General Director of the Rus...

Olympics Officials Demand Russia Explain Anti-Gay Laws

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Justin Palmer MOSCOW, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Russia must explain how it will implement its controversial anti-gay propaganda law and deta...

It's Time to Reconsider the Sochi Olympics

Sasha de Vogel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sasha de Vogel

Online commenters' shock and outrage mingled with genuine confusion as to how Russia could be so backward at a moment when the rest of the world -- and particularly the U.S. -- was making strides on gay rights.

The Loophole in Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Jay Michaelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jay Michaelson

Russia's new anti-gay law has a loophole: The law, which has led to numerous arrests, beatings, and bans against LGBT people, specifically prohibits the "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations," but homosexuality is as traditionally Russian as vodka and caviar.

Instead of Punishing Russia, IOC May Punish Pro-Gay Olympians

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

The New York Times' Jeré Longman reports that the Olympic Charter "prohibits athletes from making political gestures during the Winter and Summer Games," and that this prohibition could be used to "banish" Olympians who choose to protest, even silently, against Russian homophobia.

Don't Boycott: Ban Russia From Their Own Winter Olympics

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cyd Zeigler

While the Russians would love an American boycott of the Games, being banned from their own Games would help drive public sentiment. Instead of asking our athletes to carry messages that would fall on deaf ears, it would drive Russian Olympic hopefuls to speak out to their own government.

U.S. Olympics Star Slams Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

* 'Disagrees' with law but will not comment in Moscow * Obama adds voice to criticism of legislation * British actor com...

Pro-LGBT Petition With Over 300,000 Signatures To Be Delivered To Olympic Committee

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

On Aug. 7, prominent LGBT advocacy organization All Out will deliver the culminating results of an international effort to condemn anti-LGBT legislati...

Lawmakers Send Plea To Kerry For LGBT Protection At Olympics

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for protection of LGBT rights at the 2014 Olympic games in Russi...

Petition Calls For Maddow To Join NBC's Olympics Coverage

Posted 08.02.2013 | Media

A nonprofit LGBT rights organization has called for NBC to make Rachel Maddow part of the network's Sochi 2014 Olympics coverage. Truth Wins Out l...

Russian Sports Minister Gives Ominous Warning To LGBT Olympic Athletes

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In the latest foreboding warning to come from Russia's political leaders, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko stated yesterday that athletes and spec...

How to Drink (Stoli) Responsibly

Tom Gilroy | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Tom Gilroy

Start to organize now to Ignore The Olympics. Start Google groups, Facebook pages, and Instagram campaigns where you and yours commit to not only not watching the Olympics, but boycotting any company that sponsors them or advertises on the broadcast.

WATCH: The Powerful Reason Why This Drag Queen Literally Sews Mouth Shut (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In a shocking new video, Berlin-based drag queen and DJ Barbie Breakout has engaged in a bloody form of protest against Russia by literally sewing his...