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2014 Sochi Olympics

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

John Becker | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay 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 10.07.2013 | Gay 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 10.07.2013 | Gay 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 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices

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

Kwan Returning To Olympics

AP | BARRY WILNER | Posted 08.06.2013 | Sports

-- Michelle Kwan is going back to the Olympics – as a television analyst. Kwan has been hired by Fox Sports to cover the Winter Olympics in So...

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 08.02.2013 | Gay 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 08.02.2013 | Gay 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...

Lila Shapiro

Activists to Russian Consulate: 'We're Here, We're Queer, We're Drinking Only Beer!' | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, about 100 activists crowded behind a police barricade across the street from the Russian consulate to protest a slew of anti...

Recent Profiles in Leadership

Dana Beyer | Posted 09.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

There have been times in modern U.S. and world history when thoughtful, responsive and compassionate leadership was nowhere to be found. This past week we were treated to a sudden outburst of enlightened engagement from three people who are closely watched by millions.

WATCH: 'Most Original Stoli Guy' Gets Ambushed By ACT UP

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices

Activists associated with ACT UP / NY disrupted Stoli Vodka's "Most Original Stoli Guy" event last night, July 30, at Splash Bar in Chelsea. The ...

Everything You Wanted To Know About Sochi

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 07.31.2013 | Travel

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are just six months away. Whether you're planning on traveling to watch the games or are simply a fan of the world's...

Johnny Weir Sounds Off On The Possibility Of Gay Athletes Boycotting Russian Olympics

Posted 07.26.2013 | Gay Voices

U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir sounded off on pleas for a 2014 Sochi Olympics boycott in the wake of controversial anti-gay legislation in Russia. ...

Sochi vs. Vancouver: Why This Olympic Experience Will Be Very Different

Robbie Romu | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Robbie Romu

Even if Putin himself signs a decree stating that no LGBT persons will be subjected to Russia's draconian laws and that their safety will be guaranteed, boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi or pulling out completely is still the right thing to do.

Senators Press Putin To Send Back Snowden

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a resolution Friday calling on President Barack Obama to recommend an alternative ...

Bidding Wars and Olympic Madness

Andrew Zimbalist | Posted 08.11.2013 | Sports
Andrew Zimbalist

Politicians' egos, buoyed by the private economic interests that stand to profit and the frenzied international competition for hosting the Olympics, drive the bid. It leads to untethered grandiosity. Putin's pet project in Sochi seems to be a case in point.

Russian Officials Insist Sochi Games Will Be Safe

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 04.19.2013 | Sports

MOSCOW -- The naming of two Chechen brothers as the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing is reviving fears about security at the 2014 Winter...

Russia To Beef Up Olympics Security In Wake Of Boston Attacks

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 06.16.2013 | World

MOSCOW — Russian officials gave mixed signals Tuesday over whether they needed to increase security at key sporting events like the World Athlet...

Russia Saving Snow To Ensure White Olympics

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.27.2013 | World

Russia has started to stockpile hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of snow to ensure the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is not hit by unpredictable ...

'I'm More Powerful Now'

AP | TIM REYNOLDS | Posted 02.28.2013 | Sports

Lolo Jones will miss the food. Her first season as a member of the U.S. national bobsledding team brought her three medals, some much-n...

Pussy Riot Punk Says Bandmates Could Be Released Early

Agence France Presse | Anna Malpas | Posted 04.28.2013 | World

Freed Pussy Riot punk Yekaterina Samutsevich vowed to pursue every legal route to free her jailed bandmates, saying there was still a chance the Russi...

Why Johnny Weir Says Olympic Athletes Shouldn't 'Wear A Big Rainbow Flag Fur Coat'

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Echoing the sentiments of its controversial anti-gay laws, Russian officials have reportedly rejected an application for a Pride House at the 2014 Oly...

Trubles In Sochi


SOCHI, Russia — A year before the 2014 Winter Olympics are to begin, President Vladimir Putin has demanded that a senior member of the Russian O...