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Russia Olympics 2014

From Russia: Putin Loses

Brian Shactman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Sports
Brian Shactman

Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently winning the war: Safe Olympics (so far), leading the medal count and even journalists have stopped complaining about unfinished rooms and brown water. But he's lost the battle. Big time.

It's Actually Pretty Warm In Sochi Right Now

AP | LEONID CHIZHOV | Posted 02.12.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — With temperatures rising on the Black Sea coast, the Sochi Olympics are starting to feel more like the Summer Games. On Monday...

Why Aren't Asian Leaders Bothered By Russia's Gay Rights Stance?

AP | Posted 02.07.2014 | Gay Voices

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Chinese counterpart appear not to be bothered by the international ruckus over Russia's law ...

More Problems For Sochi Olympics

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 02.02.2014 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The IOC is urging Russian Olympic organizers to move quickly to resolve the issue of accommodations that are not ready for accr...

Olympians Speak Out Against Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Laws

Agence France Presse | Robert MacPherson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Gay Voices

More than 50 Olympians past and present have put their names to a growing petition calling on Russia to cease its crackdown on gays ahead of the Sochi...

Johnny Weir: 'I've Come Under So Much Hate' From The Gay Community For My Russian Views

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices

By Pritha Sarkar LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - As an openly gay American athlete who is a self-confessed Russophile, Johnny Weir feels he ...

Olympics Officials Are 'Putting Their Head In The Sand' Over Russian Gay Law, Says Out Athlete

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Tennis star Martina Navratilova and U.S. basketball player Jason Collins said on...

The Rings Stand for Inclusion. So Do We, and So Can You!

Udi Behr | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Udi Behr

LoveandPride.com and I are starting the "Missing Link" campaign to help raise awareness about the injustices that the LGBT community in Russia is facing on the eve of the Olympics in Sochi. Like my company, I am committed to fighting for inclusion and ending discrimination against all people.

Olympic Torch Blasts Off Into Space

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports

MOSCOW -- MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos Thursday carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the International ...

Putin Vows 2014 Olympics Will Be 'Comfortable' For Gay Athletes

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.29.2013 | Gay Voices

President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay and lesbian athletes and guests at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in February will feel at ease d...

Putin Says He Wants Gay Guests To Feel 'Comfortable' At 2014 Olympics

AP | Posted 12.28.2013 | Gay Voices

SOCHI, Russia — SOCHI, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi wil...

Travel With The Olympic Torch

Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel

Monday kicked off the 39,000-mile trek the Olympic Torch will make across Russia before kicking off the Games on February 7. We were curious to s...

Pro-Gay Demonstrators Descend Upon Olympic Flame Ceremony

AP | DEMETRIS NELLAS | Posted 10.05.2013 | Gay Voices

ATHENS, Greece -- ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the Sochi Winter Olympics in a ceremony at the site of the fir...

Olympics Officials Back Gay Rights, But Warn 'We Are Not A Human Rights Organization'

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices

By Steve Keating PARK CITY, Utah Oct 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Olympic officials said on Tuesday they support amending the Olympic Charter to ...

Olympic Skier Slams Russia's Gay Law As 'Ignorant, Intolerant'

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices

By Steve Keating PARK CITY, Utah, Sept 30 (Reuters) - While some athletes danced around Russia's anti-gay legislation on Monday America...

Is Russia's Anti-Gay Law's Impact On The Olympics Just 'Speculation'?

AP | TALES AZZONI | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- The head of the Sochi Olympics asked the IOC on Sunday to help "stop this campaign and this speculation" related to the ant...

Anti-Gay Law Isn't Discrimination, Russian Officials Claim

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 10.23.2013 | Gay Voices

LONDON — The Russian government assured the IOC on Thursday it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Sochi Olympics, while defend...

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

Reuters | Posted 10.18.2013 | Gay Voices

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

Boycotting the Winter Olympics Isn't Enough

Eden Walker | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Eden Walker

With the failure of governments to act in the name of the voters in anything other than war and death it's up to the LGBT community to take action on our own, we have to stoke this fire and fan the flames until people do listen.

Putin Is 'Czar Of Homophobia,' Say London Protesters

Reuters | Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices

By Costas Pitas LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people protested in London on Saturday against a Russian anti-gay propaganda la...

Olympics Officials Demand Russia Explain Anti-Gay Laws

Reuters | Posted 10.09.2013 | Gay Voices

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

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...

WATCH: This Gay Olympian Won't Return To The Closet For Russia

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Amid the controversy surrounding Russia's "gay propaganda" ban as the country prepares to host the 2014 Olympic Games, openly gay Olympic speed skater...

The Ripple Effect Of Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

AP | DAVID CRARY and LISA LEFF | Posted 09.28.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose bo...

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. ...