To many of my friends in the U.S., sports often entail beer on a Sunday night. To some in Africa, it might mean making and playing with a football made from plastic bags. But this is exactly how sports unite by highlighting commonality among those who are otherwise very different.
The United Nations should return to the Olympic Truce language that specifically excludes LGBT people. Masking over the discrimination that we face and giving cover to governments like Russia only make us invisible and set back our advancement toward true equality.
What a different world it might be today if the spirit of the Olympic Truce had been embraced, not diminished, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, as an antidote to the Bush administration's race to war in Iraq.