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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...

Despite Russia's Anti-Gay Crackdown, Gay Scene In Olympic Town Thrives

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.29.2013 | Gay Voices

SOCHI, Russia -- A man named Ravil catapults onto the dance floor and starts stomping out the lezginka, the arrogant rooster strut of the Chechen nati...

IOC 'Fully Satisfied' Over Russia's Anti-Gay Law

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.26.2013 | Sports

SOCHI, Russia -- The International Olympic Committee doesn't have the authority to intervene in Russia's law banning gay propaganda and is convinced t...

Russia Rewords Olympic Truce In A Way That Kind Of Rejects Anti-Gay Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices

After lengthy negotiations with UN representatives, Russia has reworded its version of the symbolic "Olympic Truce" statement, The New York Times repo...

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...

Michelangelo Signorile

MLK's Son Discusses His Father's Gay Rights Legacy | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.22.2013 | Gay Voices

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” sp...

To the International Olympic Committee, Some Kinds of 'Propaganda' Are Worse Than Others

John Becker | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

If the IOC continues looking the other way when it comes to religious "propaganda" but punishing and silencing athletes who take a stand for LGBT equality under the guise of "political propaganda," it will be complicit in Russia's egregious human rights violations.

When Prejudice Dims the Flame

Joe Putignano | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

Recently, laws in Russia have questioned the morals of a sector of humanity, and I wonder how it has impacted the passion of our young athletes. If I'd known I was gay as a child and these laws were standing then, would it have turned me off the sport of gymnastics?

Cruise Ship Hotel For Sochi Olympics

AP | Posted 08.19.2013 | Travel

MOSCOW -- Russia is chartering a cruise ship for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi from an Italian company that operated the cruise ship which sank in 20...

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 *...

A Gay Dad's Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee: Move the Damned Games Already!

Rob Watson | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I am the father of 11- and 10-year-old sons. You are a parent to thousands of aspiring champions. You know that any of your children who are LGBT or pro-LGBT are at risk: A big, bad Russian bully has made it clear that he has it out for them. So what are you going to do about it?

A New Jackson-Vanik

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

This disturbing similar oppression of the LGBT community in Russia and that of Soviet Jewry should instruct us in how to respond.

Hoping for a Gay Jesse Owens?

Tyler Lopez | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Tyler Lopez

Merely hoping for an inspirational moment to present itself during the 2014 Winter Olympics isn't fair to anyone. By moving the Games to another location, we can avoid endangering athletes. Those of us who support LGBT rights would be just as inspired by a gay champion in Vancouver.

It's Time to Move the 2014 Winter Olympics Out of Russia

Wayne Besen | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Russia is an unsuitable and unstable nation that is unqualified to host a major world event. No country is perfect, but when Russia was awarded the 2014 Winter Olympics in 2007, few people knew that its warts were actually tumors.

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

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.15.2013 | Gay Voices

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

Pole Vault Great Condemns Homosexuality At Worlds

AP | CHRIS LEHOURITES | Posted 10.15.2013 | Sports

MOSCOW — The rainbow colors two Swedish athletes painted their fingernails in support of gays and lesbians sent a clear message and brought a sw...

The Assault on Russia's Gay Community

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Richard C. Harwood

The scenes from Russia remind us all about the preciousness and fragility of human dignity. We don't need to look to Russia to know this. But what's happening to Russia's gay community calls upon all of us to turn our attention to that nation.

Gay Russian Journalist Speaks Out Against Olympic Boycott

Posted 08.15.2013 | Gay Voices

A Russian news anchor who was fired after coming out on air spoke out against a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia Tuesday evening. ...

Hockey Needs to Be the Centerpiece for Protest at the Sochi Olympics

Andrei Markovits | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Andrei Markovits

Here's to hoping that the National Hockey League will realize the immense voice that it has in this important matter and that it will choose some means to make it heard.

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...

IOC Wants Reassurances On Russia Anti-Gay Law

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 10.09.2013 | Sports

MOSCOW — The International Olympic Committee is waiting for the Russian government to clarify the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparation...

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...