Russia arrested the first "demonstrator", a man who dared to held up a rainbow-colored flag during the Olympic torch relay in Voronezh, Russia.
Looks like this promise already banned to history.
Officials and sponsors promised that everyone will be safe and protected from anti-gay discrimination during the Winter Olympics. That promise may now have been broken in the most extreme way.
Looks like this promise already banned to history.
Corporate sponsors have the most to lose right now as their global Olympic ads roll out. If we all raise a massive outcry, we'll make sure they have to speak out – or they'll risk losing face in front of the whole world.
Click here to sign the petition and ask all Olympic sponsors to stand up and speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws:
Coca-Cola may have been implicated in the arrest earlier today of a Russian gay rights activist who was simply holding a small rainbow flag as the Olympic flame went by on the road. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia next month.
Pavel Lebedev was jumped by officials in official Olympic gear, later identified by the Associated Press as “Olympic security officials.”
What was not known at that time was that the standard uniform of the Olympic security officials who assaulted the civil rights advocate appears to sport the Coca-Cola logo. Keep in mind that no one sports the Coca-Cola logo, or any other logo of an Olympic sponsor, without Coke’s explicit permission.
Here’s Lebedev being arrested. Note the small grouping of white hexagons on his Olympic attacker’s leg.
A Google search turned up other Olympic security officials at other Olympic flame events wearing the same blue and white uniforms and sporting the same white hexagons, such as this one, courtesy of Russian gas giant Gazprom:
You’ll note that the first hexagon in the photo immediately above appears to have the same logo as the man who attacked the gay rights advocates. It’s the Sochi 2014 logo.
Now, on closer examination, look whose logo is also on the leg of the Olympic security agent just above:
I was unable to identity the other two logos alongside the Coke logo – if anyone can identity them, let me know.
In order to make sure different security agents weren’t sporting different corporate logos, I looked around and found additional Olympic security personnel – all of whom appear to have the exact same logos on their white hexagon, including the Coke logo. For example, here one on the man’s chest:
And here on another man’s leg:
And here’s another from the Sochi Twitter feed at an entirely different event – while you can’t read the logos, the shapes and colors (red red blue) appear to be identical:
Whenever I found the white hexagons on a blue-uniformed Olympic security agent, and the logos were visible, the Coke logo was there.
Was the Olympic security agent who accosted a young gay civil rights advocate in Russia earlier today also wearing the Coca-Cola logo?
And just as important, if he was wearing the logo, why would Coke give permission for their logo to be worn by security agents that they must have known would eventually have run-ins with gay civil rights advocates? It’s almost a given at this Olympics.
I asked Duncan Osborne, a spokesman for Queer Nation, that has been targeting Coca-Cola and other sponsors for their support of the Russian Olympics, for his take on all of this:
“The IOC and The Coca-Cola Company have been silent about the Russia government’s violations of human rights, including its attacks on LGBT Russians,” Osborne said. “And now the perpetrators of today’s assault are wearing the Olympic brand, and appear to be wearing Coke’s as well. It is past t
The torch will be transported by train to Sochi, and take a ride on a ferris wheel before swimming with the dolphin. An animal trainer will hold onto a dolphin's fin with one hand and the torch with the other.
Russia’s Olympic torch had exploded and was engulfed by flames when it passed through a small city near Moscow, on October 18,- as reported by RIA Novosti here; http://en.ria.ru/sochi2014/20131023/184292519/Olympic-Torch-Erupts-in-Flames-During-Relay.html Russia's Olympic torches are produced by a factory that also manufactures parts for Russian ballistic missiles, submarines and the space rockets.
Urge the President of the International Olympic Comittees to protect the dolphin to keep her out of the Olympics. Dolphins in their natural ocean habitat, never in contact with fire and, accordingly, have a natural shyness and fear of fire. There is also the risk of another accident in which the dolphin could suffer extremely painful burns, or be killed during training exercises or at the Olympics. Tell the International Olympic Comittee to cancel the dolphin performance at Sochi 2014 Olympics.
International Olympic Comittees
President Thomas Bach
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a very awesome petition supporter has made some tweet generating links so you can just send a message to the corporations with one click! It will take only a few seconds, so please do:
Countdown: 21 days until Russia's Winter Olympics – and the anti-gay laws are still in place. But we've got a plan. President Putin wants the Olympics to be about showing Russia off to build political power and attract corporate dollars.We can put that at risk, if we get the whole world talking about Russia's anti-gay laws instead. The outcry could be enough to get them to reconsider the laws.
First step: let's get all of athletes who're going to the Olympics to join in! Can you sign to show your support and encourage Team USA to join in?
Athletes making political statements or gestures at the Games could be punished under the Olympic rules. But we've got a clever way around that. We're only asking them to publicly show their support for one of the Olympic's very own rules – Principle 6, which says no discrimination is allowed.
Snowboarder Belle Brockhoff has signed up, and so has the entire Australian men's bobsled team! But we'll need more olympians from all over the world to publicly support Principle 6 and Russia's lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.
Sign to show skiers, skaters and sledders from Team USA how much their support matters:
Athletes are in a unique position to make a difference right now – they could talk about Principle 6 at press conferences and interviews, and wear Principle 6 t-shirts when rules allow, to broadcast our message around the world.
President Putin has recently shown he's worried that global outrage about anti-gay laws and human rights abuses could ruin his Olympics. He changed his mind about banning protests at the Olympics site, and he released high profile political prisoners including Pussy Riot.
We'll be talking a lot about Russia's anti-gay laws over the next few weeks but of course All Out is about every country where there are anti-gay laws. The office team is regularly on the phone with activists in Uganda, Nigeria, India, Cameroon and around the world, looking for ways 1.9 million of us can help when the time is right.
First Olympic athletes, then we'll get sponsors like Coke to join in too:
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One person who commented on the site referenced this blog:
Club mayak is one such club, a cabaret venue where drag queens strut their stuff on stage. The club even created Olympic-themed “Sochi Mayak 2014” flyers to promote itself during the games, featuring drag queens dressed as figure skaters, skiers and bobsledders.
Mayak's popularity reportedly grew as the city expanded with the construction of Olympic venues, according to The Daily Beast. As of last October, it was attracting up to 400 guests a night.
The club's owner Andrei Tenichev told the Associated Press in September that the Russian Olympic Committee didn't question Mayak's existence because "they don't want the slightest scandal" in the months leading up to the Olympic games.
Tenichev hoped that Sochi’s gay culture would survive post-Olympics despite Russia's draconian anti-gay law. Known as a refuge for Russian gay people during the Soviet era, the souther resort town has slowly seen a decline in gay visitors, according to Tenichev.
Once drawn to the town's “what-happens-in-Sochi-stays-in-Sochi” allure, many gay Russians are now opting to travel elsewhere because of the government's crackdown.
Tried, but couldn't get the picture of the Russian drag queens in Olympic gear to come up.....
For the Russian drag Queens in "normal" Evening Wear, see the post above...