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Aug 3, 2013

The case AGAINST a Boycott: as recorded in the Gay Press:
The Gay Community, including the Gay Community in RUSSIA, itself, is DIVIDED on this issue.
23 Russian LGBT activists have issued a statement calling for a boycott of the Games, scheduled to begin February 7, 2014, in the resort town of Sochi.
"Vladimir Putin's regime will not get away with anti-Gay violence. We speak out in favor of boycotting Russian goods and Companies, and the Olympic Games in Sochi."

Other Russian activists, however, are urging the world to participate in the games but use the occasion to protest Russia's anti-Gay policies.
The Russian LGBT Network, an NGO affiliated with the International Lesbian and Gay Association {ILGA}, called for athletes and spectators to attend the games but visibly display solidarity with Russia's LGBT population. [See entire statement, too long to post here, on the ILGA FACEBOOK PAGE.]
"Do not boycott the Olympics - boycott Homophobia! Stand in solidarity with people in Russia and bring LGBT pride and values of human rights and freedoms to the Games in Sochi!"
Moscow Pride leader Nikolai Alekseev announced his group would organize a "Sochi Pride" to correspond with the opening day of the Olympics.
"Join us! It will be much more effective to draw attention to official homophobia in Russia all around the world and expose the hypocrisy of the International Olympic committee, which went into discriminatory agreements with [the] Russian regime, and of the European Court of Human Rights, which still has not considered our complaint... Vive Sochi Pride 2014!"

Two of the most prominent Gay American Olympians also joined in opposition to a boyott of the Sochi games: Gay figure skater Johnny Weir.... announced that he would compete at Sochi. [Altho the Russian Hate Campaign] "is heartbreaking and a travesty of international proportions... I still will compete... I implore the world not to boycott..."
Olympic diver and AIDS activist Greg Louganis told the New York Times that "Boycotts don't work... boycotts hurt the wrong people," meaning athletes who lose their opportunity to compete rather than the host country.
Weir and Louganis are joined by Gay New Zealand speed-skater Blake Skjellerup, who announced he would compete wearing a rainbow pin while in Sochi. "For me it's less about taking a stand and more about just being myself," he said. "I have no interest in going back into the closet in Sochi..."
[Former Olympic Athlete] John Carlos, [who in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, made waves by raising his fist in a Black Power salute on the medal stand], said: "The bottom line is, if you stay home, your
message stays home with you... Don't let your message be buried and don't bury yourself. To be heard is to be greater than a boycott..."

WILL SOCHI BE SAFE?
The International Olympic Committee issued a statement... saying it had "received assurances from the highest levels" of the Russian government that athletes and fans would be exempt from arrest...
Nevertheless, Russian officials maintain that they will enforce Russian law. [!]
[Whom do you BELIEVE?]
[Also, if Olympians are "exempt", how about the innocent LGBT people who LIVE in Russia who are NOT "exempt"? How best to SHOW SOLIDARITY with them. An OPEN Question!]

This CONSIDERABLY CONDENSED from "A Debate of Olympic Proportions: Should the LGBT community boycott the 2014 Winter Games in Russia?"
by Mike Andrew, Seattle Gay News Staff Writer.
The Statements and Interviews in fuller detail, are available elsewhere on the Internet.

Visibility: Everyone
Posted: Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:40 pm
Tags: lgbt homophobia FigureSkating Putin sochi olympicgames WinterOlympics lgbthate anti-gaylaws

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