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Russia is waging a war on gay people -- and Russian politicians have made it clear that they will enforce the country's draconian new anti-gay rules on both fans and athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. *Sign Petition!

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Kit B (276)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:59 am
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Russia is waging a war on gay people — and Russian politicians have made it clear that they will enforce the country's draconian new anti-gay rules on both fans and athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

The "gay propaganda" ban makes it illegal to be openly gay and has harsh consequences for anyone convicted of sharing what is considered to be "homosexual information" to minors. A same-sex embrace or carrying a pro-gay sign can lead to arrest and imprisonment.1 What's more, the Russian government can detain foreigners for up to 14 days before expelling them from the country if their behavior runs afoul of Russia's harsh anti-gay statutes.

Tell the International Olympic Committee to protect Olympic athletes and fans by moving the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.

The political environment in Russia is dangerously anti-gay. Over 70% of Russians don't think homosexuality should be accepted by society,2 and the new law has spurred a wave of anti-gay violence across the country, perpetrated by neo-Nazi groups who are abducting and torturing gay men, and then posting the pictures and video online.3

Russia's Interior Ministry, which controls the police force, just confirmed this week that it intends to enforce the anti-gay law during the Olympics.4

The Olympic Charter states that every individual must have the possibility of practicing his or her sport without discrimination of any kind.5 And the Olympic Charter is clear that the games can be moved from any host that does not conform to Olympic principles.6

Moving the Olympics out of Russia would deal a serious blow to President Putin, and the anti-gay legislators who passed the bill in parliament. A strong message of international condemnation against anti-gay persecution would draw the eyes of the world to Russia, and show politicians the international price the country will have to pay to continue its war on gays.

Tell the IOC: The Olympics must not be held in anti-gay Russia. Move the games to a country that doesn't persecute gays.

Moving the 2014 Winter Olympics would be difficult but it is not impossible. Vancouver, Canada, which hosted the games in 2010, has the infrastructure to host the games again. And if necessary the games could be postponed until 2015.

Moving the Winter Olympics is a viable option. In fact, this idea has already been suggested by a senior IOC member, Gerhard Heiberg of Norway, who said of Russia recently: "They have accepted the words of the Olympic Charter and the host city contract, so either they respect it or we have to say goodbye to them."7

Thank you for standing up against anti-gay bias.

1. Kirit Radia, "Russia Warns Olympic Athletes Could Be Fined or Arrested for Violating Ant-Gay Laws." ABC News, August 1, 2013.
2. Katie Reilly, "Russia’s anti-gay laws in line with public’s views on homosexuality." Pew Research Center, August 5, 2013.
3. [Warning: Disturbing content!] Sunnivie Brydum, "Russian Neo-Nazis Allegedly Torture Gay Teens In 'Anti-Pedophilia' Campaign." The Advocate, July 26, 2013.
4. "Russia Confirms Anti-Gay Law Will Be Enforced at Olympics." RiaNovosti, August 8, 2013.
5. [PDF] Fundamental Principles of Olympism, § 4, "Olympic Charter." International Olympic Committee, July 8, 2011.
6. [PDF] § 36.2, "Olympic Charter." International Olympic Committee, July 8, 2011.
7. Stephen Wilson, "Entertainment World Leads Outcry Against Russia." ABC News, August 10, 2013.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 7:04 am
Noted and signed ~ Thank you Kit! I'd rather see it moved than boycotted.

Ben O (171)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 7:35 am
Done. (With NO hope whatsoever though...)

Alan Lambert (91)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 7:53 am
Signed and Noted.

@David B. That's true, but it's the final straw on Putin's revival of the policies of the Soviets.

Ben O (171)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 8:01 am
And, right now 2013 World Championships in Athletics is going on in Moscow...

Elle B (84)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 8:30 am
Ty Kit. . . have in personal emails... waited to sign here ... a very urgent and serious matter . . .

Subject: I just signed this petition — will you join me?

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” ― John F. Kennedy

"To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men." ―Pres. Abraham Lincoln

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

The IOC, Team USA, et al, and the U.S. President's positions are way off the mark and an embarrassment that runs to the core of being human. . .what pitifully shallow and petty positions they have taken. . .MONEY--MONEY--MONEY...MONEY! "For the Love of Money"--O-Jays, 1973 ... should be the Olympics' musical theme if they proceed as planned...

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:02 am
Signed, along with some other petitions BMutiny has posted earlier, thx Kit.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:07 am
Thank you, Kit! (s, n, p, t) # 22,677

Jo S (619)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:18 am
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks Kit.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:33 am
Move them back to Vancouver. Signed-thx Kit

Nicole W (646)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:37 am
s/s, ty Kit

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:41 am

Monica T (278)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:43 am
Noted and sign. Thank you, Kit

lee e (114)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:45 am
I'd like to see them moved to Vancouver - I'll be disappointed to miss them - which I will if they stay in Russia - I already boycott the sponsors (in that I never use their products) - I don't drink vodka - I've no intention of ever visiting putinland - so that means boycotting NBC and the athletes if they insist on that wretched venue - I expect that will be the bottom line - I'm disappointed with /Obama - and the IOC and its hypocrisy.
I signed - thanks Kit

Lisa N (206)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:51 am
Signed, thanks Kit.

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 10:54 am
I do not hink that there is any way to actually move the Olympics out of Russia, though we can let NBC know of our displeasure. Still, NBC is not going to forgo the profit potential this time around. Perhaps pressure will nudge them towards applying their own pressure, if a similar situation emerges in the future.
As far as Putinland goes, it is like after the suppression, and repression, of so much humanity, for all those years after the revolution was stolen by Stalin, the country has emerged in a time warp, back in the dark ages, religiously.

Gene J (290)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 11:41 am
"Tell the International Olympic Committee to protect Olympic athletes and fans by moving the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia."

I do not believe the IOC has ANY moral choice but to pull these games from Russia. They have to protect the athletes first and foremost and that cannot be done in the Russia of 2014. I don't care if this means not holding this set of games or postponing them two years and putting them on the same schedule as the summer games again or simply cancelling them for four years. But they cannot be held in Russia. I wonder how many of the international athletes Russia has exported in tennis, soccer, hockey and other sports are closeted? Some, certainly. This is just a powder keg we need not allow to explode. Pull the Games, nothing less is acceptable unless Russia backs down completely and means it.

pam w (139)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 11:50 am
I'm with Ben....signed without any hope of success. Moving the games at this late date would be a fiasco...not to say it couldn't happen but.....

JL A (281)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 11:50 am
I think I'd signed before, but it took again. Thanks for posting Kit.

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 11:55 am

If what we see happening with the Olympic games is indicative of what Putin has in mind for Russia, then there is big trouble on the horizon.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 1:18 pm
Gladly signed and noted -

Putin is Russian old school in his beliefs. He's bringing Russia of old back, only updated a bit. Russia no longer is responsible for any of the outlying areas which used to drain the coffers and now has started it's version of "cleansing"...Putin will go from group to group threatening, imprisoning, even killing, any people who could possibly dissent the new in LGBT because they're ususally very vocal about their beliefs and changes that need to be made everywhere. If you're opening protesting Russian policy, bang you're silenced, legally, violently, any way it can be done. These messages are very clear to the rest of the people - you obey without question or...

Hugo L (255)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 1:56 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Kit

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 2:34 pm
Signed, we don't need another Munich type tragedy
Thanks Kit

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 3:00 pm
The olympics is supposed to be a celebration of the best athletes, but how can that be fun when the host country would arrest fans and athletes who are open about who they are or support.

"The Olympic Charter states that every individual must have the possibility of practicing his or her sport without discrimination of any kind. And the Olympic Charter is clear that the games can be moved from any host that does not conform to Olympic principles"

Signed-bring the Olympics to another better country.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 4:26 pm
Signed KIT

Marilyn K (50)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 4:29 pm
We must show Russia that we live out beliefs. All are created equal. Athletes are to be judged on their abilities in their chosen athletic field. If they cannot adhere to that we must cancel the games or postpone, Another way to go is to volunteer to have the games in the USA where all athletes will be welcome.

S J (130)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 4:31 pm
At first I thought of boycott too, but move it out is much better. I know that can't be done but let sign to let them know that we do not agree with discrimination and violence against fellow humans. I do hope they really arrest LGBT at the games. I encourage LGBT 'openly gay' be themselves, I m sure you will see that they have no place left to jail anybody. By doing so, Putin will be very much embarrassed and MAY LEARN he can't use his hands hind the sky and he is OUT OF DATE!

I miss Leo Tolstoy, my mentor, so much.

Noted sadly, thanks so much Kit.

Robert O (12)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 4:38 pm
Your action has been submitted. Now multiply your impact by telling your friends.

Gladly signed. Thanks Kit. Though I'm sure this will all fall upon deaf ears and blind, intolerant eyes.


Pat B (356)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 4:53 pm
Thank you, Kit for this. Gladly signed.!

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 5:12 pm
Draconian and prejudiced laws against the gay community cannot be supported.

Diane K (134)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 5:24 pm
Signed. thx Kit

Vicky P (476)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 5:36 pm
noted, signed

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 5:53 pm

Laurie H (817)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 9:14 pm
Gladly signed, with Thanks Kit & hope things are better with the mom to be~~~xoxo~`

TomCat S (129)
Friday August 16, 2013, 12:33 am
It seems that Putin has founder the Russian Tea Party.

TomCat S (129)
Friday August 16, 2013, 12:34 am

Past Member (0)
Friday August 16, 2013, 3:05 am
Signed Kit. Thank you.

Frances Darcy (133)
Friday August 16, 2013, 5:16 am

Emma S (239)
Friday August 16, 2013, 7:40 am
Done! Thanks, Kit.

Annalisa Parrini (16)
Friday August 16, 2013, 11:03 am
signed thank you

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday August 16, 2013, 11:56 pm
Signed and shared in private email. Noted. Putin is X-KGB.....that should have told everyone long ago what mindset he was and is and always will be.

Patricia Cannell (825)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 11:51 am
Signed and noted!

Mandi T (375)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 12:01 pm
Signed TY Kit

Barbara K (60)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 2:15 pm
S & N, thanks my friend.

Constance F (418)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 2:23 pm
Yes, thank you ~ Your action has been submitted

Esther Z (94)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 6:12 pm
The IOC is violating it's own mission/ charter by allowing Russia to blatantly discriminate against the LGBTQ Russian citizen and participating LGBTQ international Olympians.

Taken from the Olympic Charter, effective July 8, 2011:

Two of the seven IOC's Fundamental Principles of Olympism, state:
6. Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race,
religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic
7. Belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC.

The Mission and Role of IOC also states:
The role of the IOC is:
6. to act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement.
10. to oppose any political or commercial abuse of sport and athletes.

If the IOC doesn't care about its own Charter, and prefers to act like there's nothing wrong with Russia's human rights violation of it's citizens and the IOC's LGBTQ Olympians, then it's better to boycott the Olympics, NBC and any participating business that is looking to profit from the inhumane treatment of the international LGBTQ community! Enough is enough!

Noted and signed. Thanks, Kit!

Kit B (276)
Saturday August 17, 2013, 7:39 pm

Thank you, Esther I thought that was true. Though one would never know it the way many countries are behaving.

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 4:28 am
Signed and shared, thanks Kit

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 9:45 am
Your action has been submitted.
Gladly signed & Noted & Thank you Kit.

Animae C (516)
Sunday August 18, 2013, 7:57 pm
88% We've reached 66,064 of our goal of 75,000.
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