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Russian Lawmaker: We Will Arrest Gay Athletes, Tourists at Olympic Games

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'Gay propaganda' law co-sponsor says he is unconcerned about a US visa ban, saying: 'I've spoken to US politicians, and they support my stance'

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Sue H (7)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:57 am

Ben O (154)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:25 am
Right Sue; -BOYCOTT!!!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:47 am
Wonder WHICH "US politicians" he actually talked to - I can guess!

Incredibly Courageous Russians Fight Bravely On!

36 Photos from Russia that everyone needs to see.

There is BLOOD.....

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 10:53 am
There are SEVERAL PETITIONS: Look for them -
On Care2, on Forcechange, and on Gay Rights:
Among others:

Care2 Petition
"Defend LGBT Olympians from Russia's anti-Gay laws"
Link to Petition:

36 Photos from Russia that everyone needs to see.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:00 am
Yes, WINTER OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATING will definitely be affected -
Figure Skating is practically a "Gay Sport" and that should MAKE NO DIFFERENCE IN HOW AN ATHLETE IS TREATED.

According to the Russian draconian laws, even ACKNOWLEDGING YOUR SAME-SEX MARRIED SPOUSE OR PARTNER is a PUNISHABLE CRIME - for TALKING ABOUT a "non-traditional" relationship..... yes, TALKING...

These laws according to how they are written, EQUALLY AFFECT RUSSIANS AND FOREIGNERS - 4 Dutch tourists HAVE ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED under those laws.
You don't have to BE Gay, just SHOW SUPPORT...

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:02 am
Thank you for the petition links BMutiny.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:09 am
Petition to CORPORATE SPONSORS: Don't Sponsor Hate!

Coca-Cola, Proctor&Gamble, Visa, Samsung, Panasonic, and OTHERS:
Please go HERE:
"Some gay rights activists like RUSA LGBT have asked corporate sponsors and partners of the Sochi Olympics -- including Coca-Cola, VISA, Omega Watches, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Panasonic -- to withdraw their support and funding unless Russia can ensure the safety of all visitors to the Olympic Games."

You can also look these Corporate Sponsors up on the Internet and e-mail them directly.
LETTERS, real OBJECTS they can handle, ALSO can have a MAJOR impact!
They do KEEP TRACK of these things, for PR purposes!

The title says it all.
One Alternative Venue might be Vancouver, Canada, which has hosted the Winter Olympics before, and has experience...

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 11:15 am
on Care2, on Forcechange, and on Gay Rights -

there are MORE ALL THE TIME so I won't try to give the Links here now, it is pretty easy to look them up yourself!

. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:33 pm
Putin has completely lost all reason.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:36 pm
Allan, did Putin ever have any reason?

Mary T (358)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:48 pm
every country should boycott this olympics. also do not need the feral cats and dogs slaughtered to make the streets cleaner

Gene J (290)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:48 pm
"It comes as the International Olympic Committee said the Russian government had ‘assured’ them all athletes and spectators will be safe from arrest."

Given this latest development, the International Olympic Committee has NO choice but to cancel the Russian Games. Period. No negotiating away the rights of people and they should all be ousted anyway for malfeasance for not having ensured the health and safety of the athletes competing BEFORE granting the rights to the games to a bigoted, repressive country. They put the Games on a biannual schedule not all that long ago, cancel these and put them back on a same year schedule. The athletes are more important than one bigoted country, and yes, I know this puts several in the position of never holding the Games. Good. They shouldn't. Do not let Russia back down or away from this, it is their law and their loss. So be it.

. (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:52 pm

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 12:56 pm
This is complete and utter bullshit for the Russians to pull this stunt. I agree with everyone here. BOYCOTT!! They should not be allowed to host or compete if this is going to be their stance. Thank you Carrie and Barbara for all of the petition links. We need to show solidarity on this issue.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 3:46 pm
Olympics are a waste of tax payers money anyway. Just boycott the games.

Mike M (40)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:47 pm
Yes boycott and at least Russia will win some medals

Ravenna C (20)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 4:59 pm
Unfortunately, under the circumstances, the only honorable thing to do is boycott both the Olympics and any company that does not withdraw their financial support of same.


Vicky P (476)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 5:37 pm
wow, I doubt they can, they won't do it there then since there has to be some gays going

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:04 pm
Well put, Gene, Tamara, and all those here calling for a BOYCOTT.
The Olympic Committee and their Russian contacts CANNOT "promise that the athletes and their friends will be safe".
Repeat, they CANNOT. These are merely WORDS. They know they HAVE to say that.

You trust them? then, you're CRAZY! You'll go over there, on the basis of TRUSTING THOSE WORDS?
36 Photos from Russia that everyone needs to see.

This guy [presumably the one pictured], he at least is HONEST... Bigoted, but telling the TRUTH...
While the Olympic Committee, [buncha rich guys anyway standing to make money off of this],
THEY ARE A BUNCH OF UTTER HYPOCRITES, who don't care WHO they put into Danger, into Harm's Way...

Jason S (50)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 7:24 pm
Good posting, thanks

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:48 pm
Thanks for posting

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:50 pm
What a disgrace these games are turning out to be. APPALLING. Thanks

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:06 am
The gay bars in my neighborhood have taken Russian vodka off the shelves.

pam w (139)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:09 am
"In the interview, the lawmaker claimed the law is ‘defending children from the propaganda of non-traditional values’ and nothing to do with ‘the ordinary life of adults’"

++++++++++++++++ What a ration of CRAPPOLA! And this fool says he doesn't ''know'' any gay people? RIGHT!

. (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:23 am
That's terrible! Russia should not be tormenting gay people like this.

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 8:50 am
"US politicians"=GOP politicians!

Marija M (29)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:43 pm
tks for sharing, interesting

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 11:41 pm
Boycott...the Games and any sponsors who won't withdraw their support. Noted with thanks and will go to the petitions - signed one a few days ago.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 11:59 pm
I agry. BOYCOTT!
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