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    IOC Refuses to Stand Up for Gay Athletes

    Article on how there won't be any Pride House at the Sochi Games because "promoting" homosexuality is illegal in Russia

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/...ot-just-sochi/
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    sad.
    interesting to hear Amaechi's perspective. I have to wonder though, would the IOC of today take a stand against apartheid, or would they demonstrate the same apathy in that case? I wonder if the court's ruling will be appealed. I really wish the IOC would speak up about this.

    I hope the athletes in Sochi can set up an unofficial Pride House, a designated safe space for LGBTQ people.

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    Maybe the Olympics are like Iran. There are no gays?
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    Whether there is a Pride House or not, there WILL be gays competing in Sochi. There WILL be gays that win medals in Sochi. Hopefully, the presence of people who are out, successful, and great ambassadors of their various countries and sports will work towards changing people's minds and hearts.

    It might not make a difference to Olympians at those games, but it will for Olympians of the future. Be out, be proud. I'd imagine it would be more important to be visible (and much harder) in Sochi than in London. Plus, Russia will be on the world stage. I think they will be forced to tone down their rampant homophobia somewhat, and maybe a lightbulb will spark for some, even if it's only the 20-watt variety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Article on how there won't be any Pride House at the Sochi Games because "promoting" homosexuality is illegal in Russia

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/...ot-just-sochi/
    Very disappointing that the IOC is letting Russia get away with this...

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