A coalition that includes some of the largest international LGBT sports organizations is calling on the International Olympic Committee to host a Sochi Pride House at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The request comes due to host Russia's recently enacted anti-gay laws which have others calling for a complete boycott of the games.
The coalition, which includes the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation, the Federation of Gay Games, Pride Sports UK, and United for Equality in Sports and Entertainment, among others, made the request in a letter sent today to IOC President Jacques Rogge.
A Pride House is a venue welcoming LGBT athletes, fans, and others and their allies during international sporting events. The group wants such a venue in Sochi to be under the aegis of the International Olympic Committee. To ensure everyone’s safety there, they request that one or more members of the IOC would be present at all times.
'Like you, we hope that no one involved in any way with the 2014 Games will have cause to fear the (anti-gay) federal legislation,' they state in the letter to Rogge. 'One way for you to demonstrate this is by hosting a Pride House in Sochi.'