Posted Wed, 22 Jan 2014, 1:05pm
An Olympic security staffer wrestles with gay protester who unfurled a rainbow flag during torch relay in Voronezh, Russia, on Saturday, 18 January 2014. Photo: Andrei Nasonov/AP.As the
Olympic Games in Sochi are just around the corner, OUTSPORT TORONTO would like to share with its
members and constituents its position vis-a-vie the Olympics. The Russian legislation "censoring LGBT
propaganda to minors" and the serious anti-LGBT backlash it has created is of paramount concern. What is the best,
most appropriate response? How best do
we support our sisters and brothers in Russia?
OUTSPORT TORONTO believes that, through the Olympic Games, athletes, coaches, officials, judges
and organisers have enormous influence over our hearts and minds and are role
models to the world.
OUTSPORT TORONTO encourages all those involved in the Olympics - including the
year’s host, the Russian Federation - to honour the Olympic Charter by using
their collective powers and influence to oppose discrimination, hatred, and
violence against all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.
Our positioning and rational is posted on the OUTSPORT TORONTO website. Please click here to read the full statement. Read more...