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OutSport Toronto Issues Position Statement on 2014 Winter Olympics

 Andrei Nasonov/AP.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.