Russia isn’t winning any gold medals for tolerance.
In the wake of the country’s anti-gay laws passed in June, many are speaking out regarding Russia’s ability to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics, and if they do, whether other countries should boycott.
George Takei, in a blog post titled, “Sochi: Winter of Hate” spoke against Russia’s “draconian gay propaganda law,” explaining, “Last week, Russia’s Sports Minister confirmed that the country intends to enforce its laws against visiting LGBT athletes, trainers and fans, meaning anyone even so much as waving a rainbow flag (and I presume many men enthusiastically watching and dramatically commenting on figure skating) would be arrested, held for weeks and then deported. Given this position, the IOC must do the right thing, protect its athletes and the fans, and move the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.”
He went on to say that boycotting the games punishes innocent athletes that have worked for years to participate, and instead, urged his readers to sign a Change.org petition to move the winter games to Vancouver (where they were held in 2010, and because of that, could likely be set up there easier than in a brand-new country). READ FULL STORY