Monday, July 22, 2013

International Olympic Committee warns Russia over new anti-LGBT law

In the wake of a legal crackdown on LGBT advocacy in Russia, the International Olympic Committee recently released a statement that said the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi "should be open to all, free of discrimination, and that applies to spectators, officials, media and of course athletes," adding that it would strongly oppose any move to counter that principle.

Some worry new laws against LGBT propaganda could subject foreigners to jail and deportation if they are caught holding the hands of same-sex partners or wearing LGBT Pride symbols.