Moving Video & Other Updates on the Olympics & LGBT Rights in Russia

Posted by MK on Nov 5, 2013 @ 10:55 am

The organization All Out has posted this video on YouTube, calling on the International Olympic Committee to “honor its principles and condemn discrimination.” The video’s message refers primarily to the anti-gay censorship law in Russia, which bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” among minors. The law is widely understood to ban any LGBT-supportive expression in places where children may be present, which is basically any public place—and schools, of course. Russia will host the Olympics in Sochi next year.

As I’ve argued in other posts, Russia’s “propaganda” law purportedly aims to protect precisely the same group that it most harms: youth. The law has already encouraged violent vigilantism targeting LGBT teenagers.

The European Court of Human Rights condemned Russia’s suppression of LGBT-supportive speech in a case involving LGBT demonstrations a few years ago, but that court ruling appears to have had little lasting effect. (I discussed that ruling in some detail in a 2012 post, which also highlighted Madonna’s pro-gay advocacy in St. Petersburg.)

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