Do Russian LGBT-equality advocates support a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi?
Some reports say yes: John Aravosis writes on America Blog that a group of 23 Russian activists have endorsed an international boycott of Russian products (including Russian vodka), as well as a boycott of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, based on Russia’s new anti-gay laws and increasing hostility to the basic human rights of LGBT people. Towleroad has posted a similar report.
As I tweeted yesterday, however, prominent gay Russian activist Nikolai Alexeyev recently decided against an Olympics boycott, and is instead organizing a pride event to coincide with the Sochi games. As quoted in the Daily Xtra, Alexeyev declared,
It’s official! Organizing Committee of Moscow Gay Pride and founders of the banned Pride House Sochi decided today against the boycott of Winter Olympics in Sochi and instead to organize Winter Sochi Pride on the day of the opening of Olympic Games on 7 February 2014. Join us! It will be much more effective to draw attention to official homophobia in Russia all around the world and expose the hypocrisy of the International Olympic Committee which went into discriminatory agreements with Russian regime and of the European Court of Human Rights which still has not considered our complaint concerning the unlawful denial to register Pride House Sochi! Vive Sochi Pride 2014!
Whose preferred course of action will prevail?
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