Friday, February 7, 2014

Google Protests Anti Gay Olympics

Google has made a global LGBT equality statement with their homepage doodle by displaying an Olympic tribute in our rainbow colors. Underneath the graphic there is a quote from the Olympic charter stating, "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind & in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." As you know Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee has been urged to insist that Russian authorities lift their ban on a LGBT Pride House at the Sochi Winter Olympics & require the Russians to give assurances that gay athletes have not been denied selection for the country’s Olympic team. In London Gay & human activist Peter Tatchell has sent an Open letter to Bach to address these issues. Tatchell stated, “We are raising two issues of homophobic discrimination that have not been acknowledged or remedied by the IOC. It is very disturbing that the IOC has not sought to overturn the ban on Pride House, despite being urged to do so way back in 2012 when the Russians announced that it would not be permitted. I hope that even at this late stage the IOC will take action to uphold Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits discrimination.” Updates to Come..:) Read Letter…
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