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LGBT Groups Sochi Concerns

By Charlotte Robinson, August 10, 2013
InterPride (International Association of Pride Organizers), GLISA (Gay & Lesbian International Sport Association) & ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association) released a joint statement strongly condemning the recent broad clampdown in Russia through a variety of laws, which not only affects LGBT organizations disproportionately through specific anti-gay laws but inevitably extends to other groups & in the end, affects the whole of civil society. They have added their voices to the already overwhelming messages at the Kremlin's abhorrent, homophobic, anti-human rights legislation, especially in light of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for February, 2014. They’re concerned for the safety & well being of our LGBT community in Russia & the terror they now face from these barbaric laws recently passed. They are also equally concerned for LGBT people who plan to participate in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) issued a statement in relation to the rights of LGBT people during the games & its assurance that it will work to ensure the safety of LGBT athletes, spectators, media & officials attending the Sochi Winter Games. However, they are dismayed at the lack of specificity from the IOC on exactly how they intend to ensure the safety of LGBT people affiliated with the games while in Russia. The IOC has no way to protect them from federal law which outlaws homosexuality.
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