IOC bans LGBT advocacy at Sochi Olympics

Sochi Olympic ringsBY CHRIS HUQUERIZA

Russia will get a little bleaker this winter. After the Russian government said that LGBT athletes and spectators would not be exempt from their anti-LGBT laws, the International Olympic Committee has forbidden any LGBT advocacy at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Despite the IOC assuring athletes that they will be protected, the organization said it now violates the charter, specifically rule number fifty, as it states, “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”


One Response to “IOC bans LGBT advocacy at Sochi Olympics”

  1. Donna Miller

    Due to the Russian governments lack of tolerance and acceptance, and the possible ill treatment, fining, and imprisonment of LGBTQ athletes, I will not view the olympics or contribute to the revenue the Russian government hopes to pocket by hosting this event. I support the athletes and wish them the best, and I hope that in the future the Olympics will only be held in countries that accept individuals for who they are and not what they are…


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