Will The Sochi Games Be Safe For LGBT Visitors And Advocates?

I was talking to my mom last night and she said there’s already hackers over there waiting to latch onto people’s cell phones and other devices to monitor what is said (and presumably to whom), so it’s not just physical harm that people may come to while in Russia.

Leading advocates remain concerned over how Russian authorities will enforce the country’s anti-LGBT propaganda law when it comes to LGBT visitors to the Sochi Winter Olympics — and what the broader atmosphere for those visitors will be.

Worry over the law itself is not new, but conflicting responses from the International Olympic Committee and Russian officials regarding the law’s enforcement during the Olympics have put advocates on high alert ahead of the opening ceremonies Feb. 7 — especially for those advocates who will be on the ground in Sochi.

“It’s hard to imagine something not happening given all that has transpired to date,” said Hudson Taylor, executive director of Athlete Ally, who arrived in Russia on Tuesday. “Clearly there is risk involved with being here but given the enormous opportunity to raise awareness about what’s going on in Russia, the risk has to be weighed against the reward.”

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