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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LGBT Rights Group to be an Official Sponsor of Australian Men’s Bobsled Team

Woot! Love those Aussies!!

With just weeks left before the Sochi Winter Games, both the Australian Men’s and Women’s bobsled teams have announced partnerships with the Principle 6 Campaign to show support for Russia’s LGBT community.

“We’re against discrimination in sport, full stop,” said Heath Spence, captain of the Australian Men’s bobsled team. “That means we also oppose discrimination against gay and lesbian athletes.”

The campaign, named after the International Olympic Committee’s nondiscrimination clause, Principle 6, opposes anti-LGBT policies and discrimination in Russia and was formed early last month by two non-profits, Athlete Ally and All Out. Starting this week, the Principle 6 Campaign becomes an official sponsor for the men’s team with its logo appearing on its bobsled at the World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York.

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Short Film Imagines What It Could Be Like For A Gay Olympian To Win In Sochi

There’s a link to the film on the original story post on BuzzFeed.

This February, athletes from all around the world will compete in the Winter Olympic Games in Russia. But Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws threaten to make any LGBT visibility illegal. So, what will happen if an out athlete becomes an Olympic champion? What possible consequences could be faced from celebrating a victory with a loved one? All Out, an organization which focuses on LGBT issues, tackles these questions in a short film released today entitled “Love Always Wins.” The film depicts a figure skater receiving the gold medal and in the arena she sees the only person she wants to share the moment with. In a flash, she also realizes that this simple act is an impossibility for her.

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