When I ask figure skater Jeremy Abbott how athletes should respond to Russia’s anti-gay laws, his eyes widen. “Um,” he says, and stops. He shrugs a little and glances over at the U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) handler who’s standing nearby.
“You don’t have to answer that,” the handler reassures him.
Abbott takes in a breath, glances down. “Yeahhh,” he sighs, almost inaudibly. Then — “I’m going to walk away from that one.”
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AMSTERDAM, January 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The adoption of an “Anti-Gay Propaganda Law” caused an enormous outrage in the LGBT-community and the rest of the world. Gay dating platform PlanetRomeo surveyed 1,526 Russian users on how these laws influence them in their daily life, if they face any form of anti-gay discrimination, and how the world can offer help to improve the situation for the LGBT community in Russia. The opinions are divided.
A slight majority of 53% doesn’t support these Anti-Gay Propaganda Laws at all. In addition, 34% think these laws should be revised. The laws are supported by a mere 8%. Many of the respondents have another remarkable view on these laws: the law might just serve as a distraction from other problems in Russia, like corruption and absence of justice.
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CLEVELAND, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization today announced it will be an elite platinum sponsor of the world’s largest LGBT inclusive multi-sport event, the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation.
In light of the discriminatory laws against LGBT individuals which hang over the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, it is HRC’s belief that an event which proudly showcases the diversity and talents of LGBT athletes is uniquely necessary and timely.
“The Gay Games bring athletes from around the world together to celebrate sport and humanity,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “As the Sochi games are plagued with archaic and bigoted laws, the Gay Games show the world that anti-LGBT bigotry and discrimination have no place in the world of sports.”
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BANGALORE, India, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Today, India’s Supreme Court upheld its ruling to criminalize sexual activities “against the order of nature,” including same-sex relationships. The decision occurs concurrently with talks being held by Selisse Berry, Founder & CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, in Bangalore to discuss workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
The purpose of the cross-organizational meeting was to share best practices and create an action plan for next steps for safe and equitable workplaces. After the law passed, several LGBT employee resource groups were rumored to have closed. Some people who are openly LGBT at work shared that they are now feeling unsafe.
“Multinational companies with operations in India are scrambling to find a response that upholds their international values of nondiscrimination and inclusivity, while also being sensitive to the local legal situation. Out & Equal, which blends a deep understanding of the corporate mindset and a strong commitment to the long-term struggle for LGBT equality, is an invaluable voice at the table,” said LGBT activist Minal Hajratwala.
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