Welcome to Day 2 of the Olympics in Sochi. The competition during the games has been in full swing. In this post, I am not going to talk about the competition as much. Instead of, I have decided to tackle the issue regarding Russia’s anti-LGBT policy and how it affects the Winter Olympics in Sochi. I know that it is an issue that is not going anywhere and needs to be brought up the light. I have found on Twitter that there have been some information that I find disturbing.
As I dig a little deeper into Social Media, I am finding information regarding IOC’s stance on the abuse against the LGBT community in Russia.
— ABC News (@abcnews) February 5, 2014
— Arun Rath (@ArunRath) February 8, 2014
Even though the IOC President spoke out about the abuse indirectly. I am starting to question the message that IOC has been providing. The Secretary Chairman for the United Nations has even spoken out about the anti-LGBT violence in Russia.
— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) February 7, 2014
But I also do not completely understand why Greek yogurt had to get into the issue as well.
— Carl Parkes (@friskodude) February 9, 2014
Not everyone in Russia supports the policy and supports free speech.
— Alan Klein (@akmedia) February 9, 2014
At the same time, I can not turn a blind eye away the fact several states in U.S. that have similar policies as Russia in their laws and statutes.
— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) February 8, 2014
There have been several moments where many of the athletes shows their support and solidarity for the LGBT community.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) February 7, 2014
— Jean Podrasky (@JeanPodrasky) February 8, 2014
— BuzzFeed LGBT (@BuzzFeedLGBT) February 6, 2014
— cajun belle (@VuduQueen) February 9, 2014
— Egill Harðar (@egillhardar) February 9, 2014
And why do I believe that the Russians have blocked out the LGBT community is everywhere – not just in Russia.
Six famous gays from Russia including the world renowned composer Tchaikovsky. http://t.co/ubUAKlQob9
— Nara Hodge (@NaraHodge) February 8, 2014
I also find this information ironic and amusing.
— Amie Ferris-Rotman (@Amie_FR) February 8, 2014
In view of the LGBT controversy before Games, observe the grand irony that all Sochi volunteers dressed like this: pic.twitter.com/6aO3Q1gYX6
— Sarah Kwak (@SI_sarahkwak) February 7, 2014
That’s all that I have say about the issue. I will be returning to my focus about the athletes and Olympic competition tomorrow. Until then, remember this.
Любовь есть любовь. Нет ненависти! (Love is love. No hate!)