Boycott the Sochi Olympics


Russia's human rights record under Vladamir Putin is terrible and is about to get much worse. Yesterday, Harvey Fierstein posted the following to Facebook:
It's time to start paying attention to what's going on in Russia in case you haven't yet. Putin has declared war on the gay community. He's made it illegal to promote homosexuality in theater, film, tv, print that in any way could be seen by youth. In other words anything gay is now pornography.

He's outlawed the adopting of Russian children to any country that has legalized marriage equality.

And now it is reported that his next law will remove the children of GLBT families from their homes. This will apply to biological children as well as formerly adopted ones.

This is a horror. Not only for our community but even for straight families. Already divorced parents are threatening one another with blackmail to tell authorities that their ex is now gay just to control parental rights.

Putin wants this attack against human rights to be his legacy. He believes he can get the backing of the Vatican as well as all other conservative religious leaders to join his cause.

What can we do? Make his actions and his plans public. Shine the light of public opinion on this evil doer.

Boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia. Believe me, Putin will use the Olympics as proof that the world backs up his action. There are only two ways to deal with a tyrant: Starve out the rat, or destroy him.

So, my friends, do your research and then GET LOUD AGAINST PUTIN AND HIS ANTI-GAY POGROM. This is a very small world. Our brothers and sisters in Russia need us NOW!

When combined with Putin's tendency to tendency to jail his political opponents and critics and there is absolutely no reason to support Russia in the Olympics or anything else.

There is a tremendous amount of money involved in the Olympic games including tourism dollars for the host country, media contracts for broadcasters and millions in sponsorship dollars. So Boycotting the Olympics doesn't just mean not going to the games. It means encouraging elected leaders to boycott the games and keep their Olympic teams at home. It means not watching Olympic broadcasts and it means boycotting those proud Olympic sponsors (suck as McDonald's and Coca Cola). The official Sochi Olympic web site is up and will give you a good idea of which countries to avoid. You can also find information at, and the Boychott Sochi Facebook page.

The International Olympic Committee needs to start paying attention to things like human rights and no country that is run on an ideology of corruption, hate and political repression should be financially rewarded for it.

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