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07/12/2013

Video: Before bobsleigh, a look at nasty laws based on who Bob's layin'

by Jeremy Hooper

With plans for the 2014 winter games ratcheting up, so is criticism of the LGBT rights positions of the host nation, Russia. Because in case you aren't already aware, this country's policies are so lacking that it is now essentially illegal (with threat of jail time) for a citizen or visitor to even be openly gay or promote anything having to do with LGBT visibility. That's almost too nuts to even process.

Of course openly LGBT athletes Blake Skjellerup will still be at the Olympics, will still be ready to compete, and will still be proudly L, G, B, or T. That being so, let's let the New Zealand speed skater sharing his feelings about the unfortunate state of fairs, here less than seven months before the Sochi Games begin:

The United States has of course boycotted an Olympics beforeā€”in Moscow, in fact. I don't suspect that will happen this time around. But I do know that we have a golden (silver? bronze?) opportunity to inform the public about these draconian laws and what they mean to LGBT people worldwide. We have a great teachable moment here, and we have a global audience that will be paying attention to every luge, slap shot, and triple axel that goes down at these games. When it comes to the continually shitty treatment of lGBT worldwide, our silence is not an option.

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