Here are the "Top Ten Reasons Why We Won't Be Watching the 2014 Sochi Olympics"
  • Petitioning Mark Lazarus

This petition will be delivered to:

Chairman of NBC Sports Group
Mark Lazarus
President, International Olympic Committee
Thomas Bach (President, International Olympic Committee)
Stephen Burke, NBC CEO
NBC (Stephen Burke, NBC CEO)

Here are the "Top Ten Reasons Why We Won't Be Watching the 2014 Sochi Olympics"

    1. Petition by

      Daniel McHugh

      Boston, MA

#10. The International Olympics Committee chose Sochi, Russia as the host city.

#9. The IOC ignored it's own Olympic Charter banning discrimination in host cities.

#8.   Russia passed an anti-gay law in June 2013 - the "Gay Propaganda Law."

#7.   The IOC refused to condemn Russia's anti-gay law or issue sanctions.

#6.   Most Olympic Corporate Sponsors refused to condemn the anti-gay law.

#5.   NBC has mostly ignored Russia's LGBT issues in it's Olympics coverage.

#4.   Russian anti-gay violence, discrimination, harassment, deportation, and deaths are increasing. Where is the NBC, Sponsor, and IOC outrage, coverage, and condemnation? 

#3.  Russia has proposed a bill to remove children from families with gay parents. Where is the NBC, Sponsor, and IOC outrage, coverage, and condemnation? 

#2.  Russia has banned all adoptions by single people, and countries supporting same-sex marriage, leaving couples all over the world in limbo. Where is the NBC, Sponsor, and IOC outrage, coverage, and condemnation? 

#1. Even though we might otherwise watch the Olympics, this year we will not  support any company and organization that will profit from the 2014 Olympic Games. We believe you are putting money and profits before people and human rights.  

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Thomas Bach (Germany)

Stephen Burke (CEO, NBC Universal) 

Mark Lazarus (Chairman of NBC Sports Group)


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Recent signatures


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    3. Was Coke implicated in Olympic arrest of rainbow flag-waving gay Russian?

      Daniel McHugh
      Petition Organizer 1/18/2014 4:51pm by John Aravosis. Coca-Cola may have been implicated in the arrest earlier today of a Russian gay rights activist who was simply holding a small rainbow flag as the Olympic flame went by on the road. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia next month.

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    4. Putin: Russia must "cleanse" itself of homosexuality

      Daniel McHugh
      Petition Organizer

      CBS NEWS: MOSCOW, January 19, 2014, 8: 07 AM - Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defends Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and says Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      It is conspicuous that lesbian and homosexual couples worldwide were brutally persecuted, often tortured, raped and killed, incarcerated, although they are live much happier together as heterosexual couples. Threaten these happy people worldwide men with their violence against women in heterosexual couples? This is precisely the fact. Homosexual men reject sexual violence against women and are often good friends of women. Lesbian women live together in peace with their children, without threat of domestic and sexual violence. So what is so terrible to live in lesbian and homosexual couples, I think in democratic countries should it be indifferent of sexual orientation and everyone can live the way he wants, especially the women.

      “The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.”

      ― Rita Mae Brown

      "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come."

      -- Victor Hugo

      • 8 months ago

      I will never again watch the Olympics - winter or summer! Nor will I ever again knowingly-buy something from one of the global sponsors!

      Human rights have been trampled and not a word! Anything mentioned at this point is too little and waaaaaaay too late!

    • Cristian Perez WHITTIER, CA
      • 9 months ago

      We need to stand up for ourselves or nobody will. #FullEquality #SayNoToRussia

    • pierre bonhomme SUDBURY, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      I have not seen any mainstream media coverage of this issues. It's more than disappointing; it's an outrage that the world cares more about a few thousand privileged athletes and corporate sponsors than it does about the lives of millions of Russian citizens. The violence and harassment cannot be ignored, by the IOC and Olympic sponsors have chosen to look the other way. They dropped the ball on this, and it reflects on everyone involved. This time, I will NOT be watching.

    • Henry Owen CHARLESTON, IL
      • 9 months ago

      Government-sanctioned hate and corporate greed - it's disgusting.


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