Olympic Athletes: Take a stand against Russia's brutal anti-gay laws. Wear a rainbow pin at the games #goldmedalmessage
  • Petitioned Canadian Olympic Team

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Canadian Olympic Team
U.S.A Olympic Team
British Olympic Association
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Karen O'Neill
British Paralympic Association

Olympic Athletes: Take a stand against Russia's brutal anti-gay laws. Wear a rainbow pin at the games #goldmedalmessage

    1. Dayne Moyer
    2. Petition by

      Dayne Moyer

      winnipeg, Canada

My name is Dayne Moyer and as a member of the LGBT community and as someone who has loved and played sports my whole life, I believe there is nothing more important than standing in solidarity with LGBT athletes and the LGBT community facing discrimination and terror in Russia.

I'm asking athletes to show LGBT people in Russia that they are not alone, and that the world supports them, by wearing a rainbow pride pin on their uniform at the opening ceremonies.

For those who haven't heard, Russia recently passed new legislation that criminalizes "Gay Propaganda."  This means that anyone who is gay, is suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay can go to jail.  

Speed skater Blake Skjellerup, has already courageously said that he will wear a rainbow pin at the games, no matter the consequences.

Imagine how powerful it would be if hundreds of athletes or entire teams joined him.  

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) say they may disqualify athletes for wearing "political propaganda" at the games. But if the IOC announces that they will disqualify Blake or others for expressing who they are, they will be acting in support of Russia's disgusting laws. I don't believe they will do that.

If enough people sign and if enough athletes and teams declare their support we will generate a beautiful, powerful message of solidarity for the whole world to see.

There is strength in numbers and the more countries that we can have committed to a message of love could make a real difference in the world of international politics.

 So what can you do?

1. Share this message of love and acceptance and help promote more support for this campaign by sharing the petition by email and on Facebook and tweeting it with the hashtag #GoldMedalMessage

2.Contact your Olympic team. Email, phone, tweet or carrier pigeon a quick letter to your team and your favorite athletes asking them to show their support for the LGBT community by wearing a rainbow pin at Sochi 2014.

As LGBT activists in Russia are already asking: "Do not boycott theOlympics – boycott homophobia! Stand in solidarity with people in Russia and bring LGBT pride and values of human rights and freedoms to the games in Sochi!"

Love and Solidarity,

Dayne

 

http://goldmedalmessage.wordpress.com/

To:
Canadian Olympic Team
U.S.A Olympic Team
British Olympic Association
Karen O'Neill, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Paralympic Committee
British Paralympic Association
Ask your country's olympic team to show solidarity for LGBT* rights

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 40,000 signatures
    2. Russian TV Host was fired after coming out

      Dayne Moyer
      Petition Organizer

      A Russian television celebrity chose to come out and was fired the same night. This is one of the faces of one of the people we hope to reach in solidarity with during Sochi 2014. He is one reason we feel so strongly about the #GoldMedalMessage

      http://www.queerty.com/russian-tv-host-was-fired-hours-after-coming-out-as-gay-on-live-tv-20130815/#ixzz2c4mxXHce

      Russian TV Host Was Fired Hours After Coming Out As Gay On Live TV

      Move over Gabrielle Douglas, we've got a new hero to look up to -- though in Gabby's case we were kinda looking down. Anygay, meet Anton Krasovksy, a Russian TV personality who decided to come out on live television, leading almost immediately to his dismissal.

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. LGBT* Russians speak up. They want Gold Medal Message

      Dayne Moyer
      Petition Organizer

      "We hope to join forces and succeed in raising everyone’s voices for LGBT equality in Russia and elsewhere. We hope together with those who share this vision, we will succeed in sending the strongest message possible by involving athletes, diplomats, sponsors, and spectators to show up and speak up –proclaiming equality in most compelling ways."

      http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbt-russians-ask-us-join-sochi-olympics-not-boycott-it310713

      LGBT Russians ask us to join the Sochi Olympics, not boycott it

      In the last few months we have seen growing violence against LGBT people and allies in Russia and the enactment of the Russian law on 'propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors' that renders illegal statements and actions that acknowledge LGBT equality.

    5. Our first radio interview is up and ready for all of you!

      Dayne Moyer
      Petition Organizer

      We had an amazing interview at CBC Winnipeg this morning and have it right here for you to give a listen!

      http://chirb.it/9NDv3v

      Cbc Interview July 31 2013

      Audio: Cbc Interview July 31 2013 LGBT* Sochi2014 - social audio

    6. LGBT* Olympians and Paralympians are now officially at risk

      Dayne Moyer
      Petition Organizer

      The first written statement from lawmakers in Russia directly contradicts what the International Olympic Committee has been claiming Russia is promising.

      With LGBT* Olympians and Paralympians at risk we now more that ever need entire teams to take a stand.

      If one or two LGBT* athletes arrive at games showing their pride who is going to step up and protect them?

      http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/russian-lawmaker-we-will-arrest-gay-athletes-tourists-olympic-games300713#sthash.ImJcRuNd.gbpl

      Russian lawmaker: We will arrest gay athletes, tourists at Olympic Games

      A Russian lawmaker has said the 'gay propaganda' law will remain enforced during the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014. Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the 'non-traditional relationships' bill, said the government cannot decide when to selectively enforce the law.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. More Countires added to mail list

      Dayne Moyer
      Petition Organizer

      We've added Team USA and Great Britain to our petition to ensure that other countries are starting to hear from their citizens and fans.

      What country are you from?

      Let us know, and we'll get the contact info hooked in for you!

    9. Reached 25 signatures
    10. Teams can show support for the rainbow and LGBT* rights without fear

      Dayne Moyer
      Petition Organizer

      "assurances from the highest level of the government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games"

      http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/russia-7-1200567694/

      Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Present Challenge for NBC's Olympics Coverage

      Related Stories With increasing criticism of a newly passed law in Russia that criminalizes so-called gay "propaganda," observers say NBC will have to address the issue in some fashion as it broadcasts the Winter Games in Sochi, possibly amid human rights protests or even calls for a boycott.

    11. Reached 5 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Kevin Tang MARKHAM, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      because i actually care

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    • Daeshaun Thomas RIVERSIDE, CA
      • 7 months ago

      Gays have got to stick together. What is happening in Russia is unforgivable.

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    • KimPaul SEOUL, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
      • 7 months ago

      Let me ask to other people. WHY ARE LGBT PEOPLE TREATED LIKE NON - HUMAN BEINGS? Every men is EQUAL!!!! E!Q!U!A!L!

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    • Neil Stewart GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      I am gay and I would be too scared to visit a country still acting like this, such a shame, needs sorted - its 2014!

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    • 성현박 KOREA, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
      • 7 months ago

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