Stand Against Russia's Brutal Crackdown on Gay Rights: Urge Winter Olympics 2014 Sponsors to Condemn Anti-Gay Laws
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Stand Against Russia's Brutal Crackdown on Gay Rights: Urge Winter Olympics 2014 Sponsors to Condemn Anti-Gay Laws

    1. Julianne Howell
    2. Petition by

      Julianne Howell

      Loveland, OH

In Russia, it is basically illegal to say that you are gay. You cannot kiss your partner in public. You can’t have a rainbow flag in public. You can’t even acknowledge that you are gay, or else you face possible imprisonment and fines.

Russia is becoming one of the most anti-gay places in the entire world. But it’s also going to hold the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, where the world is supposed to come together in a spirit of community and togetherness. But how could LGBT people and their families be welcome, when they run the risk of being thrown in jail or fined just for being who they are?

RUSA LGBT, a Russian-speaking American association for members of the gay community, says that LGBT athletes and spectators will not be safe during the 2014 Olympic games. And given the Russian government’s recent actions toward LGBT people -- including violent crackdowns on gay rights rallies and arresting members of the LGBT community -- how could anyone feel safe during these Olympic games?

That’s why I’m asking the major sponsors and partners of the Sochi 2014 Olympic games -- Coca-Cola, Panasonic, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, and Visa -- to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws, which are some of the most repressive laws in recent history, and pull their sponsorship from Russia’s Olympic games. Do these companies want to be tied to an Olympics where LGBT athletes and spectators are likely to face harsh violence, prison, and brutality?

It’s time for these companies to put their support for LGBT people first, and send a message to Russia that their anti-gay laws are not only contrary to basic human rights, but fly in the face of the spirit of the Olympic Games, which celebrate human dignity and community above all else.

Stand for human rights and pull sponsorship from the 2014 Winter Olympics! State sponsored homophobia should not be endorsed by your company. Tell Putin you do not support imprisoning and endangering the freedoms of gay athletes, fans, family, friends, and citizens!

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. First Anti-Gay Arrest at the Olympics

      Julianne Howell
      Petition Organizer

      Well it's happened. A person holding a rainbow flag was arrested by an Olympic official. The sponsors having been holding onto hopes and promises that everyone would be safe at the Olympics, but now, they have to take action. All Out has another petition going around very similar to ours, asking the Olympic sponsors to speak out. Please go show them your support:

      The first anti-gay arrest of the Olympics?

      Urgent - Olympic security bearing a Coca-Cola logo attacked a protester holding a rainbow flag during the torch relay. Sign now to get Coca-Cola and the other sponsors to speak out!

    2. Pressure on Coca-Cola

      Julianne Howell
      Petition Organizer

      AllOut I sending emails to Coca-Cola's CEO as the company decides whether or not to speak out against Russia's anti gay laws. If Coca-Cola comes out against them, it could have a domino effect with the other Olympic sponsors! Please take a moment and click the link to send your own email to Coca-Cola, urging them to take a stand against human rights violations in Russia:

      Who sponsors the anti-gay Olympics?

      Coca-Cola's a key Sochi Olympics sponsor and proud of being pro-equality - so why haven't they spoken out against Russia's anti-gay laws yet? Email Coca-Cola's CEO now...

    3. Correction

      Julianne Howell
      Petition Organizer

      It's been pointed out that some of the contact numbers I had listed for VISA and P&G were incorrect. Terribly sorry for the confusion! Here are the correct contact numbers:

      VISA: (800) 847-2911

      P&G: (800) 331-3774

      Also, for those of you out there who may not feel comfortable on the phone or simply don't have the time, a very awesome petition supporter has made some tweet generating links so you can just send a message to the corporations with one click! It will take only a few seconds, so please do: (Samsungmobile)


      Thanks everyone! And sorry for the confusion.

    4. Reached 200,000 signatures
    5. IOC Threatens to Punish Gay and Supporting Athletes

      Julianne Howell
      Petition Organizer

      This is a terrible blow... Not only does the IOC refuse to stand with us, but they are now openly threatening to punish any visibly gay or supporting athlete at the Sochi Winter Games. The calls for demonstration and pride in Russia are now denied. We must boycott.

      Olympic Committee threatens to punish athletes who fight for gay Russians

      The International Olympic Committee will likely stop any athlete who shows solidarity for LGBT Russians at the Sochi Games, GSN can reveal. Gay Star News asked the global Olympic bosses what they were planning to do to 'make sure the LGBT community in Russia can have a visible, proud, safe presence at the games'.

    6. Reached 100,000 signatures
    7. Russian Teens Tortured by Neo-Nazi Group

      Julianne Howell
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone. As more and more signatures come pouring in, and we grow ever closer to delivering the petition to the Sochi Olympic sponsors, I wanted to remind everyone why it is so, so important that we take a stand against what is being done in Russia. The petition has been circulating (USA Today, The Enquirer, etc) and people are really starting to take notice. And that's great. But then you see something like this, and you realize it's not enough:

      Whether or not this petition is successful, whether or not the Olympic sponsors care anything for what is happening, I urge you to continue this effort beyond! Demand progress! Keep the light on these atrocities, and make sure that everyone in Russia knows that the world is watching. Thank you.

      Russian Neo-Nazis Allegedly Torture Gay Teens In 'Anti-Pedophilia' Campaign

      A well-known group of Russian neo-Nazis has been luring gay teens who respond to personal ads, then beating them, humiliating them, and forcing them to come out on video, reports Spectrum Human Rights Alliance. The skinhead group then proudly posted photos of the assaults on Facebook.

    8. Reached 75,000 signatures



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    Reasons for signing

      • 4 months ago

      apoyo esto por que la diversidad en el mundo es mas grande que la preferencia sexual de cada individuo

    • Alex Dow AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      what is this? really this is disgusting that people who are gay are treated like this.we don't treat people who are straight like this. i don't understand how someones life and who they love will affect the whole country. we talk about moving forward and the new age we live in but we can't for some stupid reason accept people for who they are and change the laws. its not right to put people in jail for having a rainbow flag or kissing their partner in public or saying their gay. its just despicable that some people think that doing these things is right because that's the way it has always been in society. we need to stop this cruel treatment towards gays.

      • 4 months ago

      we must respect each other whether straight gay or what ever live and let live.

    • Beverly Carson BRACKENDALE, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      I have many good friends in the LGBT community!

    • Izaak Kaaren CENTENNIAL, CO
      • 4 months ago

      I am free to be who I am in my country. Everyone deserves that, no matter who they are or where they live.


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