Tell the IOC to move the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia.
  • Petitioned Count Jacques Rogge

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President, International Olympic Committee
Count Jacques Rogge
PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SOCHI ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Dmitry Chernyshenko
CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCHI SUPERVISORY BOARD
Alexander Zhukov

Tell the IOC to move the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia.

    1. Petition by

      Ste Kubenka

      Kingsland, TX

Russian president Vladimer Putin has declared war on homosexuals. Mr. Putin's recent laws allow police to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being homosexual, lesbian or “pro-gay” and detain them for up to 14 days.

New Russian legislation also bans “gay propaganda or support”-- far-ranging, vague, anti-gay legislation that will jeopardize the safety, welfare, and competitive edge of gay Olympians.

Harvey Fierstein writes in the New York Times that Putin's "condemnations are permission to commit violence against gays and lesbians. Last week a young gay man was murdered in the city of Volgograd. He was beaten, his body violated with beer bottles, his clothing set on fire, his head crushed with a rock. This is most likely just the beginning."

The Olympic Committee must require the retraction of these laws immediately, otherwise the IOC must find another venue fast.  Vancouver has been mentioned as ready to host again.  If time is too short, then the Winter Olympics could be postponed to 2015.  Think of the historical significance of postponing the Olympics by one year!

Olympians (gay or not) and their guests (gay or not) must not be unfairly burdened by Russian harassment and threat of arrest and imprisonment.  The Winter Games MUST be removed from Sochi.

To:
Count Jacques Rogge, President, International Olympic Committee
Dmitry Chernyshenko, PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SOCHI ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Alexander Zhukov, CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCHI SUPERVISORY BOARD
Tell the IOC to move the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. It Gets Worse: IOC prohibits athletes from challenging anti-gay Russian law

      Ste Kubenka
      Petition organiser

      From the Washington Blade:
      "The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday reaffirmed to the Washington Blade it will not allow athletes who compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics to publicly challenge Russia’s gay propaganda to minors ban during the games.

      The IOC referred the Blade to a portion of the Olympic Charter adopted in 2001 that states “no form of publicity or propaganda, commercial or otherwise, may appear on persons, on sportswear, accessories or, more generally, on any article of clothing or equipment whatsoever worn or used by the athletes or other participants in the Olympic Games” outside of a manufacturer’s logo."

      Full article here:
      www2.smartbrief.com/redirect.action?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonblade.com%2F2013%2F08%2F14%2Fioc-prohibits-athletes-from-challenging-anti-gay-russian-law-at-olympics%2F&encoded=eHhlCjbeAYfVspmIfCzddUfCuQIx

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Foreign Athletes Face Criminal Prosecution

      Ste Kubenka
      Petition organiser

      August 1, 2013, the New York Times reports:
      MOSCOW — Russia’s minister of sports, Vitaly L. Mutko, said on Thursday that foreign athletes traveling to Russia for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi would be expected to obey a new Russian law banning “homosexual propaganda” or face criminal prosecution.

    4. Why we MUST insist the IOC move the Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia

      Ste Kubenka
      Petition organiser

      Boycotts don’t work, gay Olympic champion says . . .
      Openly gay Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis says calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics over Russia’s anti-gay laws are misguided. "Boycotts don’t work, and they only punish the athletes, many of whom have trained their whole lives to compete in the Olympics," Louganis said.
      Read what he says here:
      www2.smartbrief.com/redirect.action?link=http%3A%2F%2Fbruni.blogs.nytimes.com%2F2013%2F07%2F29%2Fan-olympic-legend-on-boycotts-and-bigotry%2F%3Fsmid%3Dtw-share%26_r%3D0&encoded=eDjSCjbeAYfTxkeEfCzddUfCSfJf

    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Brett Bowen MORLEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      im transgender ... i feel horribley for the lgbt society in russia .... They are doing the same thing hitler did before word war 2.... also since this has happened and the over all comminuty of world hasnt done anything , more religious abuse of the lgbt society in australia is getting worse

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    • SCOTT BOYCE KINGSTON, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      The very first nation to host the Olympics was tolerant of homosexuality. The 2013 hosts should be too!

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    • James Lonero LONG BEACH, CA
      • 11 months ago

      prove you are more than bunch of greedy priveliged self congratulating smucks pankration shpuld be an olympic sport aka alma coin comment based on photo

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    • Craig Mitchell BURLINGTON, VT
      • 11 months ago

      If that athlete who worked "so hard for this" gets arrested or even worse from what is happening over there right now, because he or she is PRESUMED to be gay...that's worth it?! Their friend that they worked "hard for this" and grew up with is beaten to death in the streets a block away while they just won a gold medal. Priorities will be telling...

      Obama has rejected the idea of boycotting, but it was being discussed by members of Congress that I'd seen on television interviews. Besides the danger, the amount of money that Russia will stand to make from US athletes will be astronomical, so that's not truly boycotting their products, the country...showing the disgust over the law. Putin DID go against what the Interior Minister had said about everyone in Russia not breaking the law of just "being". BUT, not right away. The waters are murky, sure...but...what is happening to people in that country right now is crystal clear. SO, I guess that, no matter what, I, personally, would not and could not be there to compete if I was an athlete. I wouldn't need a gov't sanction to tell me not to go...but, that's just me and respect anyone's desire/right to be there to compete for trophies. BUT...at what cost...what message?

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    • kevin perry WASHINGTON DC, DC
      • 11 months ago

      Because as a gay man I must stand up to all that would hold me or mine down.

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