We are petitioning the IOC to allow a “Rainbow Flag” (the international symbol of LBGT people) to fly at the Winter Olympics for the opening ceremony in Russia in 2014. We further ask them to grant permission for supporters of LBGT Rights and any openly gay, lesbian, bi or transgendered Olympians from around the world to wear a “Pink Triangle” (the Nazi Concentration Camp ID for gays) on their uniforms during the opening ceremony in solidarity with the LGBT people currently being suppressed in Russia and other countries.
The Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just a few months away, (February 7 to 23, 2014). We are asking the IOC to take a position against the growing discrimination and suppression of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT) persons in the Russian Federation. LBGT people are facing increased restrictions of their rights (or lack thereof) in recent years. Although male homosexual acts were decriminalized in 1993, there are no laws protecting against discrimination or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Same-sex marriages and civil unions are not recognized. Many local legislatures have passed laws prohibiting dissemination of information about homosexuality. Moscow's top court has ruled that no gay pride parades may be held in Moscow for 100 years. In 2013, Russia's government adopted a federal bill banning the distribution of "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" to minors. The law imposes heavy fines for using the media or internet to promote "non-traditional relations." Since 2006, ten regions have enacted a ban on (as they call it) "propaganda of homosexualism" among minors. The laws of nine of them include administrative sanctions and/or fines. Some bans also forbid the so-called "propaganda of bisexualism and transgenderism." The Russian government now says “it will arrest openly gay tourists” and has blocked the adoption of their unwanted children by same sex couples throughout the world.
International rights groups have said the current situation in Russia has become the worst human rights climate of the post-Soviet era. LBGT people have been beaten, arrested, killed and there have been cases of lesbians being raped to “convert them.”
We are asking the Olympics and the IOC, a traditionally non-political International Organization, to take a small but effective stand against the oppression of LBGT people in Russia, the host country of the 2014 Winter Olympics. There are LBGT athletes heading to Sochi that could face arrest. There are media people covering the event that are LBGT that could face arrest. LBGT tourists WILL face arrest.
LBGT people live under every flag on earth – we are just requesting a show of the LBGT Rainbow Flag to represent IOC solidarity with oppressed LBGT people in Russian and in other Countries worldwide.