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