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Petitioning Minister of State (Sport) Canada Hon. Bal Gosal and 6 others

The Olympic Committees of Freedom Loving Nations : Add a Small Rainbow Flag to the Athletes Uniforms for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi

In June 2013, the Russian government enacted a law aimed squarely at the LGBT community. This law, known as the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” bill, specifies punishment for foreign citizens, to include fines of up to 100,000 rubles ($3,000 US), time in prison for up to 15 days, deportation and denial of reentry into Russia. Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko confirmed that athletes and spectators attending next years Winter Olympic Games in the southern city of Sochi will face fines, arrest and deportation if they violate the country’s new anti-gay law. This includes any “gay public displays of affection”, including holding hands”,or “displaying symbols like a Rainbow Flag”.

This kind of hateful discrimination, directed at otherwise law abiding citizens, has no place in the 21st century. By making this peaceful, silent yet unmistakably clear and recognizable gesture, the world can send a strong message to the government of Russia while still allowing the dedicated athletes to participate in these games. We will be sending this petition to the individual Olympic Organizing Committees of the participating nations. If we can get just a few of the more prominent nations on board, this will surely encourage the participation of others.


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This petition was delivered to:
  • Minister of State (Sport) Canada
    Hon. Bal Gosal
  • Minister of Sport (France)
    Valerie Fourneyron
  • Chairman of Sport (Sweden)
    Stefan Lindeberg
  • Director of Olympic Committee (Switzerland)
    Roger Maritschnegg
  • Minister of the Interior (Sport) Germany
    Dr, Hans-Peter Friedrich
  • USOC Director Marketing, Communication, Social Responsibilities (USA)
    Lindsay Hogan
  • Minister of State for Culture, Media, Sport (UK)
    Rt. Hon. Maria Miller

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