I am calling for the United States Olympic Committee -- http://www.teamusa.org -- to stand against the persecution of the GLBT people of Russia. Putin has outlawed any promotion of homosexuality in the arts, such as theater, print, TV, movies, etc. He has made it illegal for Russian children to be adopted by loving families in countries that have legalized same-sex marriage. His next step is stated to be removing children from their same-sex families and homes—both adopted and biological children. Due to the government's hostility towards Russia's GLBT's population, violence is increasing at an alarming rate. Even if Russia says that no gay Olympian will be prosecuted, harmed, or detained, the fact remains that the same is not true for Russian citizens.
In truth, I feel so small that it seems impossible to help these men, women, and children in Russia. Maybe similar to how some Americans felt when they heard the beginning rumblings of Hilter’s anti-Semitic propaganda. What could they do, they were but one person? All the while Hitler’s discrimination grew and blossomed unchecked. I fear what is next for my fellow GLBT brothers and sisters in Russia, not that the brutality they face currently is not enough of a reason to act.
So what can we do? Maybe many things. One of them is to demand that our American Olympic committee, that is planning on taking part in next year's winter games in Russia, require Putin to stop his war on the GLBT population or commit to taking a stand in refusal to participate, fund, or support the upcoming Olympics. Putin may not listen to the cries of his own countrymen who he is persecuting, but he will have to heed the far-reaching social and financial ramifications of his hatred.