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Petitioning Executive Director, Communications | Canadian Olympic Committee Dimitri Soudas and 11 others

Urge National Olympic Houses to host Pride House celebrations during the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games


In March 2013, a petition to hold a Pride House at the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was denied by the Russian Ministry of Justice, a ban that was further upheld by Judge Svetlana Mordovina on the basis that a Pride House would incite "propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation which can undermine the security of the Russian society and the state, provoke social-religious hatred, which is the feature of the extremist character of the activity."

 

Now, Pride House International is inviting the National Olympic Houses to host their own Pride House celebrations during the Games. We are asking the NOCs to take advantage of Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which reads: "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.”

 

By signing this petition, you are joining with us in calling on the National Olympic Houses to support LGBT inclusion during the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

 

If you would like to send your own letter, in addition to signing this petition, you can find the contact information here National Olympic Committees <click here for list of offices>

 

Please say YES to a Pride House Celebration in your National House and celebrate your diversity and inclusive nature.

Together we can make a difference and stand up for diversity and inclusion for all Human Rights.  For more information visit pridehouseInternational.org

Letter to
Executive Director, Communications | Canadian Olympic Committee Dimitri Soudas
Secretary General | Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français Mr Jean-Michel BRUN
President | British Olympic Association Lord Sebastian COE
and 9 others
Secretary General | National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark Mr Karl Christian KOCH
Secretary General | Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee Mr Inge ANDERSEN
Secretary General | Nederlands Olympisch Comité* Nederlandse Sport Federatie Mr Gerard DIELESSEN
Secretary General | Comité Olympique et Interfédéral Belge Mr Guido de BONDT
Secretary General | European Olympic Committee Mr Raffaele PAGNOZZI
Secretary General | Comité Olímpico Mexicano Mr Ricardo CONTRERAS HERNÁNDEZ
Mr André Gustavo RICHER Secretary General | Comitê Olímpico Brasileiro
Secretary General | United States Olympic Committee Scott BLACKMUN
Secretary General | Swiss Olympic Association Mr Roger SCHNEGG
Following the ban of a Russian Pride House during Sochi 2014, I support Pride House International’s campaign to invite National Olympic Houses in Sochi to host Pride House celebrations during the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Since its inception at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver/Whistler, Pride House has become a symbol of LGBT inclusion in the world’s most prestigious sporting event. We believe that the absence of a Pride House activation in Sochi, Russia is in conflict of the Olympic Charter’s Principle 6 "Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.” Complacency in protecting these human rights is an indication that LGBT athletes, officials, and spectators are not welcome in the Olympic and Paralympic movement."

Please say YES to a Pride House Celebration in your National House and celebrate your diversity and inclusive nature.