US Olympic Team: Fly the colors of gay pride during the 2014 Olympics Opening Ceremony
  • Petitioning Scott Blackmun

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President, US Olympic Committee
Scott Blackmun
President, International Olympic Committee
Jacques Rogge (President, International Olympic Committee)

US Olympic Team: Fly the colors of gay pride during the 2014 Olympics Opening Ceremony

    1. Laurence Hewitt
    2. Petition by

      Laurence Hewitt

      NEW YORK, NY

Please join me in asking the US team at the 2014 Winter Olympics to show their support for human rights by flying the gay pride colors at the opening ceremony in Russia.

Like so many people around the world, I have been watching the increasingly violent treatment of the LGBT community in Russia and the passage of anti-gay legislation there. These laws that broadly criminalize speech about gay rights as "propaganda" are so vague that people simply wearing a t-shirt or holding a banner supporting gay rights can and have been arrested. The laws have also acted to tacitly accept hatred and violence against the LGBT community; since the passage of these laws there have been a spate of anti-gay attacks, some resulting in death.

Many athletes are already speaking out in support of human rights in Russia -- and displaying their support publicly. Two Swedish athletes recently painted their nails in rainbow colors at a track competition in Russia. Openly gay speed skater Blake Skjellerup of New Zealand has stated that he plans to wear a pride pin if he is able to attend the opening ceremony. These athletes -- and the LGBT community in general -- should be supported and the International Olympic Committee should take action to ensure that athletes who express support for human rights are protected, rather than punished.

By carrying the Gay Pride flag alongside their country's flag or wearing the colors on their uniform, athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be sending a strong message to the Russian government that their current policies of discrimination are not acceptable to the rest of the world. To truly march with pride, the athletes of the world should act with a single voice against this oppression. A voice that Russian citizens, themselves, cannot express.

Join me in asking the US team to show its support for human rights at this year's Olympic games in Russia.

To:
Scott Blackmun, President, US Olympic Committee
Jacques Rogge (President, International Olympic Committee), President, International Olympic Committee
Fly the colors of gay pride during the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Luis Yuriar ESCONDIDO, CA
      • 2 months ago

      I want this to happen.

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    • Daniel McWarren BOSTON, MA
      • 5 months ago

      Hi Laurence, will you help me get the word out about a fundraising campaign I created to support the Russian LGBT movement? The campaign is on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site, and we offer rewards for campaign backers (designer t-shirts and other things). Contributions to the campaign go to the Russia Freedom Fund, managed by the Arcus Foundation in NYC. Please check out the campaign, make a donation to help the Russian LGBT community, and receive your rewards. The campaign weblink is http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/russian-lgbt-rights-and-equality-t-shirt/x/6309466

      Perhaps you could share this message with all the people who signed your petition through the Change.org message system?

      PS - I have a friend who spread the word about my campaign to all 1,700 people who Friended her on her Facebook page. Would you do the same? Thanks! Daniel

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    • Karen hardwick HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • 5 months ago

      equality for ALL!

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    • von von SHELTON, WA
      • 6 months ago

      We must all stand up for those who have challenges to do the same

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    • Patti Marsh VA. BEACH, VA
      • 6 months ago

      Because they have the right to be who they are not who someone asks or undermines them or squares them in a box to be. WE are ALL one people, it is those who keep the defining divides that show the division in WE THE PEOPLE.....FLY THAT PRIDE FLAG PROUDLY AT THE 2014 SOCHI GAMES!!!!

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