Monday, July 29, 2013

Gay Olympian opposes boycott of Games - So what?

Doing the right thing should be more important than medals.

New Zealand Stuff reports:
An openly gay Kiwi Olympian says more will be gained for gay rights by attending next year's Winter Olympics in Russia than boycotting them.

Christchurch speed skater Blake Skjellerup opposes calls by North American gay-rights activists for the Games in Sochi to be shunned after the country passed legislation banning ''gay propaganda''.
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''I have full trust in the International Olympic Committee that they will guarantee my safety.''
What a self-centered schmuck.

This issue is not about his personal safety. Moreover, the legislation banning "gay propaganda" is so ambiguous that it effectively bans gay. Furthermore, the government has tacitly condoned violence against gay people by both citizens and law enforcement agencies.

Boycotting the Olympics is one way of demonstrating that the Russian Federation is out of the mainstream with respect to LGBT acceptance.  The United States is obligated to demonstrate insistence for upholding basic human rights.

I get that the Russian Federation has become the world's leading producer of oil. Really I do. Nevertheless, the Russian laws have no scientific or social basis. They are gratuitous and lack any benefit for Russian society.

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