With the start of the Winter OIympics barely more than three weeks away, there is a lot going on related to the Games in Sochi and the passing of anti-gay legislation in Russia.
27 Nobel laureates join Sir Ian McKellen to protest over Russia's gay ‘propaganda’ ban - The Independent
Some 27 Nobel laureates from the fields of science and the arts are demanding that Russian President Vladimir Putin repeal repressive homophobic legislation which has placed his country at the centre of mounting international fury over gay rights.
Mainstream Russian media outlets don't cover gay issues neutrally — let alone positively. So, as the nation gears up to host the Winter Olympics, activists are calling on Western media to shed light on the plight of gay Russians. That puts NBC in the awkward position, as both a journalistic enterprise and a business partner of the Olympic Games.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will talk about gay rights in Russia during his visit to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, he told the Dutch parliament.
The U.S. State Department on Friday issued a travel alert to Americans traveling to Russia to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Retired German soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger called for people to "face up" to homophobia in Russia ahead of the Winter Olympics after coming out as a homosexual. "I'm fine with the fact that my story will be mentioned in relation to the Games, because the situation in Russia is something that needs to be talked about."
Moscow, a city of more than 11 million people, has only a handful of gay night clubs. Not one of those CNN visited with will allow a camera inside. The gay scene here is often referred to as a ghetto.
Sochi-based Andrei Tanichev sees the positive side of the discussion about LGBT rights sparked by the recent anti-gay "propaganda" law, and hopes local and national attitudes will change after the Olympics.
The Principle 6 campaign, which calls for and end to Russia's anti-gay legislation before February's Sochi Olympics, will sponsor Australia's four-man bobsled team for the rest of the season, campaign.
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