With the International Olympic Committee announcement that it will add some protection for gay people into its charter and the agreements with host cities, there is much talk about whether it will have a true effect on the Olympic movement. No protection based on gender identity has been approved.
While some say it is a step in the right direction, and that policy must come before practice, the fact remains that two anti-LGBT cities are being considered to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, and that other nations that put gay people to death are still part of the Olympics.
MSNBC hosts a Twitter chat Thursday, Dec. 11, at 10amET, with Way Too Early's Thomas Roberts and Outsports' Cyd Zeigler to talk about the latest developments. To join simply send comments and questions to #msnbcchat.
What do you think about the Olympics' move? Is it one giant step forward for LGBT rights, or is there still a long way to go? How can we better protect our LGBT athletes? And what barriers do they face in being open about their sexuality?