This summer, Russia’s legislature approved laws that many in the west are condemning as excessive, discriminatory, and flat out wrong. Many countries around the world have been reporting on the laws and arrests that have already been made. Experts on sport and society as well as celebrities are having a hard time coming to terms with the laws and have been speaking out as well.
So far, it appears that the Russians are sticking to the law and don’t show any signs of repealing or changing it. However, the law has been causing even more controversy lately as Russian government officials have stated that it will definitely apply at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Russia has recently bent to the pressure and stated that they will not discriminate or cause problems for any gay athletes. Still, the damage may have been done, and you can bet many people will be protesting and making statements against the law at the Olympics.
We thought we’d share what some athletes have been saying about the law and the games next year:
A New Zealand speed skater, Blake Skjellerup stated, “My sexuality is gay and being gay is not propaganda and I can’t change my sexuality and I’m not going, I guess, to change that during the Olympic Games.”
As well as, “My sexuality isn’t the be-all or end-all of who I am. However, given the situation in Russia, I think it’s important to highlight that and to be proud of that.”
Greg Louganis, an Olympic diving champion stated, “What if every sympathetic athlete were to dedicate their performance to their gay aunts or uncles? That’s something that’s very personal. That’s not making a political statement. It’s just honoring those LGBT people.”
These are just a few of the quotes out there in the news media about this issue. If you know of any athletes, politicians, celebrities, or others who have said some important things about the issue, feel free to add them to our quotes collections!