Russian gay activists say IOC chief refused meeting
olympics / russia

Russian gay activists say IOC chief refused meeting

Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA Novosti/AP (Pool) Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to newly appointed IOC President Thomas Bach, center, during the opening ceremony of a railway station in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, Monday. MOSCOW (AP) — Russian gay activists say the new president of the International Olympic Committee refused to meet with them while … Continue reading

Putin gives assurances on Sochi
homophobia / olympics / russia

Putin gives assurances on Sochi

Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP (Pool) Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meet at the Bocharov Ruchei residence at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia on Monday. SOCHI, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Monday that gay athletes and guests at the Winter Olympics in Sochi will feel at ease, seeking to … Continue reading

US Congress concerned over Russia’s anti-LGBT laws
olympics / russia / USA

US Congress concerned over Russia’s anti-LGBT laws

A group of 40 US Congressional representatives has sent a letter to the US Olympic Committee inquiring about the safety of American athletes competing in the Sochi Winter Games. Initiated by openly gay California Congressman Mark Takano and U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen  (Republican, Florida), the letter draws attention to Russia’s LGBT rights record that includes … Continue reading

IOC rep: everything “really magnificent” in Sochi
legislation / olympics / russia / sports

IOC rep: everything “really magnificent” in Sochi

Agence France Press is reporting that Jean-Claude Killy, International Olympic Committee coordination committee chairman, is enthusiastic about Russia’s preparations for the Winter games. “Everything is really magnificent,” said Killy at the committee’s final conference before the Games commence on February 7, 2014. The IOC added that it was satisfied that a Russian law banning “gay … Continue reading