Putin does’nt beleive his anti-gay law will affect the Olympics

Did you celebrate marriage equality in Cali? Did you go to SF Pride and throw yourself into the mosh-pit of queers as you celebrated the long awaited strike of DOMA?

Russians are not only living in fear, they are being targeted for being LGBTQUIA and cannot celebrate in public. Not only Russians are subject to this law but foreigners will be held for over two weeks and kicked out of Russia if they are found to be ‘pro-gray’. What happens in the 15 days? I don’t want to find out.
However, the 2014 Olympic LBTQUIA athletes might get detained if they are openly gay/queer.
The athletes can legally be detained and kicked out of Russia. They might get tortured if they are publicly displaying any affection or showing support for LGBTQUIA communities- I say this because there is footage circulating youtube on the attacks on LGBTQUIA members, especially young gay males.
This is a genocide seen one too many times.
shutterstock_782602361-e1354222353234-700x448Hate is legal. Anything seen as ‘pro-gay’ will be attacked. If we are left to define the law by our own accord, we will continue to have marginalized communities suffering violence and death at the hands of those who have the right according to the law-this goes beyond Stand your ground, more like 6 feet underground. Sound familiar? We have our own experience with these types of laws as we meet the Zimmerman’s of the world who get to go on trial to reveal the broken system in our democracy-hate is supported by the law. Who will aid the Russian LGBTQUIA?
Now it is in full effect, like “Desaparecidos” style- I wouldn’t be surprised if these young LGBTQUIA generation will be erased, like they do not deserve to exist. Not only are they being targeted, they are being sought out, tricked by the ‘law abiding citizens’ to admit they are LGBTQUIA and who can show their torture victims off like trophies.
Perhaps holding these LGBTQUIA torture-trophies up in the air like gold medals can be addressed with the next Olympics. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) response is“[We] would like to reiterate our long commitment to non-discriminate against those taking part in the Olympic Games,” The IOC told Gay Star News The IOC is an open organization and athletes of all orientations will be welcome at the Games.”
What can be done? “For starters, cities like Los Angeles, Quebec and Paris should drop, or suspend, their Sister City relationships with Russian cities.” Says Americablog.com

What is being done? RUSA LGBT, a Russian-speaking LGBT organization based in New York has decided to ban the 2014 Olympics: “LGBT people in Russia are scared, they live in fear, and we want people to be aware of the issue. If they feel strongly about human rights they should boycott the Olympics in Sochi,” said Nina Long, co-president of the organization in an interview with RIA Novosti, a state-run news outlet.
We have to go beyond banning vodka at LGBTQUIA bars/clubs. The Olympics and sports in general are usually a field utilized for responses on political and social issues/upheavals. ‘Sports diplomacy uses the sport as a means to influence diplomatic, social, and political relations.’ (Wikepedia) This will also be played out in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
How fortunate we are to have the Olympics in Russia in order to address this ongoing crime on human rights. Only on this huge playing field can we truly exercise our voices, it seems. Let them ring, louder than any cheers for any flag, any country, any sport-the LGBTQUIA community will not be left to be a sport by those that think they are official referees for humanity, including Putin and draconian Russia, who are playing God, post-communism. How unfortunate/devastating/cruel/inhumane it will continue to be for LGBTQUIA Russians until they can reach their equality/civil victory.


Karen Anzoategui is a writer/actor/activist within Los Angeles. Karen received her B.A. in theatre from Loyola Marymount University. Karen has a solo show Ser: L.A. vs. B.A. a Queer transnational tale of choosing between Buenos Aires: the soccer mecca burning in her heart, and Los Angeles: the land of peace and plenty which most recently played at the Macha Theatre in Weho. She has been developing her writing with the L.A. Writers Center since 2008. Other credits include REDCAT, Casa 0101, Nate Holden Performing Arts Center with Teada Prod, Ruby Tragically Rotund directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera at LATC as understudy, ProClitvities at Highways Theatre and Henry V and The Changeling with Independent Shakespeare Co at Barnsdall Park and the Lillian Theatre, Sissy by Ricardo Bracho at CoA. Karen is a stand-up comedian featured on SiTv’s Latino 101 and throughout venues in Los Angeles. Karen is also involved in humanitarian efforts within the HIV field providing housing and hope for people living with HIV/AIDS through the Serra Project. Add me on TWITTER! http://twitter.com/@karenanzoategui

One thought on “Putin does’nt beleive his anti-gay law will affect the Olympics

  • July 28, 2013 at 6:23 am

    “The International Olympic Committee said Friday that athletes and visitors attending the 2014 Sochi Games in Russia will not be affected by anti-gay legislation passed last month.”

    “The IOC has received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games,” according to the statement emailed to USA TODAY Sports.


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