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Here’s What Could Happen to Openly Gay Athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics


Here are a few facts you guys need to know before this post goes any further:

1. The 2014 Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia.

2. Russia recently made it a crime to be openly gay.

3. I repeat, it’s literally illegal to be gay and proud in Russia.

And we chose to have the Olympics there? Sigh. Let’s figure this out, okay? It’s a crime to be openly gay in Russia, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and I’m going to guess that many athletes in next year’s olympics are going to be gay. So what are they supposed to do? Hide who they love?  This unacceptable discrimination is really bothersome. Gay people are not allowed to show who they love in public, this includes all who visit.

Essentially, all gay Olympic athletes will have to live a lie for a couple weeks because Russia has a homophobic leader who forbids his people to be openly gay. In the video below, from the organization All Out, a female figure skater’s win is portrayed, including her heart wrenching pain of not being able to hug and kiss her girlfriend who cheers in the crowd.

This video is powerful and saddening. With the hashtag, #lovealwayswins, All Out challenges the International Olympic Committee to condemn this ridiculous and irrational discriminatory behavior. Watch the video below.

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Katie is a Web Content Publisher for Launch Digital Marketing. She graduated with a degree in English from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She enjoys traveling, reality TV, and coffee--lots of coffee.