Russia to enforce anti-gay law at Olympics

Gay rights activist Ann Northrop, a member of Queer Nation speaks to reporters during a demonstration in front of the Russian consulate in New York, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia's intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Gay rights activist Ann Northrop, a member of Queer Nation speaks to reporters during a demonstration in front of the Russian consulate in New York, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Waving your flag at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia will be OK, as long as the flag isn’t rainbow, leaders there say.

Thursday, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko warned athletes and visitors from other countries to keep their gay pride to themselves.

“No one is forbidding an athlete with non-traditional sexual orientation from coming to Sochi, but if he goes onto the street and starts propagandizing it, then of course he will be held accountable,” Mutko said in an article on Russian news service RIA Novosti.

Russia’s lower house, the State Duma, passed legislation June 13 that makes it illegal to promote a homosexual lifestyle. Passage was never in doubt as the measure passed by a 436-0 vote.

President Vladimir Putin, who likes gays about as much as he likes fair and open elections, said, “It’s not about imposing some sort of sanctions on homosexuality. … It’s about protecting children from such information.”

Companies can face fines of up to $30,000 for promoting a gay lifestyle. People would pay a maximum fine of $150 and can be detained up to 15 days before deportation for simply handing out gay rights pamphlets.

Even before the legislation was passed, participants in gay pride events have been visiting local gulags. They are the lucky ones. At least one gay man was tortured to death.

Openly gay speed skater Blake Skjellerup, who will represent New Zealand, vows to wear a gay pride pin from the 2012 Games while competing in Sochi. He said his message to Putin would be “know me before you judge me, and love is love, and I don’t think anybody should be persecuted.”

The International Olympic Committee recently stated athletes and visitors during the 2014 Winter Games would not be affected by the anti-gay legislation.

“This legislation has just been passed into law and it remains to be seen whether and how it will be implemented, particularly as regards the Games in Sochi,” the IOC said.

Gerhard Heiberg, a senior IOC member from Norway, said Thursday that in winning the games, Russia and the city of Sochi had committed to preventing discrimination of any sort. But he issued a word of caution to the athletes in an Associated Press story.

“At the same time we always say to our athletes, ‘We do not want any demonstrations in one or the other direction. Please, you are there to compete and behave. Please don’t go out on the Net or in the streets,’” Heiberg said. “I think it was very clear for London in 2012 and it will be very clear in 2014. Demonstrations in one way or another, no, but discrimination, absolutely not.”

Some are encouraging a boycott of Russian products, including vodka, and U.S. sponsors of the games, such as Coca-Cola.

Russian staple Stolichnaya Vodka is trying to stay ahead of the backlash. The company “came out swinging” against Russia’s anti-gay policies by saying it “stands strong and proud with the LGBT community.”

Locally, I’ve not heard of any bars banning Russian vodka. But those that do should consider Grey Goose, one of France’s finer liquids.

48 comments Add your comment

Iloveeveryone

August 1st, 2013
2:40 pm

Skynyrd

August 1st, 2013
2:41 pm

I love it. We should adopt that policy here

Buster

August 1st, 2013
2:45 pm

Skynyrd – is this the policy that you think the US should adopt? Brazen violence against peaceful civilians? http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/photos-from-russia-everyone-needs-to-see

MoFaux

August 1st, 2013
2:45 pm

Grey Goose is one of France’s finer liquids? Good God, of all the times I’ve been to France, never have I seen it imbibed there. Try a good Calvados or Armagnac instead of Grey Goose. Or, perhaps, wine or champagne??? But, it’s good to hear Stoli “come out”. Snowden must be so proud to live in such a free, uncorrupt country.

George Mathis

August 1st, 2013
2:52 pm

Clarification: I have nothing against France’s other esteemed liquids.

Reader #1

August 1st, 2013
2:54 pm

Skynyrd – please feel free to relocate if you feel that the Russians have more to offer you. I don’t think you’ll be missed here.

BillD66

August 1st, 2013
2:55 pm

Good for Russia!

Terry Williams

August 1st, 2013
3:18 pm

Russia got it right. hard to believe….they now have more of a moral compass than we do. What a role reversal! pathetic!

John Boy Walton

August 1st, 2013
3:20 pm

Buster:

Consider the atrocities of Waco, Ruby Ridge &c., and the communist waste material that is being shoved down our throats by the current ruling regime. Skynyrd does need to move anywhere to experience what you suggest. He can stay right here in the USA, with no difference whatsoever.

Surely, you must not be paying attention.

Joseph Hansen

August 1st, 2013
3:21 pm

God bless Russia. We don’t need that filth in this nation either. I wish we had someone like Putin as our President.

cc

August 1st, 2013
3:23 pm

Just wait till its your turn Joseph Hansen…

JG

August 1st, 2013
3:24 pm

I wish I didn’t have to live amongst a bunch of hypocritical “Christian” trash but alas I do. Move to Russia if you love their laws so much.

Joseph Hansen

August 1st, 2013
3:35 pm

No one cares if you are a homosexual. You wanna stay home and take … up your … that’s your business and I’m being serious. No one should be jailed or punished for practicing sex how they choose – My problem is the advertising of the Gay lifestyle as though it is normal. It’s not. There is a reason HIV and AIDS are at the highest rates in the Gay community. The … is not meant for penetration. It’s simple anatomy. Has nothing to do with Christianity. Just like common sense tells us that we don’t let 19 year old heterosexual boys sleep in the same room with 14/15 year old girls why is it ok for a twenty something homosexual man to share close quarters with 14/15 year old boys (BoyScouts Fiasco)…This is becoming insane. I’m sorry but I find two men together disgusting, immoral, and not normal. I was born this way!

JG

August 1st, 2013
3:46 pm

Actually some of the highest growth rates are now in the heterosexual and even elderly community so how did that happen? I mean after all you all are so pure and virtuous? You also recognize that ample numbers of heterosexual couples practice anal sex correct? Apparently lots of people care if others are homosexuals since that’s apparently a chic group for people to speak out against. Anyone who endorses beating people who don’t agree with a law ought not to be a country that we look to for advice on legislation and social commentary. And Vladimir Putin is hardly a moral compass.

JG

August 1st, 2013
3:47 pm

And for the record – I was born gay. I don’t think I’m “disgusting, immoral or abnormal.”

FarTrain

August 1st, 2013
3:52 pm

Alright! Finally found something I like about Russia and Pootin’. At least they have some common sense and logic over there. “When in Rome, do like the Romans do”, so all Olympians need to hide “gayety” under their pet rock or in their sock. Knowing them though, since they like to flaunt their sexuality, they will try to make it an issue rather than enjoy the sports as it’s intended.

FarTrain

August 1st, 2013
3:54 pm

JG, but the majority of the country does, and most of you are “bigots” anyway since you do not tolerant an opposing point of view, or accept it. That is the definition of the word “bigot” so that does indeed make you one. How’s it feel to be on the opposite side?

Jefferson

August 1st, 2013
3:56 pm

Hanson, you are losin in the USA, bud.

FarTrain

August 1st, 2013
3:57 pm

I agree Joseph Hansen. Putin would actually be an improvement in a lot of areas over the President we currently have.

JG

August 1st, 2013
4:01 pm

The majority of the country does what – you failed to articulate? You stated “most of you” – what constitutes”you?” – and let me say that bigotry actually takes it a step further. My parents are heterosexual and they don’t agree with you. My famiy goes to church and they don’t agree with you. Bigotry is not merely disagreeing with a point of view, it’s disagreeing and then using your opposition to oppress other people that you think are beneath you. So I don’t really feel like on the opposite side of anything there FarTrain – other than I’m on the opposite side of folks who willingly choose think they have a right to oppress other people, and believe that they are superior. I prefer to be on that side. I prefer to not be someone like you.

Diane

August 1st, 2013
4:02 pm

Joseph Hansen – I have a few questions about your post. 1) If not religion, then please tell me how you’ve come to determine that homosexuality is immoral? Based on your reasoning, anyone with pierced ears is also immoral. Our earlobes weren’t made to have jewelry hanging from them. They should make a law about wearing earrings in public then. 2) So your concern about a young boy and a young girl sleeping in the same rooms comes from the fear that the boy will put his penis in her butt? It has nothing to do with each child not being able to fully understand the scope of their actions? 3) Do you think gay people choose to be gay? They choose to live a life where they will be called “disgusting,” “immoral,” and “not normal?” 4) You do realize there are other ways to have sex, excluding the anus? Many people gay, lesbian or straight enjoy exploring these options. Also, is it ok for two girls to have sex, as long has nothing enters either’s anus?? 4)Finally, do you realize this post in fact is advertising your sexual preference?

It’s such a complex world of hate that you live in. I’m glad I get to live in such a simple world where I am happy to see someone that has found a person to love and share their life with.

Romuald Cyrille

August 1st, 2013
4:24 pm

Like your opinion mr Minister.

notagain

August 1st, 2013
4:24 pm

Doubtful Putin will be a leader here,But you can go there.

Romuald Cyrille

August 1st, 2013
4:25 pm

Enter your comments here

Gary St.Clair Sr.

August 1st, 2013
4:31 pm

Good for Russia. I am tired of hearing about the gays all the time. Less than 2% of population is gay and you would think there was 60-70% of them.

@ JG

August 1st, 2013
4:47 pm

How intolerant of you to label the majority of this country Christian trash. Since you are obviously the equivalent of Gay trash, your frivolous and hypocritical Opinions are irrelevant in Russia. You obviously don’t like being told what to do, so stop demanding others do the same. Tolerance is a two way street. Stop being so narrow minded to think your damaged gay genes make you an entitled class.

@ Diane

August 1st, 2013
4:53 pm

You have an obvious fetish with the sexual positions of homosexuals. You must enjoy the lifestyle as much as you go on and on about it. HomoSEXuality is obviously all about sex and has nothing to do with real love. Thanks to Diane’s comments for providing proof of the obvious.

Your words and your actions are your own worst enemies.

No Comment

August 1st, 2013
4:55 pm

JG

August 1st, 2013
5:10 pm

Actually it’s you who want to tell other people what to do – ye who won’t even post a name. See that’s the game right? People have free speech but we all have to agree with yours? See because that’s what you endorse – censorship for people who don’t agree with you? My genes are hardly damaged – and as a Christian who actually gets what Christianity is all about and that we all sin and yours is not better than mine – there was no label on the majority of Americans. That label was put on a particular poster. But of course it’s okay for you to label all gays right? Because you’re so bright. You are a hypocrite. Of the most monumental proportion. The only people who think they’re entitled are idiots like you. I don’t think I’m entitled – I have rights. Including to free expression – just like you. So guess what – if you don’t like that – leave this country because you aren’t embracing our values. I am equal to you. Not in intelligence – but I respect your right to post your stupidity in a public forum. Even if you couldn’t even have the gumption to attach a screenname to it. Coward.

Your opinions wouldn’t be relevant there if they were of the minority. You are clueless. I’ll go toe to toe with you all day.

JG

August 1st, 2013
5:16 pm

At the end of the day the pendulum of public opinion isn’t swinging in your direction. You really care about your country and it’s citizens? You think family values are so important? Then go target child abuse by heterosexual parents. Target all the teenaged pregnancies and try to help your community. Find ways to help children who are generally neglected. Get out and make your community better. I’m loving to my family – I nurture a beautiful family that embodies values and embraces human rights and dignity. Stop teaching children to hate – anybody. Teach them to disagree and choose their friends but not hate. That’s what constitutes values.

No

August 1st, 2013
5:43 pm

Enter your comments here

@ JG

August 1st, 2013
5:45 pm

LMAO … Like JG is your full name. What intolerant gay trash you are!

loel

August 1st, 2013
5:45 pm

the poor gays,,,,, they are so mistreated. Maybe they should complain to their straight moms and dads who in the absolute normal way conceived them or maybe when they have kids of their own, complain to them. Oh, excuse me, they can’t have kids can they???

No Proof

August 1st, 2013
5:46 pm

…. Of the homosexual gene.

Parents of JG

August 1st, 2013
5:54 pm

Y’all must excuse our flamboyant JG. We ignore him and talk behind his back like all normal people do. Just sad the way he has turned into this narcissistic butthole! What an absolute embarrassment he continues to be!

Name (required)

August 1st, 2013
5:56 pm

Enter your comments here (NO)

Jimmy

August 1st, 2013
6:03 pm

Putin and Russia have it right.My farm animals have better sense than these homosexuals.Sex is for reproduction and two of the same sex trying to do so is just sick,sick,sick.

Diane

August 1st, 2013
6:24 pm

You have an obvious fetish with the sexual positions of homosexuals. — Do you know what fetish means? I was asking about post that went on and about how bad one particular position is. If that’s a fetish…. well, then I must not understand English.

You must enjoy the lifestyle as much as you go on and on about it. HomoSEXuality is obviously all about sex and has nothing to do with real love. — Not that I have anything to prove to you. But I am happily married to a man and expecting my first child in December. So excellent job drawing the wrong conclusions. This makes me wonder… Have you ever spent any time with a homosexual couple? One of my good friends has been dating her girlfriend for almost 15 years now… even while one lived on the west coast while the other was on the east coast. They are an example of true, undying love.

Thanks to Diane’s comments for providing proof of the obvious. — What did I prove? I was asking questions about statements I did not understand.

Your words and your actions are your own worst enemies. — My words and my actions come from direction of the Bible. I was taught at a very young age to love my neighbor. It is my neighbor that will have to ask for forgiveness for his sins. It is not my job to judge.

Before you try to insult me again, I would really like to know the answers to my questions. Even if you just answer the one about the “immorality” of homosexuality, I would appreciate it.

JG

August 1st, 2013
6:27 pm

Thank you to the page four posters for making me feel so much better than all of you. Narcissism is truly easy when you’re responding to such a bunch of pathetic men. The commentary you contributed is about 8th grade level in its sophistication. Now excuse me I have a world to go corrupt. And Jimmy cracks me up – sex is just for reproduction? Oh yeah right… you’ve all never done that for pleasure. Now we get to the lying – back to those killer values. LMAO.

JG & Diane

August 1st, 2013
7:55 pm

We are obviously liars and losers. Homosexuality is a genetic defect.

JG's Lover

August 1st, 2013
7:58 pm

JG is not gay. In all honesty, JG sucks as a fake homo. Thanks to all the folks here that have helped me to realize that I need to “take out the trash”!

My Name

August 1st, 2013
7:59 pm

is required.

0fficer Rivieri

August 1st, 2013
8:10 pm

JG & Diane,

Since many top scientists believe laying with someone of the the same gender is merely a genetic defect, does that we should issue all these Citizens of Sodom free handicapped parking decals?

JG

August 1st, 2013
8:35 pm

Dear Lover,

I was planning on telling you that I have found new love. Our dog Waldo and I have been hiding our affection for one another. I am surprised you have not noticed our l o n g walks at night and how we are both out of breath when we return.

Gay Wishes,
JG & Waldo

Diane

August 1st, 2013
8:38 pm

My baby will be gay. That’s my plan anyway.

Edward

August 2nd, 2013
11:30 am

The “anti-gay” people never fail to prove themselves as nothing but hate-filled, ignorant, anti-American ***holes. Guess what, people? My boyfriend and I will walk down the street holding hands, we will dine together in restaurants, and we will be getting married next summer. And there isn’t a GD thing you can do about any of it. Don’t like it? Then stay the F home and lock your doors and close your blinds. We’re done hiding and lying about who we are, we’re going to be just as visible as you are.

@ Edward

August 3rd, 2013
2:44 pm

Very sad for you that it takes a same sex lover to make you feel good about yourself and to feel complete. Your quest for public attention just because you choose to be gay is pathetic. You just continue to make yourself a laughingstock. Perpetuating a stereotype will prove to be harmful overtime. You will never get the respect you blindly think you deserve.

The government just gave rights to one entitled group and dismantled voting rights of another. Blacks can prove their race, but homosexuals have no proof of their sexual orientation. Just remember, what the government just gave you they will eventually take away. Your rights can be stripped away much faster since you can’t prove the gay gene exists.

woodrow

August 6th, 2013
11:20 am

Well this is Russia. They haven’t really progressed much since WW2.