Russia’s anti-gay legislation clearly violates the Olympic Charter, which recognizes that “the practice of sport is a human right" and that every individual must be able to practice “without discrimination of any kind.”  The International Olympic Committee is obligated to "act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic
Movement." The athletic community must stand together with the IOC and uphold Principle 6.

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UPDATE: October 9th

The IOC responded and confirmed that Principle does indeed apply to discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Yet, with games fast approaching, it's still illegal to even say the word "gay" publicly in Russia. The IOC must do more: we call upon them to speak out against the discriminatory laws that are fueling attacks on LGBT people in the host country of the 2014 Winter Games.


The countdown is on. With just months until the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, and the International Olympic Committee has taken no meaningful action in response to Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

We have already helped deliver over 300,000 signatures urging the IOC to stand up for equality in Russia. But, the IOC's response was not enough. They said "as long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied.”  

Well, we’re not satisfied.  Since when does a law that discriminates against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation – or any other basis – “respect” the Olympic Charter? Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter states:

"Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement."

Tell IOC President Bach that he needs to do more to uphold Principle 6 and stand in solidarity with all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. 

The Olympic Charter means more than words on a page. Russia’s anti-gay propaganda legislation clearly violates the Olympic Charter and the athletic community must stand together and uphold the principles of the Olympic Movement.  

Will you join our campaign with Olympic athletes across the globe to uphold Principle 6?


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