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.

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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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James Blake, US, Tennis

Belle Brockhoff, Australia, Snowboarding

Anastasia Bucsis, Canada, Speed Skating

Lindsey Carmichael, US, Para Archery

Rosanna Crawford, Canada, Bobsled

Caryn Davies, US, Rowing

Scott Donie, US, Diving

Alex Duckworth, Canada, Snowboarding

Imke Duplitzer, Germany, Fencing

Teresa Edwards, US, Basketball

Joerg Fiedler, Germany, Fencing

Tanner Gers, US, Para Track & Field

Suzy Favor Hamilton, US, Running

Mardy Fish, US, Tennis

Lee Ford, US, Archery

Duncan Harvey, Australia, Bobsled

Race Imobden, US, Fencing

Mike Janyk, Canada, Skiing

Mark Janoschak, Canada, Figure Skating

Sharon Kelleher, US, Para Tennis

Jen Kessy, US, Volleyball

Hedvig Lindahl, Sweden, Soccer

Lori Lindsey, US, Soccer

Ciarán Ó Lionáird, Ireland, Running

Esther Lofgren, US, Rowing

Khatuna Lorig, US, Archery

Greg Louganis, US, Diving

Lucas Mata, Australia, Bobsled

Simona Meiler, Switzerland, Snowboarding

Cameron Myler, US, Luge

Steve Nash, Canada, Basketball

Martina Navratilova, Czech Republic, Tennis

Gareth Nichols, Australia, Bobsled

David Pichler, US, Diving

Jana Pittman, Australia, Bobsled

Ben Provisor, US, Greco-Roman Wrestling

Astrid Radjenovic, Australia, Bobsled

Megan Rapinoe, US, Soccer

Andy Roddick, US, Tennis

Robbie Rogers, US, Soccer

Miriam Rothstein, US, Speed Skating

Anthony Ryan, Australia, Bobsled

Chris Seitz, US, Soccer

Sally Shipard, Australia, Soccer

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, US, Snowboarding

Heath Spence, Australia, Bobsled

Sarah Stewart, Wheelchair Basketball, Australia

Rennae Stubbs, Australia, Tennis

Nick Symmonds, US, Running

Dan Veatch, US, Swimming

Ji Wallace, Australia, Trampoline

Seth Wescott, US, Snowboarding