Putin: Gay People Welcome at Sochi Winter Olympics

The Russian President wants guests to 'feel comfortable' regardless of sexual orientation

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Participants demonstrate in front of the Russian Embassy as part of the 'To Russia With Love' Global Kiss-In on September 8, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country’s anti-gay laws have been the subject of global criticism, reassured the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday that gay people will be welcome at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation,” Putin told Thomas Bach, the head of the IOC.

Earlier this year Russia enacted a law banning the exposure of “homosexual propaganda” to children. Some feared it would threaten the rights of gay athletes, family members and reporters visiting Russia for the Winter Olympics.

[Reuters]

18 comments
joyoflife11
joyoflife11

Sounds like international pressure and bad press have taken its toll on Putin. I sure wouldn't want to be a Russian gay in Russia after the Olympics but I take Putin at his word that he won't let anything happen during the event.

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LeeDorsey
LeeDorsey

RIIIGHT! Except to Control White Aryan Goon Squad attacks by #ZHIRINOVSKY ’s followers. (You did see that now Zhirinovsky wants all Chechnyan women sterilized!) Pay Attention Folks! Putin loves to let ‘goon squads’ do his dirty work even before the new ‘law’ …REMEMBER what they did to Dan Choi when he attended Gay Pride? In fact DID they ever allow Gay Prides? HA!

BushFlushedAmerica
BushFlushedAmerica

How does trying to protect children from homosexual propaganda equal persecution ?

InisMagrath
InisMagrath

TRANSLATION: "Participants and guests should feel comfortable in Sochi. Then, as soon as the games are over, we'll resume our persecution of Russian gays."

jaelphelps
jaelphelps

We can all agree that homosexuals should be put to death but the Olympics is a place where people should gather for the games and not punishment of homosexuals unless of course the homosexual crime was committed in the Olympic vicinity and then obviously it is common sense

LesPaulMarshall
LesPaulMarshall

Did the youths that are raping and beating gays, agree to this plan?

eagle11772
eagle11772

Oh yeah, you can TRUST Putin ! :)

joyoflife11
joyoflife11

@BushFlushedAmerica

He's not trying to protect children from homosexual propaganda. He's preventing homosexuals, an already slandered group in Russia, from defending themselves. That is persecution.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@jaelphelps 

Are you suggesting a new Olympic Games event, execution of homos in a stadium?  Stones and swords?