Swedish athlete paints nails rainbow to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws

Emma Green-Tregaro, a high jumper, risks arrest by choosing a discreet way of protesting against Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws

Swedish athlete paints nails rainbow to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws
15 August 2013

A Swedish athlete participating in the Moscow Athletics World Championships has painted her nails rainbow to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws.

High jumper Emma Green-Tregaro chose her own way to protest the federal laws banning ‘gay propaganda’.

‘It felt right,’ Green-Tregaro told journalists, and as reported by Reuters, showing off her nails painted red, yellow, gold, blue and purple.

‘I wouldn’t say it was a protest, more of a statement of what I think.’

She said she knew of one more Swedish athlete who had done it, the 200 meters runner Moa Hjelmer.

Green-Tregaro said she got the idea after seeing a rainbow over Moscow shortly after her arrival in the Russian capital.

‘When I first came to Moscow, the first thing I saw when I opened the curtains was a rainbow over Moscow and I thought that was a pretty good sign,’ she said.

‘I hadn’t thought about it before then I decided to paint my nails. I usually do my nails in something that feels good for me and it was a simple way of showing what I think.’

While Green-Tregaro is qualified for Saturday’s final (17 August), it is unknown whether Russian officials will consider her actions to be ‘gay propaganda’.

If they decide to arrest the athlete, she could be fined, held in Russian prison for up to 15 days, and then deported back to Sweden.

It comes as the International Olympic Committee revealed to Gay Star News that any athlete engaging in ‘political action’ at the Sochi Winter Games could be punished under their own ‘propaganda’ rules.

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