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June 27, 2014

Brazil superstar Neymar is reportedly under investigation for his choice of colorful boxers

FIFA, which declared homophobic chants by Mexico fans at the World Cup to not be a problem, has turned its attention to a far more serious matter.

Brazilian soccer star Neymar was spotted wearing a pair of Blue Man boxers, featuring his country’s yellow and green flag against Cameroon on Monday.

But the only problem is that Blue Man is not a FIFA World Cup sponsor.

According to Brazilian media reports, the 22-year-old soccer superstar is now being investigated by his choice of underwear with FIFA claiming it violates its disciplinary code.

June 23, 2014

Chant has been used during Mexico's games when goalie for opposing team has the ball

Fans of Mexico's World Cup team are free to chant the word 'puto' during games despite it being considered an anti-gay slur by some.

The chant is used to insinuate someone is weak or unmanly and can be heard when the opposing team's goalie has the ball.

June 21, 2014

Mexican soccer coach Miguel Herrera has defended fans using anti-gay slurs at matches, saying it is just part of their participation in the game

The soccer coach of the Mexican World Cup team has defended Mexican fans using gay chants at matches, saying he doesn’t think they are a serious issue.

Miguel Herrera has said he doesn’t think the chants are at all bad, and they are just part of the fans’ participation.

April 16, 2014

Dozens of people were arrested under the gay propaganda law in Sochi, and activists are hoping this never happens again

Over 100,000 people have called on the IOC to ensure the Olympics are never hosted in an anti-gay country again.

While the International Olympic Committee has hinted the rules could be changed in the future, activists are hoping any homophobic countries will be stopped from reaping the rewards of hosting the Games.

The last Olympics in Sochi, Russia, drew a huge amount of international criticism. Dozens of people were arrested under the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

February 28, 2014

LGTBI activist Sarah Gibson explains why the International Olympic Committee must reconsider its views on transgender and intersex athletes

Much to the dismay of Russia, the Sochi games will not be remembered for its extravagant spending but for the opposition to Russia’s continuing human rights abuses against LGBTI people. 

In the run up to the games, principle 6 of the Olympic Charter has been widely quoted.

It reads: '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'.

February 23, 2014

'In the [bid] process it would be helpful. I would like to see it but I also understand it's not that easy'

On the last day of the Sochi Winter Games, tennis legend Billie Jean King hopes the International Olympic Committee changes its charter to specifically declare anti-gay discrimination is prohibited.

'Hopefully [IOC president] Mr [Thomas] Bach and the IOC will think about the next time they give a bid out - I hope that they'll look at discrimination as a big part of it,' she said to the BBC.

'But no country is perfect. America certainly isn't,' King continued. 

February 19, 2014

Star Trek icon tells GSN: “This Olympics is really a chilling thing because it reminds me of the 1936 Olympics when the Olympics Committee provided an international platform for Adolf Hitler'

George Takei has been watching some of the Olympics in Sochi even though he strongly believes they never should have been allowed to be held in a country with an anti-gay propaganda law in place.

The openly gay Star Trek icon tells Gay Star News that he considers the International Olympic Committee 'spineless' for not moving the games after it was clear that 'Russia breaks the pledge to the Olympic creed of no discrimination.'

February 18, 2014

IOC spokesman says countries who do not abide by an anti-discrimination rule could factor in decisions on the bidding process

Russia, and other countries with homophobic laws, could be banned from hosting the Olympics under a proposed new rule.

The International Olympics Committee has responded to calls that countries must abide by a specific anti-discrimination decree modelled on the Olympic Charter’s Principle 6.

Principle 6 says sport does not discriminate on any grounds, including race, religion, politics or gender.

February 16, 2014

The Principle 6 campaign fights against Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws

The struggle for LGBTI equality in Russia has a new ally.

Pop singer Rihanna posted on her Twitter and Instagram accounts a black and white photo of her wearing a P6 hat.

February 9, 2014

Despite arrests, reported beatings and threats of sexual violence against activists who were detained, the IOC says nothing except that Russia was acting in accordance with its laws

Since the start of the Sochi Olympic Games on Friday, some 61 activists – 24 of them for staging pro-gay demonstrations – have been arrested across Russia. Some of those held in Moscow have reported being beaten while in police custody.

February 7, 2014

Read the amazing speech from the ‘gay Olympic opening ceremony’ condemning Russian hate and the IOC

An alternative Olympic ceremony has seen a Rainbow Flame lit in Berlin to be tended day and night throughout the games, as a symbol of hope for LGBTI rights in Russia.

Here is an exclusive translation of the speech made by Alfonso Pantisano at the lighting ceremony:

Dear friends, welcome to Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

January 26, 2014

Clothing line uses Olympic charter’s anti-discriminatory Principle 6 to show opposition to Russia’s ‘non-traditional sexual relations’ law, and has athletes on-side

Gay rights campaigners have joined forces with clothing brand American Apparel to produce and promote a range of garments that encourage diversity in sport ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month.

The campaign uses Principle 6 from the Olympic charter to express opposition to Russia’s controversial anti-gay propaganda law that was introduced last summer.

Principle 6 states: ‘Sport does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise.’

January 20, 2014

Mario Pescante has accused Barack Obama of 'political terrorism' after including three gay athletes as part of the delegation to the Sochi Olympics

An Olympics official has offered a half apology for his slam on the US including gay athletes in its delegation to the Sochi Olympics next month.

Mario Pescante, former vice president of the International Olympics Committee, said the US should not be ‘promoting’ gay rights while in Sochi.

‘It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have [been established],’ he said.

Facing calls to resign, he has now admitted he used the wrong ‘terms’ to criticize President Barack Obama.

January 16, 2014

Italian member of the IOC says it is 'absurd' the US is sending gay athletes and should not be 'promoting' LGBTI rights

A senior IOC member has slammed the US for including gay athletes in its official delegation to the Olympics next month.

Mario Pescante, former vice president of the International Olympics Committee, is reported to have said the US should not be ‘promoting’ gay rights while in Sochi.

‘It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have [been established],’ he said.

‘The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.’

December 13, 2013

Aussie Belle Brockhoff is the one of the only known gay athletes to compete in Sochi, and is planning to wear an anti-discrimination clothing line

A gay snowboarder is to risk arrest and deportation at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia next February.

Australian athlete Belle Brockhoff is the only known openly gay athlete to be qualified for next year’s Games.

Going for gold in the snowboard cross, this is the 20-year-old’s first Olympics and she is going to make it count.

‘I'm one of those people who just wants to separate politics from sports,’ she said.

December 10, 2013

IOC chief sends letter to all prospective Olympians to avoid causing 'controversy' while competing in Russia

Athletes have now been expressly warned against protesting against the anti-gay laws in Russia while they compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics next year.

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has told athletes they should avoid being involved in any ‘controversy’.

The IOC will draw up a letter to send to athletes when it meets in Lausanne, Switzerland today (10 December).

‘As an athlete, you do not want to be confronted with any kind of political controversies at the Games,’ he said, according to the BBC.

November 30, 2013

Representatives from a group of of Russian LGBTI rights organizations meet with the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach

In a Paris meeting with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, representatives from Russian gay rights organizations asked Bach to seek specific answers on how Russian authorities will enforce 'gay propaganda' laws during the 2014 Winter Games.

November 21, 2013

Now LGBTI activists get ready to turn Coca-Cola’s headline sponsorship of the Sochi games into an embarrassing failure

Coca-Cola has indicated it will not be taking a stance against Russia’s anti-gay laws at the Sochi Winter Olympics where it is a headline sponsor.

The soft drinks firm has also backed the International Olympic Committee’s response to Russian human rights abuses.

October 28, 2013

With the start of 2014 Winter Games now 100 days away, Russian president tries to soften anti-gay tone

Russian President Vladimir Putin is saying gays are welcome at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

With his country's widely-criticized anti-gay propaganda law still in place, Putin on Monday (28 October) for the first time appeared to be making some kind of gesture to the LGBTI community as the worldwide sporting event draws closer.

October 1, 2013

Bode Miller, one of the greatest American downhill skiers in history, has spoken out against those who say sports people should not speak out on political issues

A US Olympic ski champion has called Russia’s anti-gay laws ‘absolutely embarrassing’.

Bode Miller, the greatest downhill skier in American history, said he felt he had no choice in speaking out on the ‘gay propaganda’ laws controversy surrounding the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Games will be held in just over 100 days time.

‘I think it is absolutely embarrassing there are countries and people who are that intolerant or that ignorant,’ Miller told reporters yesterday (30 September) at the US Olympic media summit.

September 27, 2013

'The IOC has completely neglected its responsibility to athletes, corporate sponsors, and fans'

The largest LGBT rights group in the US is blasting the International Olympic Committee for not taking a stand against Russia's anti-gay propagenda law.

At a press conference Thursday (26 September), IOC chairman Jean-Claude Killy stated that unless the Olympic Charter is clearly violated, 'the IOC doesn't have the right to discuss the ... laws that are in place in the country hosting the games.'

September 5, 2013

Outgoing president Jacques Rogge has said they are considering Yelena Isinbayeva's role as an ambassador after her anti-gay comments

The Olympics president has admitted he is powerless to stop the anti-gay laws during the Sochi Winter Games.

Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee’s outgoing president, has said the world organization can do little to nothing.

Speaking in Buenos Aires, he said: ‘We have received some oral and written assurances about the fact the Russian Federation will respect the Olympic charter and no negative effect will occur for people attending in or participating in the Games.

September 2, 2013

The International Olympic Committee has ruled out the possibility of moving the Sochi Olympics out of Russia over its treatment of LGBTs in a letter to Australian Greens leader Christine Milne, saying there’s not enough time left for that to happen

The Director General of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has categorically ruled out moving the Sochi Winter Olympics to another country over Russia’s so-called gay propaganda ban in a letter to Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne.

In the letter, which has been obtained by GSN, the IOC’s Christophe De Kepper said  it was impossible to move the games at such a late stage.

August 26, 2013

Despite assurances from Russian government that gays will be punished, presidential candidate for the International Olympic Committee Ng Ser Miang has expressed his approval about the upcoming games

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) presidential candidate is confident the Sochi Winter Olympics next year will be ‘wonderful’.

Ng Ser Miang, who could replace current IOC president Jacques Rogge on 10 September, made a statement from his office in Singapore today.

He believes the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators will be protected at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, despite Russia’s anti-gay law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ and conflicting reports from Russian government as to how the laws will apply during the Olympics.