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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.

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.’

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.

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.'

August 20, 2013

The International Olympic Committee needs to show its commitment to both helping Russia’s LGBT community through the Sochi Winter Olympics and tackling homophobia in sport

As the approach of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games raises attention to the official and unofficial homophobia of host country Russia, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) responses, or lack thereof, are increasingly disturbing.

Despite the rising calls for action, the IOC has remained impervious to appeals to work together to identify the problem and propose solutions.

August 12, 2013

Forget the Russian police, athletes who back gay rights during Sochi’s Winter Games may be punished by the Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee will likely stop any athlete who shows solidarity for LGBT Russians at the Sochi Games, GSN can reveal.

Gay Star News asked the global Olympic bosses what they were planning to do to ‘make sure the LGBT community in Russia can have a visible, proud, safe presence at the games’.

But the IOC replied the games were not the place for ‘political’ statements. Any participant who steps out of line may be punished, not by the Russians but by Olympic chiefs themselves.

August 8, 2012

Campaigners call on IOC to intervene to lift Russia's ban on Pride House at 2014 Winter Olympics

Gay rights campaigners will hold a protest in London over Russia's ban on a Pride House event at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Activists will picket the Sochi Exhibition in Kensington Gardens tomorrow (9 August), from 10.30am, to show their anger at the Russian Ministry of Justice's refusal to allow a Pride House at the games.

Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender campaigners had planned the venue to be a meeting place for gay athletes and their supporters with events including a sports competition and photo exhibition.

July 23, 2012

Demonstration outside IOC's hotel in London urges for ban on Olympics ban for countries which discriminate in sport

Protesters called on Olympics bosses to enforce its charter on discrimination and end homophobia in sport.

Yesterday (22 July), renowned gay rights activist Peter Tatchell led the demonstration outside the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London, which is hosting the International Olympic Committee for the duration of the 2012 games.

'The IOC should disqualify from the Olympics countries that discriminate against athletes on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion/belief, sexual orientation or gender identity,' Tatchell said.

July 20, 2012

A tiny fraction, far less than 1%, of athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be openly LGBT – meet the few who are going for gold

With Olympics bosses accused of failing to stand up for the rights of gay athletes, just how many out LGBT sportsmen and women are there competing in this year’s games? The answer: Not a lot.

According to blog, there are only 18 athletes playing for our team out of a total of 12,602. That’s a shocking less than 0.008%.

July 19, 2012

Activist Peter Tatchell slams IOC for 'ignoring' his calls for countries to sign equality pledge or face a ban from the games

Olympics bosses have been slammed as ‘all talk and no action’ after ‘ignoring’ calls to ban countries which discriminate against LGBT people in sport from taking part in the games.

In a response to Gay Star News, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) claimed ‘any unsporting behavior’ would be a ‘serious breach’ of the event’s charter.

July 18, 2012

Activist Peter Tatchell calls on nations to sign 'equality pledge' for LGBT rights or be banned from London 2012

Activist Peter Tatchell has written an open letter to Olympic bosses urging them to make a stand for gay rights by banning homophobic countries from competing in the games.

In an open letter to Olympic chiefs Jacques Rogge and Lord Coe, Tatchell calls on participating countries which are known to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to sign a pledge supporting equal rights or be disqualified from the sporting event.

April 1, 2012

International Olympic Committee will unveil new flag at London closing ceremony for Russia and Brazil games to push LGBT sport

UPDATE: This was our 2012 April Fool's Day story. Whether we fooled you or not, we hope you enjoyed it.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to alter the Olympic flag for four years in a global drive to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.

Gay Star News can exclusively reveal today (1 April) that a pink ring will be added to the Olympic flag to symbolize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex sportspeople.