Politics, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, and You
It’s been a whirlwind of news coming from Russia these days. The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has become more than about athleticism and sportsmanship. With new anti-gay laws in place that ban the public expression of any “non-traditional sexual relations,” i.e., homosexuality—either in speech or displays of affection—Vladimir Putin has turned the Winter Games into a different type of theater.
Spectators and sports fans may be unsure to respond to the highly charged political atmosphere while viewing the games. The United States is making news of its own, too: President Obama is leading the American charge by, per PBS, ESPN, and other news sources, protesting this new legislation when he placed three openly gay superstars at the head of the delegation representing the US to the Sochi Olympics: tennis legend Billie Jean King, two-time Olympic medal ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow, and Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano.
Perhaps the exactly right time to be at the 2014 Olympics. If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ), you may wish to be a part of this historic event. Check out our general guide to traveling while LGBTQ
, and proceed with care. If you are a journalist or blogger, there is no doubt this is a must-go event. And, finally, if you are a sports fan, this will be a particularly important Games to remember. The International Olympic Committee is fully engaged in ensuring the optimal conditions and expectations of its players and athletes.
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