“I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian ‘correctively’ raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished and I for one, weep anew at seeing history repeat itself. ‘All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,’ so wrote Edmund Burke. Are you, the men and women of the IOC going to be those ‘good’ who allow evil to triumph? The Summer Olympics of 2012 were one of the most glorious moments of my life and the life of my country. For there to be a Russian Winter Olympics would stain the movement forever and wipe away any of that glory. The Five Rings would finally be forever smeared, besmirched and ruined in the eyes of the civilised world.” – Stephen Fry, in an open letter to the IOC and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Fry’s arguments are based on both history and humanity.
So powerfully written. Everyone both gay and straight should read the full letter.