Eric Trump appeared on Fox & Friends Monday, where he was asked about his reaction to Gus Kenworthy’s Olympic tweet stating that he was “so proud” of everyone who worked so hard to get to the Olympics, ahead of the closing ceremonies “Well…Everyone except Ivanka. Honestly, wtf is she doing here??”
Quasi-Ericmodo Trump replied:
I think it’s disgusting.
The Olympics is a time of happiness,” he added. “We did great, we won so many gold medals. Ivanka is an unbelievable representative for this country. She is so poised, she’s so elegant. She’s a role model for so many people.”
So, to hear that, that’s not what the Olympics is about. Politics should not enter into the Olympics.”
When asked if it bothered him Eric-modo continued:
“Yeah, it does bother me, and it should bother us as a society. Can you imagine if Sasha or Malia [Obama] went over to the Olympics and somebody said that about them?” he added.
To that this humble web-journalist replies:
“We watched Sasha or Malia grow up. We knew Sasha or Malia. Sasha or Malia was a friend of ours. Ivanka, you’re no Sasha or Malia.”
*We’d like to apologize to Quasimodo for any discomfort that the comparison to Eric Trump in this post might have caused.
Victor Gutierrez, a very “woofy” member of the Spanish national water polo team, has come out as gay in an edition of the magazine Shangay.
Said Gutierrez to the magazine:
“I had been thinking about it for quite some time…I’m out of the closet at home. My family knows I’m gay, my friends too. And I’m living so comfortably with my sexuality that I felt a responsibility to come out and share it.”
“Although I’m coming out, I respect those who choose not to. I have never met anyone who has judged me as an athlete for my sexuality. It has always been based on my performance. As a gay athlete, I feel the responsibility to come out because it is very important. There have been more than 70 homophobic attacks in Madrid so far this year, it is a reality that we live. And there are almost no athletes who say they are gay. But in my experience, people have changed; as an athlete, everything I have experienced is absolutely positive.”
Wrote Gutierrez on Instagram
“This is the result of a bold and informed decision . It took a lot of thought but I am proud to do my part for gay visibility in the sport. Thanks to my family who have always supported me, my stalwart friends who have been by my side , the team at Shangay (magazine), and to all those who in one way or another have made me the person I am . And especially to Javier Caceres Perez for being the brains and give me the strength I needed to take this step forward. This is me. Hugs and kisses for everyone!
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Rio De Janeiro, where robust LGBT protections already exist but the International Olympic Committee today announced that future Olympics host cities must sign a contract with an added clause vowing to protect LGBT participants and attendees from discrimination.
“This is a significant step in ensuring the protection of both citizens and athletes around the world and sends a clear message to future host cities that human rights violations, including those against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, will not be tolerated,” said Andre Banks, co-founder and executive director of All Out, the global movement for love and equality. “This is a particularly important moment for the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens who face discrimination and persecution not only in Russia but in countries all over the world. We will continue working to make sure this change is powerfully enforced – these new rules must prevent a replay of Sochi.”
According to IOC Sports Director, Christopher Dubi, the new clause will include “the prohibition of any form of discrimination, using the wording of Fundamental Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter.” This clause will ensure that future host cities must abide by international human rights standards in order to host the games, including the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and athletes. “By adopting a non-discrimination clause into its host city contracts, the IOC is showcasing its own realization that we must protect the rights of every athlete to live free and openly,” said Hudson Taylor, Executive Director of Athlete Ally. “The Principle 6 campaign sought to shed light on the responsibility of host countries to uphold the olympic values, and this action validates all of the hard work by organizations and individuals across the world who’ve engaged in the fight for LGBT equality.”
A useless public relations stunt after the horrible fact of Sochi to save face a little too little and a little too late. The IOC is only requiring that countries that host the Olympics agree to not discriminate against ATHLETES and SPECTATORS. It says nothing about anti-gay laws excluding a country from hosting the Olympics. Saudi Arabia could do this, as could Iran or Uganda or any other country with anti-gay laws.
Human Rights Watch has released a disturbing video detailing many of the violent criminal exploits of Russian citizens and anti-gay vigilante groups who’s hate has become empowered by Russia’s recent passage of anti-gay laws.
As the host to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, which begin on February 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia should act in accordance with the principle of nondiscrimination, a core provision of the Olympic Charter. As a member of the Council of Europe, and party to multiple human rights treaties, it should meet its obligations to provide equal respect and protection for LGBT people.
The Russian authorities have the power to protect the rights of LGBT people, but instead they are ignoring their responsibility to do so,” said Tanya Cooper, Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch. “By turning a blind eye to hateful homophobic rhetoric and violence, Russian authorities are sending a dangerous message as the world is about to arrive on its doorstep for the Olympics that there is nothing wrong with attacks on gay people.”
WARNING: The video below contains graphic images and may be upsetting. It should also be seen by every American Olympic athlete who is going to Sochi thinking that their medals and competing in the Olympics is more important than human lives.
A gay Russian protester was tackled to the ground and detained by Olympic security on Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.
Photos uploaded by his friends show Pavel Lebedev pulling out the flag and then being detained by Olympic security personnel, who wrestle him to the snow as they wait for police to arrive. Lebedev, reached by The Associated Press on the phone, said he was still in the police station and undergoing questioning.
The Olympics being held in Russia as America and the world standing by while the Russians dehumanize the gay members of their society is disgusting, and completely against everything we are supposed to stand for. I feel nothing but disgust and shame for those who participate in the Olympics and are turning a blind eye to Russia’s human rights abuses.
On Saturday afternoon, as the flame moved from the Acropolis, in Greece where it had stayed overnight, to a cauldron inside the courtyard of the Acropolis Museum, Dozens of rights activists gathered on the museum’s steps in a peaceful protest. Some held rainbow flags, while others held a banner reading “Homophobia is not in the Olympic Spirit” and “Love is not Propaganda.”
Another banner mentioned “Putin’s victims” allegedly beaten, raped or murdered for being gay.
“The Olympics should have taken a stand against this law in Russia because the Olympic ideals are for supporting human rights and diversity and that’s not what’s happening in Russia,” said protester Zak Kostopoulos.
After a seven-day run through Greece, the flame will cover 40,000 miles on Russian soil. The record-setting relay will start on Monday in Moscow, in a ceremony attended by Russia President Vladimir Putin, and will finish in Sochi on Feb. 7, the opening day of the games.
Is it too much to hope that one of the torch bearers might be gay and have an opportunity to shove it straight up Vladimir Putin’s ass?
Bromantic five-time Olympic skiing medalist Bode Miller in an interview with the Associated Press yesterday didn’t hold back any punches when asked about Russia’s anti-gay laws.
“‘I think it’s absolutely embarrassing that there’s countries and there’s people who are that intolerant and that ignorant,” he said Monday, one of the few athletes willing to take a stand on the subject at the U.S. Olympic media summit featuring Sochi hopefuls. ‘But it’s not the first time,” Miller said. “We’ve been dealing with human-rights issues probably since there were humans.” At 35 and with five Olympic medals to his credit, Miller is trying for his fifth Winter Games. He has, over the years, built a reputation as an unconventional firebrand, unafraid to state his opinion on sports, skiing or society in general. He said the Russian law puts athletes in an awkward position. “I think it’s unfortunate when they get stuffed together because there are politics in sports and athletics,” Miller said. “They always are intertwined, even though people try to keep them separate or try to act like they’re separate. Asking an athlete to go somewhere and compete and be a representative of a philosophy and … then tell them they can’t express their views or they can’t say what they believe, I think is pretty hypocritical or unfair.”
Miller like many athletes have stepped forward to speak out against the Russian law, but stop short of calling for an Olympic boycott or action which “I think is pretty hypocritical or unfair.”
Last night on his new ESPN show Keith Olbermann opened with a 9-minute rant about Russia’s anti-gay laws, the IOC, and Vladimir Putin.
Pure Olbermann. It’s AWESOME
Someone get this awesome straight man an honorary gay card or give him an award already.
The Russian organizing chief of the Sochi Olympic Games, Dmitry Chernyshenko is begging the International Olympic Committee to help downplay and do something about all the fallout over Russia’s anti-gay laws, because of the demonstrations and ramifications from around the world that it might cause at the Olympic Games.
“It’s very important to have your support to stop this campaign and this speculation regarding this issue,” Chernyshenko said at an assembly of members of the IOC.
Reuters also claims that Chernyshenko also said that the law banning “gay propaganda” does not affect gays. And because Putin recently gave an award to a gay person, Russia respects homosexuals.
“The constitution of the Russian Federation guarantees equality of rights for everybody in the country. It explicitly prohibits any form of discrimination,” he told the IOC session…
“We make this clear. This law recently passed does not prohibit homosexuality directly or indirectly. It does not contradict elements of the Olympic Charter. It will not stop 2014 proudly upholding the Olympic values,” Chernyshenko said.
“The law will have no impact for any guest visitor. Whether athletes or just fans or members of Olympic family, everybody is welcome to enjoy the fantastic Games.”
Chernyshenko said Putin had awarded “the highest Russian order” to a homosexual recently. “This is a greatest example of diversity of our country. It’s important to have your (IOC) support in this campaign.”
Meanwhile Sochi 2014 Marketing commission chairman Gerhard Heiberg added that is afraid that: “The American sponsors are afraid what could happen. This could ruin a lot for all of us.”
This is a sign that the protests are working we all need to keep the pressure going.
And as for Dmitry, Gerhard , and the IOC. Cry me a fucking river boys. This is one PR battle that you will not win especially when he louder Russia screams their denials of injustice, the clearer picture becomes that they are lying and the world gets of the true situation.
Russian ultranationalist and former skin head, Maxim Martsinkevich, known under the nickname “Cleaver” (or “Tesak” in Russian) spearheaded a country wide campaign against LGBT teens using a popular social network VK.com to lure unsuspected victims through personal ads.
Mr. Martsinkevich’s numerous and enthusiastic followers started two projects: “Occupy Pedophilyaj” and “Occupy Gerontilyaj”. Allegedly they are trying to identify and report pedophiles using these “movements”. In reality, over 500 online groups have been created inside VK.com social network in order to organize illegal militant groups in every Russian city. Oddly enough their idea of fighting pedophiles targets exclusively male teenagers who respond to the same-sex personal ads and show up for a date. Captured victims are bullied and and sometimes tortured while being recorded on video. These self-proclaimed “crime fighters” perform their actions under the broad day light, often outside and clearly visible to general public that indifferently passes by or even commend them. Video recordings of bullying and tortures are freely distributed on the Internet in order to out LGBT teens to their respective schools, parents and friends. Many victims were driven to suicides, the rest are deeply traumatized. So far Russian police took no action against these “movements” even though Russian criminal code was clearly violated and despite numerous complaints from parents, victims and LGBT activists. Social network VK.com intermittently shuts down selected groups and profiles only to allow them to be re-open on the next day. Currently, the founder of VK.com, Pavel Durov, resides in the US and so far has not released any comments.
RUSSIAN LGBT PERSECUTION AND HATE MUST BE STOPPED!
WARNING: This graphic and violent video shows an underage victim in Moscow, Russia. The Russian bullies set up a the youth on a dating site, caught him and are interrogating him about his lifestyle choices. They force him to say his full name, number and address and promise him to show this video to all his friends. They force him to agree to ex-gay conversion therapy. They also force him to say that he approves of what their “organization” is doing and will help them promote their cause. They pour urine on him from a beer bottle and the video ends.
No child should have to go through this.