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QUEER NATION To Protest Cokes Sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics Wednesday In NYC

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This upcoming Wednesday in Times Square, Queer Nation and all Americans who care about human rights abroad will be protesting Coca-Cola for its continued silence and sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  While the Russian LGBT community there are being persecuted by their country and in some cases kidnapped, tortured and even murdered by it’s anti-gay citizens Coke has remained silent on the issue and has not wavered in its support of the Olympic Games.

Via Queer Rising’s Facebook Event page:

“Coke: Don’t Sponsor Hate! The Coca Cola Company is sponsoring Russian government hate at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In June, Russia enacted its anti-gay propaganda law that bans any pro-LGBT statement in public or private and on the Internet. The Russian government has made being out and proud a crime. Coke is a World Partner and a major sponsor of the Games. Join Queer Nation NY and RUSA LGBT. Hashtag: #DumpCoke”

The protest is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 28, starting at 12:00 noon and continuing until 1:00 PM, in Times Square, NYC – NY

Be there.

This protest is not only the right thing.  It’s the real thing.

#DumpCoke

Senate Resolution To Be Introduced For IOC To Denounce Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

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Sen. Jeff Merkley plans to introduce a Senate resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee to denounce and oppose Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law and receive guarantees about the law’s enforcement during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

The resolution will ask the IOC both to oppose the law itself and to receive a guarantee that athletes and spectators will not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Merkley spokesman Jamal Raad said. The language is still being finalized, however, and he said the resolution will not be introduced formally until the Senate returns from its August recess. The resolution would be the Senate’s first formal statement regarding the Russian law, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in June. The Human Rights Campaign praised Merkley — also the lead sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban anti-LGBT discrimination in employment in the U.S. — for the move.

Can’t wait to see how many Republicans vote against this resolution and condone the persecution of LGBT people in Russia as well as the violent atmosphere that has resulted in LGBT people being beaten, tortured, and murdered by bigoted vigilantes.

Meanwhile, President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and the U.S. Goverment has remained silent on the matter and has not issued any denouncement of the Russian goverment itself.